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Tabby Tuesday bannerHalf Nelson (2006)

Half Nelson poster

Hunting Lane Films
Starring:
 Ryan Gosling, Shareeka Epps
Also Starring:  Kitty, Chino
Directed by: Ryan Fleck

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains some spoilers for this film!

Synopsis: Dan Dunne (Ryan Gosling) is an unconventional history teacher in an inner-city school struggling with drug addiction when he befriends Drey (Shareeka Epps), one of the girls on the school’s basketball team.

Kitty Cameos: Dan owns a tabby cat named Dave who is seen inside Dan’s apartment. Dan is seen holding and petting Dave and feeding him. It is clear his character, though troubled, cares deeply for the cat.

Half Nelson - Dan Dunne Ryan Gosling lying on couch with tabby cat Dave

Half Nelson - Dan Dunne Ryan Gosling lying on mattress with tabby cat Dave nearby

Half Nelson - Dan Dunne Ryan Gosling lying on mattress with tabby cat Dave nearby

Half Nelson - tabby cat Dave eating from bowl

Half Nelson - tabby cat Dave eating from bowl wide shot

Half Nelson - Dan Dunne Ryan Gosling lying on couch with tabby cat Dave

Kitty Carnage Warning!  One day Dan scoops out some food into Dave’s bowl and calls him. When the cat doesn’t come, Dan looks for him and finds him dead on the floor. It’s unclear if Dave was supposed to have died from natural causes or from neglect. The deceased cat is not seen too clearly in the shot and was in reality a fake cat.

Half Nelson - dead tabby cat Dave lying on floor

A short time later Dan talks to a drug dealer named Frank (Anthony Mackie) and tells him to stay away from Drey. After talking for a while, Frank invites Dan in for a drink. Dan sees a small white and black cat and picks it up. Frank tells him not to touch the cat and then stops him before Dan can bring it inside. Dan sets the cat down and Frank kicks at it, scaring it away.

Half Nelson - Dan Dunne Ryan Gosling holding white and black cat with Frank Anthony Mackie

Half Nelson - Dan Dunne Ryan Gosling holding white and black cat

Half Nelson - Dan Dunne Ryan Gosling holding white and black cat with Frank Anthony Mackie

The part of Dave was played by cat actor Kitty. But the role of the stray was improvised during filming when Ryan Gosling happened to spot the stray cat and picked it up, incorporating it into the scene. Reportedly the cat was later adopted by the film’s wardrobe supervisor and named Chino.

Half Nelson - white and black cat running

Half Nelson - white and black cat standing

Final Mewsings: Drug dealers have no right to look down on cats.


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The Beverly Hillbillies – “The Clampetts Go Fishing”

The Beverly Hillbillies Volume 2 DVD

Original Air Date: February 26, 1964
Starring: Donna Douglas, Irene Ryan
Also Starring: Orangey
Directed by: Richard Whorf

Synopsis: Mr. Drysdale (Raymond Bailey) tries to hook the Clampetts on deep sea fishing which leads them to try their hand at the sport at Marine Land.

Cinema Cat (with bonus Cat Cattle Call): Mr. Drysdale gives the Clampetts a large trophy fish as a means to interest them in deep sea fishing, but they think they are supposed to eat it. Granny (Irene Ryan) puts it in a pot over a fire outside and tries to boil it down to no avail. Jed (Buddy Ebsen) points out that they don’t want to hurt Mr. Drysdale’s feelings by not eating his gift so Elly May (Donna Douglas) suggests maybe her cat Rusty would like it. “He’s had his eye on it since Jethro fetched it out here.” “That’s a heap of fish for one cat,” Granny sighs. “Don’t worry about that, Granny,” Jed says, “Appears like Rusty has rounded him up some friends to help.” We see Rusty sitting on a little bench with numerous cats sitting behind him. Granny sighs and wishes them loads of luck.

The Beverly Hillbillies - The Clampetts Go Fishing - Rusty cat Orangey sitting with numerous cats

Final Mewsings: Cats are generous with their friends.


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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers poster

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Starring:
 Howard Keel, Russ Tamblyn, Nancy Kilgas
Directed by: Stanley Donen

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains some spoilers for this film!

Synopsis: Adam (Howard Keel) is a mountain man who travels into town to claim a wife. But when his brothers see this they all want wives for themselves.

Kitty Cameo: In one scene the brothers sneak into town to kidnap the women they want for their wives. The youngest brother, Gideon (Russ Tamblyn) meows outside the window of Alice (Nancy Kilgas). The mother speculates that someone let their orange tabby cat Pansy outside. Alice’s suitor goes out to check and is about to hit Gideon with a shovel when another brother interferes. Realizing he has to hurry, Gideon starts meowing frantically. Reverend Elcott (Ian Wolfe) comments that Pansy sounds like she has the croup. Alice goes to check and seconds later Pansy appears, walking up to the mother and jumping in her lap. Not seeing this, Alice goes outside only to be kidnapped by Gideon.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers - orange tabby cat Pansy running to woman

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers - orange tabby cat Pansy in woman's lap

Final Mewsings: Cats are not complicit when people impersonate them.

Many thanks to John Cawley of Hollywood Danes for spotting this quick kitty!


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The Mollycoddle (1920)

The Mollycoddle poster

Douglas Fairbanks Pictures
Starring:
 Douglas Fairbanks, Ruth Renick
Directed by: Victor Fleming

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains some spoilers for this film!

Synopsis: Richard Marshall (Douglas Fairbanks) is a man who comes from a long line of rugged westerners but has lived a soft life in Monte Carlo. He gets a chance to rediscover his roots when he travels to America with a group led by a diamond smuggler (Wallace Beery).

The Mollycoddle - cats following Richard Marshall Douglas Fairbanks down street

Cat Cattle Call: On the way to Galveston, Texas by boat, Richard ends up making a swim for shore and gets caught up in a fishing net. He comes ashore in a hold full of fish. Later as he walks down the street smelling of fish, numerous cats follow him.

The Mollycoddle - cats following Richard Marshall Douglas Fairbanks down street

The Mollycoddle - cats following Richard Marshall Douglas Fairbanks down street

The Mollycoddle - cats following Richard Marshall Douglas Fairbanks down street

The Mollycoddle - cats following Richard Marshall Douglas Fairbanks down street

The Mollycoddle - cats following Richard Marshall Douglas Fairbanks down street animated gif

Richard stops at a house to ask directions. When he leaves he scurries past the cats, leaving them behind.

The Mollycoddle - cats following Richard Marshall Douglas Fairbanks to house

The Mollycoddle - cats following Richard Marshall Douglas Fairbanks to house

The Mollycoddle - Richard Marshall Douglas Fairbanks running away from cats in yard

The Mollycoddle - Richard Marshall Douglas Fairbanks running away from cats in yard

A foreign poster for the film even illustrates this specific scene.

The Mollycoddle - foreign poster showing cats following Douglas Fairbanks

Final Mewsings: Cats know when something smells fishy!

Many thanks to Ted Davis for letting us know about the cats in this movie!


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From Hell (2001)

From Hell DVD

Twentieth Century Fox
Starring:
 Johnny Depp, Heather Graham
Directed by: The Hughes Brothers

Synopsis: Based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell. Clairvoyant Detective Inspector Frederick Abberline (Johnny Depp) tries to track down the notorious killer Jack the Ripper.

Purr Blurs: In one scene a white cat with a black tail can be seen running amongst the people on a back London street.

From Hell - white cat with black tail running through Victorian London back street

Later this same cat scurries past a group of prostitutes on another back street.

From Hell - white cat with black tail running through Victorian London back street

From Hell - white cat with black tail running through Victorian London back street

Final Mewsings: Cats actors can play both Cat #1 and Cat #2.

Many thanks to Nick Wale for spotting the cat in this movie!


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