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Purr Blur Thursday bannerWe’ll Never Have Paris (2014)

We'll Never Have Paris DVD

Bifrost Pictures
Starring:
 Simon Helberg, Melanie Lynskey
Directed by: Simon Helberg, Jocelyn Towne

Synopsis: Quinn (Simon Helberg) is ready to propose to his long-time girlfriend Devon (Melanie Lynskey) but through a series of slip-ups ends up breaking up with her and then struggles to win her back.

Purr Blur: During the opening credits Quinn is looking through some photographs of himself and Devon. In one shot they are holding a large Bengal-striped cat.

We'll Never Have Paris - photo of Quinn Simon Helberg and Devon Melanie Lynsky holding Bengal cat with sunglasses

There is also a cup with two drawings of the couple with their real faces and a drawing of a cat between them. Despite this promising start and even the talk of Quinn mistaking cat fur for gray hairs there is no cat which appears in the film.

We'll Never Have Paris - coffee cup with drawings and photos of Quinn Simon Helberg and Devon Melanie Lynsky with cartoon cat

Final Mewsings: Filmmakers: Don’t tease us with the possibility of cats and then not follow through.


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House of Women (1962)

House of Women poster

Warner Bros.
Starring:
 Shirley Knight, Constance Ford, Drew Vigen
Directed by: Walter Doniger

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

Synopsis: The trials and tribulations of women prisoners who are allowed to keep their children in prison with them until the kids reach the age of three.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): One prisoner named Sophie (Constance Ford) has a little boy named Tommy (Drew Vigen). When she is put in solitary confinement for a violation, Tommy is kept in an adjacent dormitory with some other children. In one scene he is taking a nap in bed. An orange tabby cat is lying on the cot.

House of Women - orange tabby cat on boy's bed

The cat moves to the window and jumps out onto the fire escape, quickly scrambling up the steps to the roof.

House of Women - orange tabby cat jumps off bed, runs out window and up fire escape animated gif

Tommy wakes up and finds the cat gone and chases after him onto the fire escape. The cat is now on the roof and Tommy starts to climb up after him.

House of Women - orange tabby cat on roof steps

Sophie has just been released from confinement and enters the dorm to take Tommy when she sees he is gone. She calls for him and the child answers, so she is able to rescue him from the fire escape. But later in the film when the children have all been confined to the dormitory the scenario repeats itself. The cat is climbing the fire escape again. Tommy is following him.

House of Women - orange tabby cat climbing fire escape

Once on the roof the cat runs away and the boy follows.

House of Women - orange tabby cat on roof steps again

House of Women - orange tabby cat running across roof

The cat climbs onto the ledge and the boy follows, trying to pet him. The woman caring for the boy tries to reach him in time but he topples from the roof and dies, much to the horror of the inmates who have witnessed the accident, including Sophie herself.

House of Women - orange tabby cat walking on high ledge

House of Women - little boy Tommy Drew Vigen and orange tabby cat on high roof

House of Women - little boy Tommy Drew Vigen reaching for orange tabby cat on high roof ledge

House of Women - Tommy Drew Vigen falls from roof while trying to pet orange tabby cat on ledge animated gif

It is very possible that this is the cat team of Orangey fulfilling this role.

House of Women - orange tabby cat on bed

Final Mewsings: Cats can’t help it if they lure children to their doom.


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Pop Always Pays (1940)

Pop Always Pays poster

RKO Radio Pictures
Starring:
 Leon Errol, Pamela Blake, Marjorie Gateson
Directed by: Leslie Goodwins

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

Synopsis: Henry Brewster (Leon Errol) bets that his future son-in-law can’t save one thousand dollars, saying he will double the amount once the lad does.

Kitty Cameo: Realizing that his daughter’s soon-to-be fiancé is getting close to saving the money, Henry panics and tries to figure out a way to quickly raise the money he will owe. He decides to hock his wife’s expensive bracelet and sneaks into the family safe late at night to retrieve it. He makes noise as he does so and when the family gathers on the landing above he meows so they will think it’s just the cat. This works once but the second time the family is surprised when their cat meows and then walks around the corner in front of them.

Pop Always Pays - tabby cat walking around corner

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t like taking the blame for things they aren’t doing.


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Alfred Hitchcock Presents – “The Older Sister”

Alfred Hitchcock Presents Season 1 DVD

Original Air Date: January 22, 1956
Starring: Alfred Hitchcock, Carmen Mathews, Joan Lorring
Directed by: Robert Stevens

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

Synopsis: A dramatization of a possible scenario taking place one year after the Lizzie Borden (Carmen Mathews) murders which throws suspicion on her older sister Emma (Joan Lorring).

Kitty Cameo: When Lizzie Borden makes her first appearance in the episode she is holding a large ginger tabby cat.

Alfred Hitchcock Presents - The Older Sister - Lizzie Borden Carmen Mathews on stairs holding orange tabby cat

Alfred Hitchcock Presents - The Older Sister - Lizzie Borden Carmen Mathews talking to Emma Joan Lorring while holding orange tabby cat

Lizzie speaks with reporter Nell Cutts (Polly Rowles) who asks about a kitten which was supposedly also murdered. This is based on actual hearsay that at one point Lizzie cut off the head of her sister Emma’s kitten with an axe, although this supposed incident was far from ever being substantiated.

Alfred Hitchcock Presents - The Older Sister - Lizzie Borden Carmen Mathews holding orange tabby cat while talking to Nell Cutts Polly Rowles

After the reporter leaves, Lizzie carries the cat to the living room before letting it drop to the floor while she retrieves something from the fireplace.

Alfred Hitchcock Presents - The Older Sister - Lizzie Borden Carmen Mathews holding orange tabby cat at door

Alfred Hitchcock Presents - The Older Sister - Lizzie Borden Carmen Mathews holding orange tabby cat in living room

At the end of the episode the cat is seen sitting on the infamous couch where Mr. Borden was murdered. Lizzie crosses around the couch and sits down to pet the cat.

Alfred Hitchcock Presents - The Older Sister - Lizzie Borden Carmen Mathews behind couch where orange tabby cat is lying

Alfred Hitchcock Presents - The Older Sister - Lizzie Borden Carmen Mathews petting orange tabby cat on couch

Alfred Hitchcock Presents - The Older Sister - Lizzie Borden Carmen Mathews sitting on couch with orange tabby cat

It is very likely that members of the cat team known as Orangey played the role in this episode.

Alfred Hitchcock Presents - The Older Sister - Lizzie Borden Carmen Mathews entering room with orange tabby cat on couch

Final Mewsings: Kitten killing is the only thing that could make these crimes worse.

Many thanks to Ted Davis for spotting this Television Tabby for us!


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Bob’s Burgers – “There’s No Business Like Mr. Business Business”

Bob's Burgers Season 7 poster

Original Air Date: February 19, 2017
Starring: H. Jon Benjamin, Megan Mullally, John Oliver
Directed by: Tyree Dillihay

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

Synopsis: When Gayle’s (voiced by Megan Mullaly) cat Mr. Business is scouted to replace a famous cat food spokescat, Bob (voiced by H. Jon Benjamin) finds himself not only shelling out the money for the venture but having to train the cat as well.

Cartoon Cats: Mr. Business is the name of Gayle’s grey and white long-haired cat who happens to look like the spokescat for the Chef’s Cat Cat Food company and is spotted by an animal agent who charges Gayle for headshots.

Bob's Burgers - There's No Business Like Mr. Business Business - grey and white cat headshots

A skeptical Bob goes to see Ian the agent (voiced by John Oliver) but comes away thinking the man might be on to something. Unfortunately when Gayle and Linda take Mr. Business to Ian’s office for a test run the cat attacks the agent.

Bob's Burgers - There's No Business Like Mr. Business Business - grey and white cat attacks Ian

Ian tells them they must train the cat but the only one Mr. Business seems to listen to is Bob, so he’s given the job.

Bob's Burgers - There's No Business Like Mr. Business Business - grey and white cat on restaurant counter

After a lot of work Bob finally gets Mr. Business to knock over a bottle of spice, the action he must perform in the commercial.

Bob's Burgers - There's No Business Like Mr. Business Business - grey and white cat kneading on Bob's stomach

Bob's Burgers - There's No Business Like Mr. Business Business - Bob looking at grey and white cat on his stomach

Bob's Burgers - There's No Business Like Mr. Business Business - grey and white cat with spice bottle

Unfortunately for Mr. Business, Ian has taken on another client, another Chef Cat lookalike named Jessica owned by a woman named Fluffy, so Mr. Business is no longer being represented and Bob must take him to the audition and compete against Ian’s new client.

Bob's Burgers - There's No Business Like Mr. Business Business - grey and white cat Jessican with Fluffy and Ian

Gayle has second thoughts at the audition because Mr. Business licks all the fur off the belly.

Bob's Burgers - There's No Business Like Mr. Business Business - grey and white cats with owners at audition

Bob's Burgers - There's No Business Like Mr. Business Business - Gayle holding up grey and white cat with raw stomach

In the end Mr. Business stays out of show business but knocks everything in Gayle’s home over.

Bob's Burgers - There's No Business Like Mr. Business Business - grey and white cat knocking over toothbrush in Gayle's bathroom

Final Mewsings: Cats can be trained but it can backfire.


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