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Suspenseful Saturday bannerCloak and Dagger (1946)

Cloak and Dagger DVD

Warner Bros.
Starring:
 Gary Cooper, Lilli Palmer
Directed by: Fritz Lang

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

Synopsis: Prof. Alvah Jesper (Gary Cooper) is recruited by American authorities to help rescue a scientist who has escaped from Nazi, Germany, leading him to Switzerland and then Italy where he meets an Italian partisan named Gina (Lilli Palmer).

Featured Feline: When Prof. Jesper is in Italy he must hide in Gina’s apartment for a time. She opens the door for her allies and then gasps as two bright lights beam at them from the darkness. Only when they hear a cat meow do they relax.

Cloak and Dagger - cat's eyes shining out from darkness

The cat continues to meow outside Gina’s door and is the topic of conversation between her and Jesper. Jesper wishes to let the cat in and give it some milk but Gina points out that it’s hard enough for the people to get by and find food, let alone the cats. At one point Jesper notes that the cat has stopped mewing. “In this country even the cats learn it’s no use to cry,” Gina replies. But moments later the cat starts meowing again. Gina finally gets up and goes to the door, picking up the black cat and bringing it into the apartment.

Cloak and Dagger - Gina Lilli Palmer carrying black cat

She gives the cat to Jesper and says, “Here, I hope she has fleas.”

Cloak and Dagger - Jesper Gary Cooper holding black cat

Cloak and Dagger - Jesper Gary Cooper holding and looking at black cat

Gina puts a plate of leftovers on the floor for the cat to eat then threatens the animal that if she makes a noise she will go right out the window.

Cloak and Dagger - Gina Lilli Palmer and Jesper Gary Cooper looking at black cat eating on floor

The next morning the building’s janitor (Charles La Torre) knocks on the door asking in Italian about the cat.

Cloak and Dagger - Gina Lilli Palmer and Jesper Gary Cooper looking startled with black cat

Gina hands the man the cat but she slips out of his hands and runs back into the apartment. Look closely and you’ll see something tied to a string being pulled across the floor to lure the cat inside.

Cloak and Dagger - Gina Lilli Palmer looking at black cat running into apartment

Cloak and Dagger - Gina Lilli Palmer looks at black cat chasing lure into apartment animated gif

The janitor chases the cat into the apartment and sees Jesper, leading them to have to change location before being reported.

Cloak and Dagger - Gina Lilli Palmer and janitor Charles La Torre with black cat looking at Jesper Gary Cooper

Cloak and Dagger - Gina Lilli Palmer and janitor Charles La Torre with black cat

Cloak and Dagger - Gina Lilli Palmer and janitor Charles La Torre bowing with black cat

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t mean to blow the cover of spies.

Many thanks to Ted Davis for letting us know about this cat!


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Major Payne (1995)

Major Payne DVD

Universal Pictures
Starring:
 Damon Wayans
Directed by: Nick Castle

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains a spoiler for this film!

Synopsis: A ruthless Marine named Major Benson Payne (Damon Wayans) finds himself assigned to an ROTC class full of misfit boys.

Kitty Cameo: Near the beginning of the film Major Payne is lying in a room bemoaning his dismissal from active service in the Marines in a scene that spoofs Apocalypse Now. He longs to kill and spots a rat in the corner. He is next seen cooking the rat and is about to eat it when a black cat appears in the window. Payne hisses at the cat and scares it away.

Major Payne - black cat in window

Major Payne - Damon Wayans scaring away black cat in window animated gif

Final Mewsings: The cat didn’t want the rat that badly anyway!


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Lost Cat Corona (2017)

Lost Cat Corona poster

Choice Films
Starring:
 Ralph Macchio, Gina Gershon
Also Starring:  Baxter
Directed by: Anthony Tarsitano

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

Synopsis: A guy named Dominic (Ralph Macchio) who always plays it safe comes face to face with some crazy neighborhood people as he searches for his wife’s cat Leonard.

Featured Feline: The film opens with a door opening and a black cat being let out with the door shut behind him.

Lost Cat Corona - black cat Leonard outside door

The black cat’s name is Leonard and he can’t be found the next day. Dominic’s wife Connie (Gina Gershon) has to be with her mother for a procedure in the hospital and orders Dominic to find Leonard. Dominic enlists the aid of his friend Ponce (David Zayas) to go around the neighborhood and look for Leonard. As they leave the house, Leonard appears from within the garage, then scurries off.

Lost Cat Corona - black cat Leonard inside garage

Leonard turns up again unseen outside a bar as Dominic tries to avoid getting dragged into a fight with a crazy patron.

Lost Cat Corona - black cat Leonard outside bar

The search for Leonard takes Dominic on a strange tour around town. After looking for much of the movie, Dominic lies down on a park bench to rest. Leonard runs right underneath the bench, again unseen.

Lost Cat Corona - black cat Leonard running under bench and Dominic Ralph Macchio animated gif

Shortly after this Dominic spots two young thugs in an alley holding a black cat which turns out to be Leonard. They appear to be planning to hang the poor kitty.

Lost Cat Corona - black cat Leonard with two tough kids about to hang him

Dominic stops the kids by throwing a roll of toilet paper at them. They don’t take him seriously, even when he pulls a gun on them.

Lost Cat Corona - black cat Leonard with two thug kids

Lost Cat Corona - Dominic pointing gun at two thug kids holding black cat Leonard

Dominic accidentally fires the gun and the one kid drops Leonard, who takes cover.

Lost Cat Corona - black cat Leonard runs for cover after Dominic fires gun

Leonard runs down an alley and Dominic takes chase.

Lost Cat Corona - black cat Leonard running down alley

Lost Cat Corona - black cat Leonard still running down alley

Lost Cat Corona - black cat Leonard walking through gate

After going through over some fences and through some yards, Dominic finally catches Leonard, just in time to witness some criminals he had dealt with earlier delivering some goods.

Lost Cat Corona - black cat Leonard climbing over fence animated gif

Lost Cat Corona - black cat Leonard on plank

Lost Cat Corona - black cat Leonard finally caught by Dominic Ralph Macchio

Dominic manages to sneak away but is then stopped by two police officers, one of whom he also met earlier in the day. He directs them to the crime going down nearby.

Lost Cat Corona - black cat Leonard on shoulder of Dominic Ralph Macchio

Dominic gets Leonard home then calls Connie to give her the good news.

Lost Cat Corona - black cat Leonard on counter

Lost Cat Corona - black cat Leonard with Dominic Ralph Macchio on phone

That night Connie hugs Leonard and scolds him lovingly.

Lost Cat Corona - black cat Leonard being hugged by Connie Gina Gershon

Lost Cat Corona - black cat Leonard held by Connie Gina Gershon

Leonard is seen twice more, once with Dominic and Connie in bed and later looking out the window, maybe wishing her were back out in the world doing more exploring.

Lost Cat Corona - black cat Leonard in bed with Connie Gina Gershon

Lost Cat Corona - black cat Leonard in bed with Connie Gina Gershon

Lost Cat Corona - black cat Leonard in bed with Connie Gina Gershon and Dominic Ralph Macchio

Lost Cat Corona - black cat Leonard looking out window

Leonard was played, at least in part, by cat actor Baxter, who was trained by Dawn Animal Agency. A stuffed stunt cat also acted as a stand-in for some scenes.

Lost Cat Corona - black cat Leonard on fence

Final Mewsings: Cats are not known to play it safe.


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The Belles of St. Trinian’s (1954)

The Belles of St. Trinian's poster

London Film Productions
Starring:
 Alastair Sim, Joyce Grenfell
Directed by: Frank Launder

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

Synopsis: Headmistress Millicent Fritton (Alastair Sim) leads the rough and rowdy schoolgirls of St. Trinian’s who strike fear into the hearts of local townspeople.

Purr Blur: Near the end of the film Police Sgt. Ruby Gates (Joyce Grenfell), who has been working undercover at the school, rides what she thinks is a stolen racehorse out through the school gates. A black cat can be seen running away as she approaches.

The Belles of St. Trinian's - black cat running away from gate

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t like rowdy school girls or speeding horses.

Many thanks to Nick Wale for letting us know about the quick kitty in this film!


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The Wild Wild West – “The Night of the Watery Death”

The Wild Wild West Season Two DVD

Original Air Date: November 11, 1966
Starring: Robert Conrad, Ross Martin
Directed by: Irving J. Moore

Synopsis: James West (Robert Conrad) and Artemus Gordon (Ross Martin) investigate the mysterious circumstances surrounding a ship being sunk by a dragon torpedo in San Francisco.

Purr Blur: At the beginning of the episode James is walking down a dark San Francisco street. He pauses to look at a pin in the shape of a mermaid. Suddenly a black cat jumps off a barrel, knocking over a tin cup, and runs away.

The Wild Wild West - The Night of the Watery Death - black cat jumping down from barrel

The Wild Wild West - The Night of the Watery Death - black cat jumping off barrel and running away from Jim West Robert Conrad animated gif

Final Mewsings: Even cats know not to mess with James West!

Many thanks to our friend Ted Davis for spotting this television cat for us!


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