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Sunday Short bannerPicking Peaches (1924)

Picking Peaches poster

Mack Sennett Comedies
Starring:
 Harry Langdon, Alberta Vaughn
Directed by: Erle C. Kenton

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

Synopsis: Harry (Harry Langdon) is a shoe salesman who has an eye for the ladies, much to the consternation of his wife (Alberta Vaughn).

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): In a racy joke, Harry is waiting on a female customer. Beneath her chair is a black cat who rubs up against her legs.

Picking Peaches - black cat under chair by woman's legs

Picking Peaches - black cat under chair about to rub against woman's legs

The customer asks Harry, “Is that necessary?” Harry is understandably confused. The cat is then seen rubbing even higher up the woman’s leg. The woman angrily hits Harry in the face.

Picking Peaches - black cat under chair rubbing against woman's legs who in turn slaps Harry Langdon animated gif

Final Mewsings: Cats can be fresh!


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Hangover Square (1945)

Hangover Square poster

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Starring:
 Laird Cregar, Linda Darnell
Directed by: John Brahm

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

Synopsis: Composer George Harvey Bone (Laird Cregar) is a promising classical composer who falls for a music hall girl named Netta (Linda Darnell) despite his suffering from increasingly terrifying blackouts.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): After meeting Netta, George sees her home. Netta finds her Siamese cat out on the front stoop and sighs that the landlady keeps putting the animal out. George, who is somewhat drunk, picks up the cat and offers to take the cat to his home so that Netta can visit with her any time she wishes.

Hangover Square - Siamese cat on front step

Hangover Square - George Laird Cregar holding Siamese cat on front step with Netta Linda Darnell

The nameless cat is seen in several scenes after this, such as when George is getting ready to go out with Netta. He scratches the back of the cat’s head with the handle of a small whisk broom and asks if she’s hungry.

Hangover Square - George Laird Cregar looking at Siamese cat on table

Hangover Square - George Laird Cregar petting Siamese cat with whisk broom

The cat also sits on George’s lap while he’s composing. When done he places the Siamese on top of the piano.

Hangover Square - Siamese cat on lap at piano

Hangover Square - George Laird Cregar placing Siamese cat on top of piano

Hangover Square - George Laird Cregar blowing out candle with Siamese cat sitting on top of piano

Later in the film George is having one of his spells when he sees the cat loosening a curtain tie.

Hangover Square - Siamese cat biting curtain tie

George picks up the cat then sets her aside, removing the tie which becomes a pivotal part of the plot.

Hangover Square - George Laird Cregar holding Siamese cat on front of curtains

After another scary blackout in which George is violent, he resolves to finish his own classical piece and stop writing music hall songs for Netta. The Siamese is close by as he composes.

Hangover Square - George Laird Cregar writing music with Siamese cat

But George is once again seduced by Netta and then has his heart broken by her. He returns home where the Siamese cat is sitting amongst some string instruments.

Hangover Square - Siamese cat sitting between violins

In a fit of anger, George tears up some music sheets and throws them aside. They startle the cat, who knocks over the instruments as she runs (this was probably actually achieved by a hidden string pulling the instruments down.)

Hangover Square - Siamese cat sitting amongst musical instruments

The discordant sounds made by the falling instruments triggers another spell and George gets the tie from the curtain again, tying knots in it. He then goes after the cat, who is underneath the piano.

Hangover Square - Siamese cat lying beneath piano

Hangover Square - Siamese cat sitting beneath piano

Fortunately the cat runs away before George can hurt her.

Hangover Square - George Laird Cregar approaching Siamese cat under piano with curtain tie

When George walks out of the apartment he leaves the door open. The cat gets out.

Hangover Square - Siamese cat sneaks out of apartment

Kitty Carnage Warning!  On the street, the Siamese is startled by a passing bike and darts into the path of a cart where she is killed.

Hangover Square - Siamese cat on street corner

When George returns home, the night watchman for the construction site outside his home gives him the bad news and offers to bury the cat in the hole for him. George pays him and returns home. When he snaps out of the spell, he doesn’t remember this and actually calls for the missing cat.

Hangover Square - George Laird Cregar looking at dead Siamese cat held by worker

This was sadly Laird Cregar’s last movie and one of his most memorable.

Hangover Square - George Laird Cregar holding Siamese cat publicity still

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t trust men with thuggy cords.


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Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls poster

Morgan Creek Productions
Starring:
 Jim Carrey, Ian McNeice
Directed by: Steve Oedekerk

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

Synopsis: Pet detective Ace Ventura (Jim Carrey) journeys to Africa to find a rare and sacred white bat.

Kitty Cameos: In the beginning of the film Ace is found in a temple high in the mountains. He is surrounded by animals, including a white cat who is laying beside a dog.

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls - Ace Jim Carrey surrounded by animals in temple

When Ace tells the head monk (Arsenio ‘Sonny’ Trinidad) that he plans to leave, the monk cannot hide his happiness. A long haired tabby cat is sitting in the background.

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls - Maine Coon tabby cat sitting behind Ace Jim Carrey and monk Arsenio Trinidad

The monk offers to help Ace pack and picks up the cat, placing it in a traveling bag.

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls - Maine Coon tabby cat being placed in bag by monk Arsenio Trinidad behind Ace Jim Carrey

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls - Maine Coon tabby cat being placed in bag by monk Arsenio Trinidad behind Ace Jim Carrey

The cat remains sitting in the bag for the rest of the scene.

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls - Maine Coon tabby cat sitting in bag behind monk Arsenio Trinidad

Final Mewsings: When packing, always start with the most important things!


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Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective poster

Morgan Creek Productions
Starring:
 Jim Carrey, Courtney Cox
Directed by: Tom Shadyac

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

Synopsis: Pet detective Ace Ventura (Jim Carrey) searches for a dolphin named Snowflake who is the mascot of the Miami Dolphins.

Kitty Cameos: When Ace walks into his apartment after assuring his landlord there are no animals inside, he calls out and a menagerie of animals come running out to surround him. Among them are at least three cats.

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective - Ace Jim Carrey surrounded by animals in his apartment

Later in the film when Ace and Melissa (Courtney Cox) are in his apartment making out, the animals are sitting around them, watching. Four cats are among these animals and there is a closer shot of two of them.

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective - animals watching Ace and Melissa make love

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective - two cats watching Ace and Melissa make love

The gray and white cat could easily be Pearl who also appeared in Assassins and The Truman Show.

Final Mewsings: No menagerie is complete without some cats!


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The Golden Compass (2007)

The Golden Compass poster

New Line Cinema
Starring:
 Dakota Blue Richards, Nicole Kidman
Directed by: Chris Weitz

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

Synopsis: Based on the book series by Philip Pullman. In an alternative universe, a young girl named Lyra Belacqua (Dakota Blue Richards) finds herself on a quest to find her father and deliver the “golden compass” to him.

Purr Blurs: In this universe, everyone has a spirit animal or “daemon” which accompanies them everywhere. As such several cats are seen in different crowd scenes throughout the film.

The Golden Compass - cat in background of eating hall scene

The Golden Compass - Siamese cat in restaurant scene

The Golden Compass - cat in background of street scene

The Golden Compass - cats in background of cafeteria scene

Lyra herself has an daemon named Pan who is constantly changing shape, and one of these is of a cat but it is actually a wildcat and technically does not count on this particular blog. But we do want to give Pan a nod.

The Golden Compass - Lyra with wildcat daemon Pan

Final Mewsings: So do crazy cat ladies have like 20 cat daemons?


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