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Television Tuesday bannerMannix – “Deadfall: Part Two”

Mannix Season One DVD

Original Air Date: January 27, 1968
Starring: Mike Connors, Joseph Campanella
Directed by: Leonard J. Horn

Synopsis: Lew Wickersham (Joseph Campanella) continues to suffer from hallucinations while being held captive. Meantime, Mannix (Mike Connors) investigates the mysterious goings-on.

Kitty Cameo: While Lew is being held near the docks in a storage area, he hears a meowing coming from above. He manages to stack a barrel and stool and reach the cover of a vent. When he pulls it off, an orange tabby cat is looking down the shaft at him.

Mannix - Deadfall: Part Two - orange tabby cat looking down air shaft at Lew Wickersham Joseph Campanella

Mannix - Deadfall: Part Two - orange tabby cat looking down air shaft

Lew devises a means to escape. Eventually the cat gets bored and moves away from the hole. It should be noted that the cat looked like it was being held in position to look down the hole as opposed to doing it of his own volition.

Mannix - Deadfall: Part Two - orange tabby cat looking down air shaft

Final Mewsings: Cats on roofs don’t usually bother looking down holes.

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


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Catch the Kitty (1975)

Sesame Street
Directed by:
 John and Faith Hubley

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

Synopsis: A segment from the classic Sesame Street series finds a little girl trying to coax a kitten out from underneath a chair.

Cartoon Cat: The little gray kitten is thinking about a bowl of milk when the little girl approaches, wanting to cuddle.

Catch the Kitty - gray kitten

Catch the Kitty - gray kitten thinking about bowl of milk

Catch the Kitty - little girl thinking about cuddling gray kitten

The kitten ducks beneath a chair and won’t come out when the girl calls.

Catch the Kitty - little girl looking for gray kitten under chair

Catch the Kitty - little girl looking for gray kitten under chair

The girl tries using a ball of yarn to lure the kitten out but it doesn’t work.

Catch the Kitty - gray kitten under chair looking at ball of yarn

The girl then tries placing a bowl of milk nearby. The kitten comes out to drink and the girl sneaks closer.

Catch the Kitty - little girl moving closer to gray kitten drinking milk

The kitten is then very upset when the girl plucks him from her milk. The kitten pictures the girl as being a witch.

Catch the Kitty - little girl hugging angry gray kitten who pictures girl as witch

The girl realizes the kitten is unhappy and sets the kitten back down to drink.

Catch the Kitty - sad little girl watches gray kitten drink milk

When the kitten is finished, she allows the girl to pick her up and both are happy.

Catch the Kitty - gray kitten rubbing against little girl's legs

Catch the Kitty - little girl hugging gray kitten

Final Mewsings: Sesame Street definitely teaches valuable lessons!


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Disaster Strikes (circa late 1930’s)

American National Red Cross
Narrated by:
 Dwight Weist
Directed by: Lloyd Durant

Synopsis: A film which highlights the various different disasters which occur around the United States and the responders who are always at the ready to help.

Reality Cats: In one scene a family is preparing to evacuate an area. As they load their belongings onto a Red Cross van and flat hauler, a little boy is seen holding a white cat, most likely the family’s pet.

Disaster Strikes - white cat with family being evacuated

Disaster Strikes - white cat with family being evacuated

Disaster Strikes - white cat with family being evacuated

Later the scene of a flooded town in shown where a calico cat is sitting in a window, surrounded by water.

Disaster Strikes - calico cat on windowsill surrounded by flood waters

Disaster Strikes - calico cat on windowsill surrounded by flood waters

Final Mewsings: Put the camera down and save the cat!


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When a Stranger Calls (2006)

When a Stranger Calls poster

Screen Gems
Starring:
 Camilla Belle, Tommy Flanagan
Also Starring:  Warlock
Directed by: Simon West

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

Synopsis: A remake of the 1979 thriller. Jill Johnson (Camilla Belle) finds herself babysitting in a remote house when a scary stranger starts calling her repeatedly.

Featured Feline: Jill is babysitting for the Mandrakis family who own a black cat named Chester. Chester is introduced sitting in front of the large bird-filled atrium which fills the center of the house. Mrs. Mandrakis explains that the cat will probably be sitting in front of the atrium all night watching the birds.

When a Stranger Calls - black cat Chester sitting outside atrium

When a Stranger Calls - black cat Chester sitting outside atrium with Jill Camilla Belle

When a Stranger Calls - black cat Chester sitting outside atrium with Jill Camilla Belle

When a Stranger Calls - black cat Chester standing outside atrium

Chester is next seen in a classic jump-scare moment when he runs by Jill as he rushes into a room. It is implied that Chester has the ability to turn on the motion-activated lights that are set up throughout the house.

When a Stranger Calls - black cat Chester running toward camera

When a Stranger Calls - Jill Camilla Belle scared by black cat Chester jump scare animated gif

The next few times Chester is just seen around the house, watching Jill.

When a Stranger Calls - black cat Chester sitting on kitchen counter in dark

When a Stranger Calls - black cat Chester running off kitchen counter with Jill Camilla Belle

When a Stranger Calls - black cat Chester sitting

Near the end of the film Jill and the Mandrakis children are huddled in the atrium. They see lights going on in various rooms, moving in their direction. Finally the lights come on over the stairs and after an anxious moment Chester appears. Writer Jake Wade Wall explained that the cat was not in the original script but was added for this scene specifically.

When a Stranger Calls - black cat Chester sitting on stairs

The trio escape the atrium, leaving the killer trapped inside. But when Jill is searching for the children she realizes the birds are in the house, meaning the killer has likely escaped through the glass wall. Chester is then seen eating one of the birds, which director Simon West explained was a fake bird stuffed with cat food.

When a Stranger Calls - black cat Chester eating bird

The cat actors in this film were the Warlock team from Hollywood Animals. On the DVD commentary track, actress Camilla Belle commented that the cat was mean and hissed at everyone but the director pointed out he was a good actor. One of the cats has a white spot on the top of his chest while the others do not.

When a Stranger Calls - black cat Chester Warlock

Final Mewsings: Finally, a horror film in which the cat has a happy ending!


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Je ne suis pas un homme facile (2018)

I Am Not an Easy Man DVD

English Title: I Am Not an Easy Man
Autopilot Entertainment
Starring:
 Vincent Elbaz, Marie-Sophie Ferdane
Directed by: Eleonore Pourriat

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

Synopsis: A womanizer named Damien (Vincent Elbaz) hits his head and wakes up in a world where gender roles have been switched.

Featured Feline: Damien owns a gray and white cat named Rocco who greets him when he comes home after first hitting his head.

I Am Not an Easy Man - gray and white cat Rocco outside door

I Am Not an Easy Man - gray and white cat Rocco outside door

Rocco joins Damien on the couch as Damien holds a package of peas on his sore head and brushes his teeth (something he is obsessed with).

I Am Not an Easy Man - gray and white cat Rocco on couch

I Am Not an Easy Man - gray and white cat Rocco on couch with Damien Vincent Elbaz

I Am Not an Easy Man - gray and white cat Rocco on couch with Damien Vincent Elbaz

I Am Not an Easy Man - gray and white cat Rocco on couch with Damien Vincent Elbaz

Rocco also sleeps on Damien’s bed.

I Am Not an Easy Man - gray and white cat Rocco on bed

Rocco is there to join Damien again on the couch after the man tries to purposefully hit his head to reverse the strange world he’s in.

I Am Not an Easy Man - gray and white cat Rocco on couch with Damien Vincent Elbaz

In one scene, Damien makes love with a woman but because the roles are reversed she comes sooner and then falls asleep, leaving him unsatisfied. In revenge he grabs Rocco and throws him at her.

I Am Not an Easy Man - Damien Vincent Elbaz about to throw gray and white cat Rocco

I Am Not an Easy Man - Damien Vincent Elbaz throws gray and white cat Rocco at bed partner

In one cute scene Damien is looking at himself in the mirror. He asks Rocco what he thinks and on cue the cat meows. Damien agrees and removes the butt enhancers he is wearing.

I Am Not an Easy Man - Damien Vincent Elbaz looking at himself in the mirror with gray and white cat Rocco

Rocco is only seen a few times after this, such as when Damien is watching television with his parents and then in two more relaxed moments.

I Am Not an Easy Man - Damien Vincent Elbaz sitting on couch with gray and white cat Rocco and his parents

I Am Not an Easy Man - Damien Vincent Elbaz on bed with gray and white cat Rocco

I Am Not an Easy Man - Damien Vincent Elbaz on bed with gray and white cat Rocco

Final Mewsings: Don’t use your cat to get back at your bed partner!


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