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A Far Off Place (1993)

A Far Off Place poster

Walt Disney Pictures
Starring:
 Reese Witherspoon, Ethan Embry
Directed by: Mikael Salomon

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

Synopsis: Nonnie Parker (Reese Witherspoon) has to travel across the Kalahari with city kid Harry Winslow (Ethan Embry) and a bushman named Xhabbo (Sarel Bok) as their guide after their families are killed by a gang of poachers.

Kitty Cameo: At the beginning of the film a housekeeper named Koba (Bertha Msora) is walking with a tray toward a pair of outside tables. A long-haired tuxedo cat is sitting on one of the tables.

A Far Off Place - long-hair tuxedo cat sitting on table as Kabo Bertha Msora approaches

A Far Off Place - long-hair tuxedo cat sitting on table as Kabo Bertha Msora approaches

Suddenly an explosion nearby disrupts the serenity. The cat takes off running as Koba screams.

A Far Off Place - long-hair tuxedo cat darts from table as explosion makes Kabo Bertha Msora scream

Later the cat is seen sitting next to a dish of cat food on the ground. The cat runs away as the family dog appears and starts eating from the dish, which Nonnie moves to the table. This is all a set up so that Harry eats the cat food thinking it is paté.

A Far Off Place - long-hair tuxedo cat sitting on ground by plate of food

A Far Off Place - long-hair tuxedo cat sitting on ground by plate of food

Final Mewsings: Cats shouldn’t have to give up their dinner to dogs or snobby kids.

Many thanks to Nick Wale for letting us know about the cat in this film.


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Evil Under the Sun (1982)

Evil Under the Sun poster

EMI Films
Starring:
 Peter Ustinov, Maggie Smith
Directed by: Guy Hamilton

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

Synopsis: When a woman is found murdered on an island resort it’s up to Hercule Poirot (Peter Ustinov) to find out who the killer is among the all-star cast.

Purr Blurs: In one scene the resort owner Daphne Castle (Maggie Smith) walks outside. As she turns a corner, three cats scurry to get out of her way.

Evil Under the Sun - cat running away from Daphne Castle Maggie Smith outside hotel

Evil Under the Sun - cats running away from Daphne Castle Maggie Smith outside hotel

Evil Under the Sun - cats running away from Daphne Castle Maggie Smith outside hotel

Final Mewsings: Cats love hanging around resorts.

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


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Chasing Yesterday (1935)

Chasing Yesterday poster

RKO Radio Pictures
Starring:
 O.P. Heggie, Helen Westley, John Qualen
Also Starring:  Whitey
Directed by: George Nichols Jr.

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

Synopsis: Archeology Professor Sylvestre Bonnard (O.P. Heggie) yearns for a lost love while befriending the woman’s daughter Jeanne (Anne Shirley).

Featured Feline: In the opening scene, the Professor’s housekeeper, Therese (Helen Westley) tries to scare away a meek but persistent bookseller named Coccoz (John Qualen). Returning to her kitchen, Therese hears a meowing coming from outside. She opens the back door and calls out, “Hannibal! Don’t you know it’s raining?” Coccoz appears, holding the white cat and says, “Yes, it’s raining cats and dogs!”

Chasing Yesterday - Therese Helen Westley opens door to find bookseller Coccoz John Qualen holding white cat Whitey

Chasing Yesterday - Therese Helen Westley opens door to find bookseller Coccoz John Qualen holding white cat Whitey

Chasing Yesterday - Therese Helen Westley opens door to find bookseller Coccoz John Qualen holding white cat Whitey

Therese takes Hannibal from Coccoz and carries the cat across the room to dry him with a towel.

Chasing Yesterday - Therese Helen Westley grabbing towel to dry white cat Whitey

Chasing Yesterday - Therese Helen Westley grabbing towel to dry white cat Whitey

Coccoz asks again to see the master of the house but Therese is firm, ordering him to leave.

Chasing Yesterday - Therese Helen Westley holding white cat Whitey

Chasing Yesterday - Therese Helen Westley holding white cat Whitey

Pointing out that it is still raining, Therese says Coccoz can dry himself at the fire.

Chasing Yesterday - Therese Helen Westley turning away from door with white cat Whitey

Chasing Yesterday - Therese Helen Westley holding white cat Whitey

Therese carries Hannibal into the library where the Professor is reading. They discuss the book he is reading and the Professor reaches up and gives Hannibal’s paw a friendly tug. Therese then sets Hannibal down on a chair as they continue their playful arguing.

Chasing Yesterday - Therese Helen Westley holding white cat Whitey behind Professor Bonnard O.P. Heggie

Chasing Yesterday - Professor Bonnard O.P. Heggie looking over shoulder at white cat Whitey

Chasing Yesterday - Professor Bonnard O.P. Heggie looking over shoulder and squeezing paw of white cat Whitey

Chasing Yesterday - Therese Helen Westley holding white cat Whitey

Chasing Yesterday - Therese Helen Westley standing by chair with white cat Whitey

Coccoz finally makes his way into the library and befriends the Professor. When it is discovered that Coccoz is expecting a child but has sold no books and has no money, the Professor agrees to buy what he has. As they drink to the baby’s future Hannibal can be seen sitting on the chair behind them.

Chasing Yesterday - white cat Whitey in chair behind Professor Bonnard O.P. Heggie and bookseller Coccoz John Qualen

Therese enters and crosses to the chair, saying, “Come, Hannibal. Dinner’s ready.” She picks up the cat and then scoffs to the Professor, “Some people eat their meals on time.”

Chasing Yesterday - Therese Helen Westley taking white cat Whitey from chair

Chasing Yesterday - Therese Helen Westley holding white cat Whitey

When the Professor asks Therese to show Coccoz where to put the books he’s bought, Therese insists she has resigned and leaves. Hannibal is not seen again, although he is referred to later in the film.

Chasing Yesterday - Therese Helen Westley holding white cat Whitey with Professor Bonnard O.P. Heggie and bookseller Coccoz John Quale

This is yet another star turn by cat actor Whitey. Whitey was bought for 25 cents at a Hollywood pet shop by Henry East and by 1935 was earning 125 dollars a week and enjoyed steady employment under contract with RKO Pictures.

Chasing Yesterday - Therese Helen Westley holding white cat Whitey

Final Mewsings: Cats often go hand in hand with booksellers.


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Dark Shadows – “Episode 379”

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Original Air Date: December 7, 1967
Starring: Louis Edmonds, Lara Parker
Directed by: Lela Swift

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

Synopsis: Confusion reigns when Joshua (Louis Edmonds) disappears at the same time a tuxedo cat appears in this storyline that is set in the past.

Featured Feline: At the end of the previous episode, we see that the witch Angelique (Lara Parker) turns Joshua into a cat. The transformation takes place off screen but is represented by a blood curdling cat screech which startles Jeremiah (Anthony George) who was talking to Joshua at the time of the change. Yet somehow Jeremiah doesn’t put two and two together.

Dark Shadows - Jeremiah Anthony George looking at tuxedo cat on table

Dark Shadows - tuxedo cat on table

Angelique achieves the transformation by molding some material into the shape of a cat which she shows to the servant Ben (Thayer David).

Dark Shadows - Angelique Lara Parker holding out a sculpture of cat to Ben Thayer David

Dark Shadows - tuxedo cat close

In episode 379, Natalie (Grayson Hall) and Victoria (Alexandra Moltke) discuss Joshua’s disappearance. Natalie suspects the sudden appearance of the cat has something to do with it.

Dark Shadows - tuxedo cat enters room

Dark Shadows - tuxedo cat on cushion

Dark Shadows - Natalie Grayson Hall and Victoria Alexandra Moltke looking at tuxedo cat on ottoman

Barnabas (Jonathan Frid) confirms for Natalie that he doesn’t recall ever seeing the cat before and that there have not been cats around the house since his Aunt Abigail despises them. “The devil’s pets, she calls them,” he explains.

Dark Shadows - Banabas Jonathan Frid Natalie Grayson Hall and Victoria Alexandra Moltke looking at tuxedo cat on ottoman

Dark Shadows - Banabas Jonathan Frid and Natalie Grayson Hall looking at tuxedo cat on ottoman

The cat actor was not particularly good about staying in place and jumps down from his mark in the middle of a couple of scenes, including this one. One time the head of the trainer is even caught in the shot as he puts the animal back in place! The cat in general seemed hugely unenthusiastic and even uncomfortable in his or her role.

Dark Shadows - Banabas Jonathan Frid Natalie Grayson Hall with head of animal trainer in shot

The story arc continues through several episodes with Joshua as the cat sitting in various scenes.

Dark Shadows - close of tuxedo cat

Dark Shadows - tuxedo cat on chair in background

In one instance Ben actually threatens to kill the cat, wishing to take revenge on his former master.

Dark Shadows - Ben Thayer David approaching tuxedo cat on bed with axe

Dark Shadows - tuxedo cat profile

In the end the cat turns back to Joshua with the same screech.

Dark Shadows - tuxedo cat on bed in background

Dark Shadows - tuxedo cat on bed

Final Mewsings: Some cats just really aren’t into acting.

Many thanks to Ted Davis for letting us know about the cat in this story arc.


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Somm 3 (2018)

Somm 3 poster

Forgotten Man Films
Directed by:
 Jason Wise

Synopsis: The third in the Somm series of documentaries takes a look at blind wine tasting and the pleasure of enjoying wine for its own sake with the help of the most noted wine experts in the world.

Kitty Cameo: During some footage taken at the Bride Valley Vineyard owned by Steven Spurrier and his wife Bella, a black cat is seen on a table next to a bottle and glass. The cat then jumps down from the table.

Somm 3 - black cat on table next to Bride Valley bottle and glass

Somm 3 - black cat on table next to Bride Valley bottle and glass

Somm 3 - black cat about to jump off table next to Bride Valley bottle and glass

Final Mewsings: What’s a Somm movie without a cat?


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