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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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Cat Show 1930’s (1931)

British Pathé

Synopsis: Newsreel footage shows several owners with their prize-winning cats.

Reality Cats: The first cat featured is a champion Blue Persian owned by a woman who explains that her cat loves to play and run about and will give a gentle little bite to attract your attention.

Cat Show 1930's - woman holding Blue Persian cat

A Siamese cat is then presented by another woman. The cat keeps biting at the woman’s hands, which the woman acknowledges by saying, “She’s exceedingly annoyed at the present moment.”

Cat Show 1930's - woman holding Siamese cat

A man then presents a nine-year-old champion white Angora cat.

Cat Show 1930's - man holding white Angora cat

A woman then holds a tabby cat and explains the prizes the cat has won.

Cat Show 1930's - woman holding tabby cat

Next a white shorthair is seen.

Cat Show 1930's - white shorthair cat

Finally the first woman appears again with a long-haired Blue Persian with curly hair who really doesn’t like to be held!

Cat Show 1930's - woman holding curly long haired cat

Final Mewsings: All cats are winners!


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Hide and Seek (2005)

Hide and Seek poster

Twentieth Century Fox
Starring:
 Robert DeNiro, Dakota Fanning
Directed by: John Polson

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

Synopsis: David Callaway (Robert DeNiro) is concerned when his daughter Emily (Dakota Fanning) creates an imaginary friend in the wake of her mother’s suicide, then really becomes worried when this “friend” starts tormenting him.

Kitty Cameo: The Callaway’s own a long-haired gray cat which is never called by name (although we understand the cat’s name was Sebastian). We first see the cat in a carrier cage as David and Emily prepare to move out of the city.

Hide and Seek - gray Maine Coon cat Sebastian in cage behind car

On the way to their new home in the country, the cat is seen yawning in the cage in the car.

Hide and Seek - gray Maine Coon cat Sebastian in cage in car

Hide and Seek - gray Maine Coon cat Sebastian yawning in cage in car

After this the cat appears once for an all-too-familiar spring-loaded cat moment, jumping out when David opens a closet door.

Hide and Seek - blurry gray Maine Coon cat Sebastian jumping out of closet

Hide and Seek - gray Maine Coon cat Sebastian running past David

The cat is seen a couple of times after this, mostly just to remind us he is there.

Hide and Seek - gray Maine Coon cat Sebastian lying next to fireplace

Hide and Seek - gray Maine Coon cat Sebastian sitting in doorway

Kitty Carnage Warning!  Unfortunately this is just one of those cases when the cat is only present in order to be murdered in a shocking scene. In this case, David finds him drowned in a bathtub full of murky water.

Three Maine Coon mixes were provided by Animal Actors, Inc. to play the part of Sebastian. Of course a fake cat was used for the bathtub scene.

Hide and Seek - gray Maine Coon cat Sebastian lying next to fireplace

Final Mewsings: People have got to stop having cats in movies just to kill them!


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You Never Can Tell (1951)

You Never Can Tell poster

Universal International Pictures (UI)
Starring:
 Dick Powell, Peggy Dow
Directed by: Lou Breslow

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

Synopsis: When a German Shepherd (played by canine actor Flame, fifth generation grandson of movie star canine Strongheart) named King is murdered, he asks to return to earth in human form (Dick Powell) to bring his killer to justice.

Featured Feline: King is owned by a rich man who passes away. He is cared for by the man’s former secretary, Ellen Hathaway (Peggy Dow). Also living in the mansion is a tabby cat named Boots. Early in the film Boots walks into the library where Ellen is talking to a man named Perry Collins (Charles Drake). It would appear a treat was placed on the floor to bring the cat to a certain spot.

You Never Can Tell - tabby cat Boots entering room

As soon as King sees Boots, Boots hisses and then runs out of the room with King chasing. Ellen scolds King when he returns, pointing out that he’s never caught Boots anyway.

You Never Can Tell - tabby cat Boots hissing

You Never Can Tell - tabby cat Boots standing in doorway

You Never Can Tell - tabby cat Boots entering room hissing at German Shepherd King and then running from room animated gif

Later when King returns as a man named Rex Shepherd, he is trying to sneak into the house through his former dog door. But then Boots appears and again hisses.

You Never Can Tell - tabby cat Boots looking up

You Never Can Tell - tabby cat Boots angry

You Never Can Tell - tabby cat Boots hissing

You Never Can Tell - tabby cat Boots with arched back

Eventually Rex throws a wet sponge at Boots who scurries away.

You Never Can Tell - tabby cat Boots being hit with wet sponge

You Never Can Tell - tabby cat Boots entering room hissing at Rex Shepherd Dick Powell who throws sponge and scares Boots away animated gif

A short time later Ellen and Rex are walking in the backyard. Boots again appears and once again hisses at Rex.

You Never Can Tell - tabby cat Boots hissing in reverse

It’s interesting to note that this is actually the same clip as used in the first segment, only reversed and closer. This would explain why there is carpeting in the back yard!

You Never Can Tell - tabby cat Boots hissing and in reverse animated gif

Boots scrambles up a tree which surprises Ellen who explains that Boots usually likes people.

You Never Can Tell - tabby cat Boots running up tree

Kitty Cameos:  In the segment which King goes to animal heaven and pleads his case, many animals are seen sitting together, including four cats. The footage has been inverted to a negative form for an interesting, other-worldly effect.

You Never Can Tell - cats with dogs in negative

You Never Can Tell - cats with dogs in negative

If you’re wondering how they managed to get so many different animals together in such a long pan, note that at the certain points of the scene there is a clear transition between the segments, hence the rabbit in one shot bleeds into the cat in the next.

You Never Can Tell - transition between negative animals in heaven shots

Final Mewsings: There’s no getting around it if a cat doesn’t like you!

Many thanks to Ted Davis and Kitty L. for letting us know about the cats in this film!


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When Knighthood was in Flower (1922)

When Knighthood was in Flower poster

Cosmopolitan Productions
Starring:
 Marion Davies, Forrest Stanley
Directed by: Robert G. Vignola

Synopsis: Classes clash when Mary Tudor (Marion Davies) falls for a man who is below her status.

Purr Blurs: In one scene a cat can be seen running across a street.

When Knighthood was in Flower - cat running across road

When Knighthood was in Flower - cat running across road

Later in the film a tabby cat is standing on a table where several men are gathered.

When Knighthood was in Flower - tabby cat standing on table surrounded by men

When Knighthood was in Flower - tabby cat standing on table surrounded by men

Final Mewsings: Cats works up appetites running across roads!


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