Category Archives: Calico

The Horizontal Lieutenant (1962)

The Horizontal Lieutenant poster

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Starring:
 Jim Hutton, Paula Prentiss
Directed by: Richard Thorpe

Synopsis: Second Lieutenant Merle Wye (Jim Hutton) is stationed on a remote island near the end of World War II where he finds himself distracted by the beautiful Lt. Molly Blue (Paula Prentiss) while he attempts to track down a Japanese soldier who has been stealing supplies.

Kitty Cameo: In one scene Merle gets chewed out by his superior. Merle then turns to Sergeant Jess Yomura (Lloyd Kino) and yells at him for nothing. Sgt. Yomura then turns on a private who is sweeping nearby and yells at him. The private angrily yells at a dog that is sitting nearby, causing him to go away. As the dog grumpily growls it turns a corner and then sees a calico cat on a metal drum. The dog then barks at the cat, who starts to fight back as the scene ends.

The Horizontal Lieutenant - calico cat on top of metal drum

The Horizontal Lieutenant - dog barking at calico cat on top of metal drum

The Horizontal Lieutenant - calico cat on top of metal drum swiping at dog

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t like being at the bottom of the anger totem pole!


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Moon Over Parador (1988)

Moon Over Parador poster

Universal Pictures
Starring:
 Richard Dreyfuss, Raul Julia
Directed by: Paul Mazursky

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

Synopsis: Actor Jack Noah (Richard Dreyfuss) is shooting a film in the country of Parador and finds himself in the strange position of having to substitute for President Alphonse Simms (also played by Dreyfuss) when the man unexpectedly dies.

Purr Blur: In one scene Simms’ assistant Roberto (Raul Julia) is in the back of a limousine when the man keels over. The limo pulls up to the back of a club and they struggle to carry the lifeless man inside. As they enter a back door, a barely visible calico cat runs out.

Moon Over Parador - calico cat running out of back door of club

Moon Over Parador - calico cat running out of back door of club

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t want to hang around dead bodies.

Many thanks to Nick Wale for spotting the cat in this movie!


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Mister Ed – “Ed’s Word of Honor”

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Original Air Date: February 25, 1962
Starring: Alan Young, Larry Keating
Directed by: Arthur Lubin

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

Synopsis: After Mister Ed eats some apples from the neighbor’s yard, Wilbur (Alan Young) doesn’t believe it when Ed insists he didn’t also eat the man’s expensive fish.

Cat Cattle Call: The neighbor, Roger Addison (Larry Keating) gets so mad about the missing fish he refuses to talk to Wilbur until Mister Ed is sent away. Wilbur refuses to get rid of Mister Ed but also believes the horse is lying about eating the fish. But one night Roger is with his wife Kay (Edna Skinner) when they hear cats meowing in their back yard. When they run outside they find three cats poking around the fish pond.

Mister Ed - Mister Ed's Word of Honor - cats gathered around Roger Addison's backyard fish pond

Mister Ed - Mister Ed's Word of Honor - cats gathered around Roger Addison's backyard fish pond

The couple runs forward to scare the cats away, but the cats mostly look confused. They end up having to pick up two of the cats and move them aside.

Mister Ed - Mister Ed's Word of Honor - Roger Addison Larry Keating and his wife Kay Edna Skinner trying to scare cats away from backyard fish pond

Mister Ed - Mister Ed's Word of Honor - Roger Addison Larry Keating and his wife Kay Edna Skinner moving cats away from backyard fish pond

Mister Ed - Mister Ed's Word of Honor - Roger Addison Larry Keating and his wife Kay Edna Skinner moving cats away from backyard fish pond animated gif

A long-haired calico doesn’t seem to get the message and walks back into the shot before it cuts away.

Mister Ed - Mister Ed's Word of Honor - Roger Addison Larry Keating and his wife Kay Edna Skinner with long haired calico cat in background

Final Mewsings: Next thing you know they’ll accuse the cats of eating the apples!

Many thanks to Erin T. Aardvark for letting us know about the cats in this episode!


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