Category Archives: Comedy

The Paleface (1948)

The Paleface poster

Paramount Pictures
Starring:
 Bob Hope, Jane Russell
Directed by: Norman Z. McLeod

This review contains a very mild Kitty Carnage Warning!

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

Synopsis: Calamity Jane (Jane Russell) is coerced by the government to find out who is smuggling arms to the Indians. In turn she tricks a hapless dentist named Painless Peter Potter (Bob Hope) into helping her.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): Late in the movie Painless is sneaking into an undertaker’s office where they suspect the arms are being stored. As he makes his way through the night, a black cat suddenly jumps out of a barrel in front of him in true spring-loaded cat fashion.

The Paleface - Painless Potter Bob Hope startled by black cat coming out of barrel

The Paleface - Painless Potter Bob Hope startled by black cat coming out of barrel

The Paleface - Painless Potter Bob Hope startled by black cat coming out of barrel animated gif

Painless makes a great effort to climb through a transom to get into the undertaker’s place. Once done the front door starts to slowly open. Painless pulls his gun and waits for the intruder. It turns out to the be same black cat coming in through the open door!

The Paleface - Painless Potter Bob Hope startled by black cat coming through door

The Paleface - Painless Potter Bob Hope startled by black cat coming through door

The Paleface - Painless Potter Bob Hope startled by black cat coming through door animated gif

Painless finds himself about to be caught by the bad guys when they suddenly arrive, so he climbs onto a table and puts a sheet over himself to appear as if he is a corpse. But the black cat isn’t done with him yet! The cat appears and jumps up under the sheet!

The Paleface - black cat about to climb dynamite crates

The Paleface - black cat climbing dynamite crates to crawl under sheet animated gif

The cat makes its way up Painless’ body under the sheet then sits with its tail in Painless’ face, waving it back and forth across his nose.

The Paleface - Painless Potter Bob Hope startled by black cat's tail under his nose

Kitty Carnage Warning!  Finally Painless gets fed up and bites the cat’s tail. The cat goes flying from the table with a screech, taking the sheet with him and leaving Painless to defend himself against the bad guys. The saving grace of this scene is the fact that it’s obvious the cat tail and flying cat are both fake.

The Paleface - Painless Potter Bob Hope looking at black cat's rear end in front of his face

The Paleface - Painless Potter Bob Hope biting black cat's tail

Final Mewsings: Friendly cats don’t understand espionage.


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Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (1997)

Romy and Michele's High School Reunion

Touchstone Pictures
Starring:
 Mira Sorvino, Lisa Kudrow
Directed by: David Mirkin

Synopsis: Romy (Mira Sorvino) and Michele (Lisa Kudrow) are two BFFs who face the prospect of going to their high school reunion.

Kitty Cameo: A long-haired ginger tabby cat who is never named lives with the girls. While it isn’t made clear if the cat belongs to one or the other or both, the cat is first seen lying beside Michele on her bed as the girls watch Pretty Woman on television.

Romy and Michele's High School Reunion - long haired orange tabby cat lying on bed beside Michele Lisa Kudrow with Romy Mira Sorvino

Moments later the cat is seen on a bed in the background as the girls look at the clothes they picked to wear for the day.

Romy and Michele's High School Reunion - out of focus long haired orange tabby cat lying on bed behind Michele Lisa Kudrow and Romy Mira Sorvino

The cat is last seen on the couch behind the girls after they break their pre-reunion diet and sit in misery, having been unable to better themselves before the big day. The cat is licking on a ham bone.

Romy and Michele's High School Reunion - long haired orange tabby cat lying on bed licking ham bone behind Michele Lisa Kudrow and Romy Mira Sorvino

Romy and Michele's High School Reunion - long haired orange tabby cat lying on bed licking ham bone behind Michele Lisa Kudrow and Romy Mira Sorvino

Romy and Michele's High School Reunion - long haired orange tabby cat lying on bed licking ham bone behind Michele Lisa Kudrow and Romy Mira Sorvino

Romy and Michele's High School Reunion - long haired orange tabby cat lying on bed licking ham bone behind Michele Lisa Kudrow and Romy Mira Sorvino

Final Mewsings: Cats like it when women break their diets!

Many thanks to Nick Wale for letting us know about the cat in this movie!


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Modern Family – “Bringing Up Baby”

Modern Family Season 4 DVD

Original Air Date: September 26, 2012
Starring: Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet
Directed by: Steven Levitan

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

Synopsis: Gloria (SofĂ­a Vergara) surprises Jay (Ed O’Neill) on his birthday with some shocking news; Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) debate about getting a kitten for Lily (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons).

Kitty Cameos: The season opener finds Mitchell and Cameron still feeling bad that they weren’t able to adopt a little brother for Lily, but she calmly asks if she can have a cat instead. She had picked out the name Larry for the baby and decides that will be the name of the cat instead. They take Lily to an adoption fair and pick out a little gray kitten.

Modern Family - Bringing Up Baby - Mitchell Jesse Tyler Ferguson with Cameron Eric Stonestreet holding gray kitten at adoption fair

Modern Family - Bringing Up Baby - Mitchell Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Lily Aubrey Anderson-Emmons with Cameron Eric Stonestreet holding gray kitten at adoption fair

Modern Family - Bringing Up Baby - Mitchell Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Lily Aubrey Anderson-Emmons with Cameron Eric Stonestreet holding gray kitten at adoption fair

There are other kittens barely seen in the background in a cage.

Modern Family - Bringing Up Baby - Mitchell Jesse Tyler Ferguson with Cameron Eric Stonestreet holding gray kitten at adoption fair

The adoption worker (Emily Happe) explains that they will need to fill out forms to prove they will be good parents to the cat. This brings up bad memories of the failed adoption for Mitchell and he takes Lily to the car. Cameron stays behind to give the woman a piece of his mind, but she is startled moments later by a shocking sight (which we won’t spoil here) that makes them seem like questionable parents at best.

Modern Family - Bringing Up Baby - Cameron Eric Stonestreet holding gray kitten at adoption fair

Modern Family - Bringing Up Baby - adoption worker Emily Happe holding gray kitten and looking shocked

The gray kitten is not adopted but at the end of the show time has passed and it is implied that they have adopted a cat named Larry by the scratches on Mitchell’s face. Larry would not appear in the fur until a later episode.

Modern Family - Bringing Up Baby - adoption worker Emily Happe holding gray kitten

Final Mewsings: The kitten didn’t really look like a Larry anyway.

Many thanks to Stevie Holcomb for letting us know about Larry the cat in this series!


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Madhouse (1990)

Madhouse poster

Orion Pictures
Starring:
 John Larroquette, Kirstie Alley
Directed by: Tom Ropelewski

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

Synopsis: Mark and Jessie Bannister (John Larroquette and Kirstie Alley) are a happy couple until houseguests descend upon them and turn their lives upside down.

Featured Feline: A cartoon cat is shown causing havoc during the opening credits (animated by Sally Cruikshank).

Madhouse - orange animated cat from opening credits

Madhouse - orange animated cat from opening credits

Madhouse - orange animated cat from opening credits

The first couple to arrive at the Bannister household is Cousin Fred (John Diehl) and his wife Bernice (Jessica Lundy) and they bring with them a long-haired gray cat named Scruffy Bannister. Scruffy arrives in a carrier on the luggage carousel and when he is introduced to Mark and Jessie he reaches through the mesh of the cage and scratches at Jessie, leaving her sleeve in tatters.

Madhouse - long-haired gray cat Scruffy reaching through wires of carrier

Things get worse on the drive home when Bernice takes Scruffy out of his carrier in the car and notes he doesn’t look to well. Moments later the cat is throwing up all over everyone. This is achieved with a fake cat puppet spewing crap. Yeah, it’s that kind of movie.

Madhouse - long-haired gray cat Scruffy in lap of Bernice Jessica Lundy in car with Fred John Diehl

Madhouse - fake long-haired gray cat Scruffy about to throw up in car with Mark John Larroquette, Jessie Kirstie Alley, Fred John Diehl and Bernice Jessica Lundy

When they arrive at the house, Bernice sets Scruffy down and Jessie goes to clean up. Scruffy eyes the Bannister’s fish tank.

Madhouse - long-haired gray cat Scruffy carried into house by Bernice Jessica Lundy and Fred John Diehl

On Day Two Scruffy enters the room where Mark is sleeping (having lost the bedroom to the guests). Scruffy jumps over him and plays with the cord of a lamp, bringing it down on Mark’s head. Mark chases Scruffy through the house but the cat eludes him.

Madhouse - long-haired gray cat Scruffy on bed with Mark John Larroquette

Madhouse - long-haired gray cat Scruffy playing with lamp cord

Madhouse - long-haired gray cat Scruffy running out of room and away from Mark John Larroquette

Kitty Carnage Warning Number One!  On Day Four Bernice screams as she spots Scruffy drowned in the fish tank with a fish in his mouth. A funeral is held and the cat is buried in the back yard.

Madhouse - fake long-haired gray cat Scruffy drowned in fish tank

Later that night Jessie hears some noises in the kitchen. When she goes down the window screen has been broken, there are shattered potted plants in the sink and, lo and behold, Scruffy jumps down from a cabinet! The cat is not dead! Bernice comes down and sees the cat and hugs him, apologizing for burying him alive.

Madhouse - close up of long-haired gray cat Scruffy with glowing eyes

Madhouse - dirty long-haired gray cat Scruffy sitting up with play toy and dirt on floor

Madhouse - Bernice Jessica Lundy hugging long-haired gray cat Scruffy

Kitty Carnage Warning Number Two!  On Day Five Jessie’s nephew Jonathan (Bradley Gregg) arrives and accidentally runs over Scruffy. Another funeral and on Day 10 Scruffy comes back again, this time stringing yarn all around Jessie.

Madhouse - long-haired gray cat Scruffy walking away from a mass of yarn

That night the guests (which are growing in number to include Jessie’s sister and the neighboring family whose house was burned down) are having dinner. The neighbor’s son, a juvenile delinquent named C.K. (Aeryk Egan) sees Scruffy on the table and asks if they got a new cat. When told Scruffy came back from the dead, C.K. becomes obsessed with killing the cat and burying it himself.

Madhouse - long-haired gray cat Scruffy on dinner table with C.K. Aeryk Egan and Jonathan Bradley Gregg

Kitty Carnage Warning Number Three!  On Day 27, C.K. places a firecracker under Scruffy’s food bowl while Scruffy is eating. The cat is blown up (not seen directly on screen) and buried for a third time. Moments later the cat is running away from the grave and C.K. takes chase with a baseball bat.

Madhouse - close up of long-haired gray cat Scruffy eating from bowl

Madhouse - dirty long-haired gray cat Scruffy running behind C.K. Aeryk Egan

Kitty Carnage Warning Number Four!  On Day 49 C.K. tries to stuff Scruffy into a microwave oven. Fortunately the cat manages to get away.

Madhouse - long-haired gray cat Scruffy being stuck in microwave by C.K. Aeryk Egan

Kitty Carnage Warning Number Five!  Later that night, Mark is trying to hide a package containing cocaine which Jonathan has been receiving through his office. The police arrive at the house on another matter and while Mark is talking to the police Scruffy finds the box and tears a little hole from the bottom, sniffing and licking up the spilled cocaine.

Madhouse - long-haired gray cat Scruffy approaching box wrapped in brown paper

Madhouse - long-haired gray cat Scruffy sniffing white powder from box wrapped in brown paper

Moments later the police are shocked to see Scruffy racing around madly in circles before keeling over dead yet again. This is all achieved by the use of a fake cat. They tag and bag Scruffy and take him to police headquarters.

Madhouse - fake long-haired gray cat Scruffy running madly around in circles

On the final day when Fred and Bernice are finally leaving, Scruffy suddenly appears still wearing the police tag. Bernice greets Scruffy with open arms but the cat passes her and jumps into the arms of Jessie.

Madhouse - ragged long-haired gray cat Scruffy approaching with tag on him

Madhouse - long-haired gray cat Scruffy in arms of Jessie Kirstie Alley with Mark John Larroquette

When Bernice tries to take Scruffy, he scratches at her and tatters her sleeve. He has made his choice to stay with Mark and Jessie. Mark figures the cat has five lives left and is welcome to spend it with them.

Madhouse - long-haired gray cat Scruffy in arms of Jessie Kirstie Alley with Mark John Larroquette

Scruffy the cat is such a notable character in the film that he is seen on the movie’s posters. Cathy McCallum was the cat trainer with Jackie Martin (Kaptan) as lead trainer for Animal Rentals. Yes, it’s another example of violence against cats being the basis of comedy (a not uncommon practice around this time) but at least the humor is meant to be broad and in the end Scruffy does survive!

Madhouse - close up of long-haired gray cat Scruffy

Final Mewsings: Cats are resilient!

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


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Beethoven’s Big Break (2008)

Beethoven's Big Break poster

Universal Pictures
Starring:
 Jonathan Silverman, Stephen Tobolowsky
Directed by: Mike Elliott

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

Synopsis: Eddie (Jonathan Silverman) is a single father who has his hands full when he finds himself with a giant St. Bernard who seems destined to become a star.

Kitty Cameos: As an animal trainer, Eddie owns several different animals which are kept in cages, including a cat that is seen several times.

Beethoven's Big Break - multi-colored long-haired cat in cage

Beethoven's Big Break - multi-colored long-haired cat in cage

Beethoven's Big Break - multi-colored long-haired cat in cage

During a movie audition, a rival animal wrangler named Sal (Stephen Tobolowsky) is trying to talk the director into using a cat instead of a dog as the lead. He holds a very large tabby cat, the size of which is commented upon by Patricia (Rhea Perlman)

Beethoven's Big Break - heavy set tabby cat in man's arms

Beethoven's Big Break - Sal Stephen Tobolowsky holding heavy set tabby cat in arms

Beethoven's Big Break - heavy set tabby cat in man's arms

Suddenly Beethoven disrupts the audition when he chases an iguana through a backdrop. Sal is startled and falls over, throwing the cat to one side.

Beethoven's Big Break - heavy set tabby cat flying from Sal's arms

The cat is shown landing on its feet some distance away. According to the American Humane Association, the cat was tossed gently onto stunt pads for the flying segment, but still seems to land rather hard on a wood floor in the last shot.

Beethoven's Big Break - heavy set tabby cat landing on hardwood floor

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t like to audition.


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