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Television Tuesday bannerThe Good Wife – “Pilot”

The Good Wife Season One poster

Original Air Date: September 22, 2009
Starring: Julianna Margulies, Karin Konoval
Directed by: Charles McDougall

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

Synopsis: In the pilot episode of this acclaimed series, lawyer Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) returns to work after a scandal involving her husband.

Cat Cattle Call: Alicia’s first case is pro bono work defending a woman whose murder trial previously ended with a hung jury. She soon learns the one holdout was a crazy cat lady named Mrs. Duretsky (Karin Konoval). Alicia calls on the woman to hear her reasons for insisting the defendent is innocent and is surrounded by the woman’s cats as they discuss the trial.

The Good Wife - Pilot - long haired ginger and tabby cats on table

The Good Wife - Pilot - Alicia Julianna Margulies looking at long haired ginger and tabby cats on table

The Good Wife - Pilot - Mrs. Duretsky Karin Konoval sitting in chair with tabby and white cat

The Good Wife - Pilot - Alicia Julianna Margulies and Mrs. Duretsky Karin Konoval in room with two cats

The Good Wife - Pilot - Alicia Julianna Margulies in room with three cats

The Good Wife - Pilot - Mrs. Duretsky Karin Konoval in bedroom with four cats

The Good Wife - Pilot - Mrs. Duretsky Karin Konoval picking up Siamese cat

Final Mewsings: Crazy cat ladies are not always so crazy!

Many thanks to Stevie Holcomb for letting us know about the cats in this episode!


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Night and the City (1950)

Night and the City poster

Twentieth Century-Fox Productions
Starring:
 Richard Widmark, Googie Withers
Directed by: Jules Dassin

Synopsis: Con man Harry Fabian (Richard Widmark) is always looking for the next great opportunity and gets in way over his head when he tries to take over the wrestling circuit in London.

Purr Blur: In one scene the wife of Harry’s boss, Helen Nosseross (Googie Withers), is walking down an alley. In the background a cat can be seen lapping water from the ground.

Night and the City - cat drinking water from ground as Helen Googie Withers walks through alley

Night and the City - cat drinking water from ground as Helen Googie Withers walks through alley

Final Mewsings: Sometimes cats can’t be picky about where they drink.

Many thanks to Ted Davis for spotting this very quick kitty for us!


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Head in the Clouds (2004)

Head in the Clouds poster

Remstar Productions
Starring:
 Charlize Theron, Stuart Townsend
Directed by: John Duigan

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

Synopsis: The lives of an heiress (Charlize Theron), an Irish teacher (Stuart Townsend) and a student nurse / stripper (Penélope Cruz) are entangled in Europe during the Spanish Civil War and during World War II.

Kitty Cameo: The heiress, whose name is Gilda (Charlize Theron) lives in an apartment in Paris across the street from a café. The owners of the café, a man and wife, own a tabby cat with white markings who sits on their second floor windowsill with a clear view into Gilda’s apartment.

Head in the Clouds - tabby cat with white markings on windowsill across the street from window

Head in the Clouds - blurry tabby cat with white markings on windowsill across the street from window with Penélope Cruz

Head in the Clouds - tabby cat with white markings on windowsill across the street

Head in the Clouds - tabby cat with white markings on windowsill across the street

This is especially notable the last time the cat is seen, as a man lifts the cat from the window before using this vantage point to gain access to a German officer.

Head in the Clouds - tabby cat with white markings on windowsill

Head in the Clouds - tabby cat with white markings on windowsill looking around at man standing in front

The cat is also seen briefly in the café itself on a table with the owner’s wife in the background.

Head in the Clouds - tabby cat with white markings on table in background of café

Head in the Clouds - tabby cat with white markings on table in background of café

Final Mewsings: A view and free meals. What more does a cat want?


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Radio Flyer (1992)

Radio Flyer poster

Columbia Pictures
Starring:
 Elijah Wood, Ben Johnson
Directed by: Richard Donner

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

Synopsis: A man named Mike (Tom Hanks) tells the story of his life as a boy (Elijah Wood) growing up with his little brother Bobby (Joseph Mazzello) in a home where Bobby was abused by the boys’ stepfather.

Kitty Cameo: As the story begins, the boys are travelling with their mother (Lorraine Bracco) across country. They stop at a dilapidated roadside attraction in Oklahoma called Geronimo Bill’s Wild West Adventure. When Geronimo Bill (Ben Johnson) steps out of a mobile home he is holding a tortoiseshell cat.

Radio Flyer - Geronimo Bill Ben Johnson looking out of mobile home while holding tortoiseshell cat

The elderly man pauses to set the cat down on a nearby bench and grabs his hat, warning the cat, whose name is Eugene, to keep an eye on the German Shepherd the family has with them.

Radio Flyer - Geronimo Bill Ben Johnson stepping out of mobile home while holding tortoiseshell cat

Radio Flyer - Geronimo Bill Ben Johnson preparing to set down tortoiseshell cat

Final Mewsings: Cats are loyal, especially when living in the middle of nowhere.

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


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Let Him Have It (1991)

Let Him Have It poster

British Screen Productions
Starring:
 Christopher Eccleston, Tom Courtenay
Directed by: Peter Medak

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

Synopsis: The true story of Derek Bentley (Christopher Eccleston), a slow-witted young man who fell in with a bad crowd and ended up on trial for murder.

Cat Cattle Call: The Bentley family lives in a small two-story home which is also the residence of numerous animals, including dogs, chickens, a turtle and at least three cats. Two of the cats are first seen in Derek’s smoke-filled bedroom along his sister Iris (Clare Holman) and some of the other animals.

Let Him Have It - two cats in smoke-filled room with Derek Christopher Eccleston Iris Clare Holman dogs chickens and turtle

Later a tabby cat is sitting on the back of a couch when Derek’s father (Tom Courtenay) enters.

Let Him Have It - tabby cat on back of couch with dog and Mr. Bentley Tom Courtenay

Derek surprises his father with a present that turns out to be stolen. All three cats are there during this scene in which Derek’s mother (Eileen Atkins) is also present.

Let Him Have It - tuxedo cat on Mrs. Bentley's Eileen Atkins lap with tabby cat nearby

Let Him Have It - tuxedo cat on Mrs. Bentley's Eileen Atkins lap with tabby cat and tuxedo cat nearby and Mr. Bentley Tom Courtenay

Let Him Have It - tuxedo cat on back of couch and tabby cat on arm of couch with Mrs. Bentley's Eileen Atkins

Finally two of the cats are seen in the final moments with the Bentley family in their living room.

Let Him Have It - tuxedo and tabby cat on couch in overhead shot of Bentley's hugging in living room

Let Him Have It - tabby cat on back of couch in shot of Bentley's hugging in living room

Final Mewsings: Sometimes it’s better to just stay home with your cats.

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


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