Category Archives: Cat Burglar Scene Stealer

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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Premature Burial (1962)

Premature Burial poster

Roger Corman Productions
Starring:
 Ray Milland, Hazel Court
Directed by: Roger Corman

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

Synopsis: Based on the story by Edgar Allan Poe. Guy Carrell (Ray Milland) is so obsessed with the fear of being buried alive it impacts his whole life.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): In one scene Guy is home with his wife Emily (Hazel Court), sister Kate (Heather Angel), Miles Archer (Richard Ney) and Emily’s father Dr. Gault (Alan Napier). Suddenly Miles hears a cat crying out. He becomes concerned and the others start to look for her. They soon realize she is trapped behind the wall. Miles manages to push back a panel and retrieve the fluffy long-haired tabby kitten.

Premature Burial - long-haired tabby kitten being pulled from wall

Premature Burial - Emily Hazel Court holding long-haired tabby kitten on shoulder with Miles Richard Ney

Premature Burial - Emily Hazel Court holding long-haired tabby kitten on shoulder with Miles Richard Ney

Premature Burial - Emily Hazel Court holding up long-haired tabby kitten with Miles Richard Ney

All of this has an adverse reaction on Guy who points out the possibility of what would have happened if they hadn’t heard the kitten. This coincides with his fear of being buried alive.

Premature Burial - Emily Hazel Court holding up long-haired tabby kitten with Guy Ray Milland, Miles Richard Ney, Kate Heather Angel and Dr. Gault Alan Napier

Premature Burial - Emily Hazel Court holding up long-haired tabby kitten with Guy Ray Milland, Miles Richard Ney, Kate Heather Angel and Dr. Gault Alan Napier

Premature Burial - Emily Hazel Court holding up long-haired tabby kitten with Guy Ray Milland, Miles Richard Ney, Kate Heather Angel and Dr. Gault Alan Napier

Premature Burial - Emily Hazel Court holding up long-haired tabby kitten with Guy Ray Milland, Miles Richard Ney and Kate Heather Angel

Premature Burial - Emily Hazel Court holding up long-haired tabby kitten with Guy Ray Milland, Miles Richard Ney and Kate Heather Angel

Emily continues to hold the kitten throughout the scene in which Miles tries to convince Guy to visit the crypt where Guy believes his father had been buried alive. As they all head down to the crypt, Emily sets the cat aside on a chair.

Premature Burial - Emily Hazel Court carrying long-haired tabby kitten with Kate Heather Angel

Premature Burial - Emily Hazel Court carrying long-haired tabby kitten with Kate Heather Angel

Final Mewsings: The walls have ears … and paws and whiskers

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


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My Friend Flicka (1943)

My Friend Flicka poster

Twentieth Century Fox
Starring:
 Roddy McDowell, Patti Hale, Preston Foster
Directed by: Harold Schuster

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

Synopsis: A boy named Ken (Roddy McDowell) longs for a colt of his own, but his horse rancher father (Preston Foster) isn’t sure the boy is up to the task.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): There is a cat which is seen living in and around the house on the horse ranch. The gray and white tuxedo cat first appears on a windowsill behind the father during a breakfast scene.

My Friend Flicka - gray and white tuxedo cat on windowsill behind father Preston Foster

My Friend Flicka - gray and white tuxedo cat on windowsill behind father Preston Foster

My Friend Flicka - gray and white tuxedo cat on windowsill behind father Preston Foster

The cat remains until the father leaves and Ken and his mother start to talk. Then the cat jumps down from the window.

My Friend Flicka - gray and white tuxedo cat on windowsill behind Ken Roddy McDowell and his mom Rita Johnson

The cat is next spotted preening in Ken’s parent’s room as they talk.

My Friend Flicka - gray and white tuxedo cat on floor between Preston Foster and Rita Johnson

My Friend Flicka - gray and white tuxedo cat preening on floor between Preston Foster and Rita Johnson

The most notable appearance by the cat is when a little girl named Hildy (Diana Hale) is left behind because, as Ken explains, she is a girl. She climbs onto a fence and the cat approaches her as she complains, “I don’t see why I can’t be a boy!”

My Friend Flicka - gray and white tuxedo cat approaching Hildy Diana Hale on fence

My Friend Flicka - gray and white tuxedo cat being held by Hildy Diana Hale on fence

As she picks up the cat she comments, “Even you’re a boy … I guess!”

My Friend Flicka - gray and white tuxedo cat being held by Hildy Diana Hale on fence

My Friend Flicka - gray and white tuxedo cat being picked up and held by Hildy Diana Hale on fence animated gif

The next time the cat is seen he is sleeping in a chair when Ken’s father comes along and dumps him out! That’s bad enough, but the man then shoves the cat aside with his leg!

My Friend Flicka - gray and white tuxedo cat sleeping in chair in front of father Preston Foster

The cat is only visible in a couple of Purr Blur moments for the rest of the film.

My Friend Flicka - gray and white tuxedo cat on bench near Preston Foster and Rita Johnson

My Friend Flicka - gray and white tuxedo cat on chair behind Rita Johnson and Roddy McDowell

Final Mewsings: Why would a boy with a cat want a horse?

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


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Sesame Street – “My Kitten”

Original Air Date: November 13, 1969

Synopsis: A little boy plays with his new kitten Dusty.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): The little boy explains how he played with his new Siamese kitten Dusty the first day he got him.

Sesame Street - My Kitten - opening drawing of cat class=

Sesame Street - My Kitten - close up of Siamese kitten Dusty

Sesame Street - My Kitten - little boy playing with Siamese kitten Dusty

Sesame Street - My Kitten - close up of Siamese kitten Dusty

Later the boy leaves the room and Dusty explores. The boy explains different scenarios of the kitten pretending he is something else. First he says Dusty thought he was a lumberjack and knocked down a vase of flowers.

Sesame Street - My Kitten - Siamese kitten Dusty knocking over vase of flowers

Then Dusty thought he was a miner and played in a paper bag as if it were a deep hole.

Sesame Street - My Kitten - Siamese kitten Dusty playing in paper bag

Sesame Street - My Kitten - close up of Siamese kitten Dusty

Next Dusty discovered Timmy the goldfish and thought he was a goldfish, too.

Sesame Street - My Kitten - Siamese kitten Dusty looking at goldfish

Then Dusty becomes a lion in the jungle while playing among the flowers. The kitten topples when the flowers fall over, but look closely and you’ll see the hand of the person who knocked them over!

Sesame Street - My Kitten - close up of Siamese kitten Dusty with tongue blep

Sesame Street - My Kitten - Siamese kitten Dusty lying on flowers

Sesame Street - My Kitten - Siamese kitten Dusty on flowers being knocked over by hand

Finally Dusty plays with some yarn and decides he is just a kitten.

Sesame Street - My Kitten - close up of Siamese kitten Dusty playing with red yarn

Sesame Street - My Kitten - close up of Siamese kitten Dusty being held by little boy

Final Mewsings: Little boys and kittens both have big imaginations!


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Police Academy 6: City Under Siege (1989)

Police Academy 6 poster

Warner Bros.
Starring:
 Bubba Smith, David Graf
Directed by: Peter Bonerz

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

Synopsis: The bumbling officers of the Academy find themselves facing bumbling but successful crooks who are pulling off major heists all over the city.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): In one scene Hightower (Bubba Smith) is undercover as a milkman. As he approaches a building, a tabby cat is sitting nearby. The usually surly officer pauses and greets the kitty, then gets a little container and pours out some milk, talking cutesy to the cat as he does so. “Let’s just keep this between me and you,” Hightower suggests to the cat when finished.

Police Academy 6: City Under Siege - Hightower Bubba Smith dressed as milkman approaching orange tabby cat on steps

Police Academy 6: City Under Siege - Hightower Bubba Smith dressed as milkman with orange tabby cat on steps

Police Academy 6: City Under Siege - Hightower Bubba Smith dressed as milkman pouring milk for orange tabby cat on steps

Police Academy 6: City Under Siege - Hightower Bubba Smith dressed as milkman with orange tabby cat on steps

Police Academy 6: City Under Siege - Hightower Bubba Smith dressed as milkman with orange tabby cat drinking milk on steps

Police Academy 6: City Under Siege - Hightower Bubba Smith dressed as milkman with orange tabby cat drinking milk on steps

Kitty Cameo:  In a later scene Tackleberry (David Graf) confronts the main bad guy Ace (Gerrit Graham). A gray cat is seen just briefly running along a pipe, solely to knock off an empty peach can which the men then shoot to show their marksmanship skills. If you look closely, you can see the string which really pulls the can down as the cat passes.

Police Academy 6: City Under Siege - gray cat running along pipe

Police Academy 6: City Under Siege - gray cat running along pipe by can

Police Academy 6: City Under Siege - gray cat running along pipe knocking off can

Final Mewsings: Tough guys aren’t afraid to love cats!

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


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