Category Archives: Cat Burglar Scene Stealer

Daydreams (1922)

Daydreams poster

First National Pictures
Starring:
 Buster Keaton
Directed by: Eddie Cline

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

Synopsis: A young man (Buster Keaton) goes to the city to obtain work and prove he is worthy of the girl he loves.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): The first job Buster gets is at a dog and cat hospital (although in the letter to his girl he makes it sound as if he is working in a large hospital). After tending to some dogs outside, Buster enters the building and finds a tuxedo cat sitting on a shelf with some bottles. A dog is nearby.

Daydreams - Buster Keaton sees tuxedo cat on shelf

Buster picks up the cat and places it in a basket on the floor.

Daydreams - Buster Keaton picks up tuxedo cat from shelf

Daydreams - Buster Keaton places tuxedo cat into basket

After locking the lid of the basket, Buster picks it up to carry it in to the veterinarian. But the bottom is missing and the cat remains where it is. The dog sees the cat and starts to get up. The cat arches its back in response.

Daydreams - Buster Keaton walks away with basket leaving tuxedo cat on floor with dog

Daydreams - tuxedo cat arching back at dog

Daydreams - Buster Keaton places tuxedo cat in basket and then walks away with basket leaving cat on floor with dog animated gif

The dog approaches the cat who arches even more.

Daydreams - tuxedo cat arching back at dog

Eventually the cat runs outside with the dog following. After arching enough to make the dog give up, the cat moves away.

Daydreams - tuxedo cat arching back at dog outside

Daydreams - tuxedo cat walking away

Daydreams - tuxedo cat arching back at dog outside then walking away animated gif

Final Mewsings: Cats visiting the vet don’t tolerate much!


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Sesame Street – “Trying and Trying Again”

Original Air Date: April 3, 1975

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

Synopsis: A segment about not giving up set to the song Trying and Trying Again by Joe Raposo.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): The song begins with footage of a grey and white tuxedo kitten trying to climb up a very large set of stairs.

Sesame Street - Trying and Trying again - grey and white tuxedo kitten climbing stairs

Sesame Street - Trying and Trying again - grey and white tuxedo kitten climbing stairs

Sesame Street - Trying and Trying again - grey and white tuxedo kitten climbing stairs

Eventually the kitten reaches the top.

Sesame Street - Trying and Trying again - grey and white tuxedo kitten on step of stairs

Final Mewsings: Kittens don’t know the meaning of the word quit!

Many thanks to Erin T. Aardvark for reminding us of this adorable segment!


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The Boogie Man Will Get You (1942)

The Boogie Man Will Get You poster

Columbia Pictures Corporation
Starring:
 Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff
Directed by: Lew Landers

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

Synopsis: Winnie Slade (Jeff Donnell) is newly divorced and looking to be independent, so she invests in an old inn occupied by a mad scientist named Prof. Nathaniel Billings (Boris Karloff).

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): One of the kooky characters in this horror comedy is Dr. Arthur Lorencz (Peter Lorre), a literal man-of-all-trades who pops in often to serve various purposes. When he first arrives he acts as a notary public overseeing the sale of the house. As he prepares the sale, he pulls a Siamese kitten out of his pocket and sets her on the desk.

The Boogie Man Will Get You - Dr. Arthur Lorencz Peter Lorre with Siamese kitten on desk

The Boogie Man Will Get You - Dr. Arthur Lorencz Peter Lorre with Siamese kitten on desk

The Boogie Man Will Get You - Siamese kitten being taken out of pocket by Dr. Arthur Lorencz Peter Lorre animated gif

The Boogie Man Will Get You - Dr. Arthur Lorencz Peter Lorre with Siamese kitten on desk

The Boogie Man Will Get You - Dr. Arthur Lorencz Peter Lorre with Siamese kitten on desk

Winnie and her ex-husband Bill (Larry Parks) pay a visit to Lorencz after finding a dead body in Billings’ lab. The signs outside the man’s home indicate he also is a Doctor, Justice of the Peace, Mayor, Coroner and handles Loans and Insurance. Before entering Lorencz’ home the Siamese kitten is seen sitting on a desk.

The Boogie Man Will Get You - Siamese kitten on desk

After telling him about the corpse, Lorencz steps into his role as Sheriff and picks up the Siamese kitten, placing her in his pocket.

The Boogie Man Will Get You - Dr. Arthur Lorencz Peter Lorre with Siamese kitten at desk next to Winnie Jeff Donnell and Bill Larry Parks

The Boogie Man Will Get You - Dr. Arthur Lorencz Peter Lorre placing Siamese kitten in pocket with Winnie Jeff Donnell and Bill Larry Parks

Instead of arresting Billings, Lorencz agrees to go into business with him and they sign a contract with the kitten sitting on the table. Once again Lorencz finishes by placing the kitten in his pocket.

The Boogie Man Will Get You - Dr. Arthur Lorencz Peter Lorre and Dr. Billings Boris Karloff with Siamese kitten on table

The kitten is seen briefly as Billings and Lorencz approach the house.

The Boogie Man Will Get You - Dr. Arthur Lorencz Peter Lorre carrying Siamese kitten with Dr. Billings Boris Karloff approaching house

Looking for clues, Lorencz and Billings search a room. The kitten continually mews until Lorencz takes her out of his pocket and asks what she wants. “You know it isn’t milk time yet!”

The Boogie Man Will Get You - Siamese kitten being held

The Boogie Man Will Get You - Siamese kitten being held

The Boogie Man Will Get You - Siamese kitten being taken out of pocket by Dr. Arthur Lorencz Peter Lorre with Dr. Billings Boris Karloff animated gif

Lorencz sets the kitten down on the floor, feeling the kitten is sensing something. “You know she has the most amazing instinct for crime and corruption,” he explains to Billings.

The Boogie Man Will Get You - Dr. Arthur Lorencz Peter Lorre holding Siamese kitten with Dr. Billings Boris Karloff

The kitten runs into another room and starts pawing at a door. Lorencz picks up the kitten and asks, “Really?” then pockets the kitten while telling Billings, “I told you so!”

The Boogie Man Will Get You - Siamese kitten running out of room

The Boogie Man Will Get You - Siamese kitten scratching at door

The Boogie Man Will Get You - Siamese kitten runs from room and scratches at door animated gif

The Boogie Man Will Get You - Dr. Arthur Lorencz Peter Lorre holding Siamese kitten with Dr. Billings Boris Karloff

The kitten is only seen again briefly in the basement as Billings and Lorencz are moving unconscious people into another room.

The Boogie Man Will Get You - Dr. Arthur Lorencz Peter and Dr. Billings Boris Karloff carrying body with Siamese kitten nearby

Final Mewsings: Is that a kitten in you pocket … ?

Many thanks to Ted Davis for letting us know about the kitten in this movie!


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Taxi – “Nardo Loses Her Marbles”

Taxi Season Two DVD

Original Air Date: October 2, 1979
Starring: Andy Kaufman, Danny DeVito
Directed by: James Burrows

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

Synopsis: A maddening schedule and the pressure of being a mom working two jobs starts to get to Elaine Nardo (Marilu Henner) which prompts Alex (Judd Hirsch) to suggest she seek therapy.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): In the opening segment of the episode, Latka (Andy Kaufman) finishes cleaning out a cab and presents Louie with the small amount of change he has found. Louie doesn’t believe Latka is giving him everything and demands he empties out his pockets then and there. Latka proceeds to pull numerous odd items out of the pockets of his coveralls, including a packet of cat cookies. When asked why he needs cat cookies, Latka pulls out a tiny kitten from the other pocket.

Taxi - Nardo Loses Her Marbles - Latka Andy Kaufman pulls kitten from pocket with Louie Danny DeVito

Taxi - Nardo Loses Her Marbles - Latka Andy Kaufman pulls kitten from pocket with Louie Danny DeVito

Taxi - Nardo Loses Her Marbles - Latka Andy Kaufman pulls kitten from pocket with Louie Danny DeVito animated gif

Louie tells Latka to “get that mangy thing outta here!” Latka then tells the kitten that this is the Louie he was telling him about, then reacts as the kitten supposedly pees on him. “So you recognize his name!” Latka states, then walks away with the kitten, which is not seen again.

Taxi - Nardo Loses Her Marbles - Latka Andy Kaufman reacts to kitten peeing on him with Louie Danny DeVito

Taxi - Nardo Loses Her Marbles - Latka Andy Kaufman holding tiny kitten with Louie Danny DeVito

Taxi - Nardo Loses Her Marbles - Latka Andy Kaufman walking away with tuxedo kitten

What’s funny is there are several hints of what is to come beforehand, as the kitten’s mews can be heard before the reveal. Actor Andy Kaufman has to keep putting his hand discreetly in his right pocket to keep the kitten from poking out, but it does manage to be seen just inside the pocket a couple of times.

Taxi - Nardo Loses Her Marbles - Latka Andy Kaufman with kitten poking out of pocket with Louie Danny DeVito

Taxi - Nardo Loses Her Marbles - Latka Andy Kaufman with kitten poking out of pocket with Louie Danny DeVito

Final Mewsings: Is that a kitten in your pocket or … ?

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


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Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

Moonrise Kingdom poster

Indian Paintbrush
Starring:
 Kara Hayward, Jared Gilman
Directed by: Wes Anderson

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

Synopsis: Sam Shakusky (Jared Gilman) is a Khaki Scout deserter and Suzy Bishop (Kara Hayward) is a family misfit. They fall in love and run away together, setting off an odd series of events.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): The Bishop family includes a tabby kitten, which Suzy is seen carrying when she first appears during the opening credits.

Moonrise Kingdom - tabby kitten being carried into room by Suzy Kara Hayward

Moonrise Kingdom - tabby kitten sitting on table in front of Suzy Kara Hayward

Moonrise Kingdom - tabby kitten being picked up by Suzy Kara Hayward

Suzy walks into a room where her three brothers are listening to a record on a portable player. She sets the kitten down on a bookshelf and sits down to read.

Moonrise Kingdom - tabby kitten sitting on bookshelf by Suzy Kara Hayward

The kitten is shown throughout the house during the titles, including a moment inside a fishing basket and sitting on the table as the boys are eating.

Moonrise Kingdom - tabby kitten sitting on table behind Suzy Kara Hayward

Moonrise Kingdom - tabby kitten eating from bowl on floor by Mr. Bishop Bill Murray

Moonrise Kingdom - tabby kitten peeking out of fishing basket in attic

Moonrise Kingdom - tabby kitten sitting on table with three Bishop brothers

When Suzy runs away to meet Sam, she is carrying the kitten with her in the fishing basket.

Moonrise Kingdom - tabby kitten peeking out of fishing basket being carried by Suzy Kara Hayward

During their journey, Suzy is sometimes seen holding the kitten or it is seen in the basket.

Moonrise Kingdom - tabby kitten help by Suzy Kara Hayward with Sam Jared Gilman

When they reach a cove, the youngsters camp. The kitten is seen on the beach peeking out of the basket.

Moonrise Kingdom - tabby kitten peeking out of fishing basket on beach

Moonrise Kingdom - tabby kitten sitting in fishing basket on beach

The kitten is also seen with Suzy as she poses for Sam to paint her picture.

Moonrise Kingdom - tabby kitten sitting with Suzy Kara Hayward on blanket on beach

Moonrise Kingdom - tabby kitten sitting with Suzy Kara Hayward on blanket on beach

Moonrise Kingdom - tabby kitten sitting with Suzy Kara Hayward on blanket on beach

Eventually the pair is caught and taken back home. Suzy’s dad (Bill Murray) is scolding her as the kitten is held by a Scout in the background.

Moonrise Kingdom - Mr. Bishop Bill Murray on boat with tabby kitten held by Khaki Scout in background

Moonrise Kingdom - Khaki Scouts playing with tabby kitten on boat behind Mr. Bishop Bill Murray

At the end of the film it is some time later and the kitten is shown as a full grown cat in the Bishop home. It is said that actress Kara Hayward got to keep the kitten after filming was completed. However, the film received in “Unacceptable” rating from the American Humane Association because an underaged kitten was used during the shoot (use of kittens under 8 weeks of age is not condoned), plus the AHA was not informed of the shooting dates so they could monitor the scenes using the kitten.

Moonrise Kingdom - young tabby cat lying in hallway

Final Mewsings: It takes a talented kitten to steal a scene from Bill Murray!


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