Category Archives: Cat Burglar Scene Stealer

Kvinnors väntan (1952)

Secrets of Women poster

English Title: Waiting Women
Also Known As: Secrets of Women
Svensk Filmindustri (SF)
Starring:
 Maj-Britt Nilsson, Anita Björk
Directed by: Ingmar Bergman

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

Synopsis: Three sisters-in-law share stories about the relationships with their husbands while waiting for the men to arrive at a secluded cabin retreat.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): The second of the three stories told is that of Marta (Maj-Britt Nilsson) who explains how she became pregnant by an artist named Martin (Birger Malmsten) who found himself suddenly having to quit painting and join the family business. Marta keeps the pregnancy secret and has the baby alone. As she wakes up one day towards the end of her expectancy in her parents’ apartment, she walks into the bathroom to splash some water on herself to cool off. A small, dark cat is sitting in the hallway as she approaches.

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten in hallway as Marta Maj-Britt Nilsson approaches

She stops to lean down and push the cat aside, not roughly but still the kitten wasn’t really in her way. She then continues to the bathroom.

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten in hallway pushed aside as Marta Maj-Britt Nilsson passes

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten in hallway watching Marta Maj-Britt Nilsson walk into other room

The cat is later seen in the middle of the living room as Marta looks out a window.

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten in living room with Marta Maj-Britt Nilsson at window

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten in living room with Marta Maj-Britt Nilsson at window

The kitten is next on a mantel as Marta makes a phone call, watching as she hangs up the receiver.

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten on mantel

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten on mantel as hand reaches to hang up phone

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten on mantel as hand reaches to hang up phone

As Marta prepares to walk to the hospital, she stops in front of a mirror. The kitten is in her bag!

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten in bag with Marta Maj-Britt Nilsson

Marta takes the kitten to the hospital with her and is petting it in the waiting room.

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten being petted by Marta Maj-Britt Nilsson in hospital waiting room

When Marta is finally seen by a nurse, the woman is surprised to see the cat. But she simply asks a younger nurse to take the kitten from Marta. This is done very kindly and gently, but the kitten is not seen again even after Marta gives birth.

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten in Marta Maj-Britt Nilsson bag in admission area of hospital with nurses

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten in Marta Maj-Britt Nilsson bag in admission area of hospital with nurses

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten being taken from Marta Maj-Britt Nilsson by nurse in admission area of hospital

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten being taken from Marta Maj-Britt Nilsson by nurse in admission area of hospital

Final Mewsings: Why would anyone trade in a cat for a baby?


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Madcap Ambrose (1916)

Keystone Film Company
Starring:
 Mack Swain, Polly Moran
Directed by: Fred Fishback

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

Synopsis: Ambrose (Mack Swain) is a strong but gentle giant who lives in a boarding house run by his mother (Mai Wells) and who attracts the admiration of the maid Rosie Bloom (Polly Moran).

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): While Ambrose is grabbing a bite to eat in the kitchen, something falls on his head and breaks. He looks up to see a tiny tabby kitten on a shelf above.

Madcap Ambrose - tabby kitten sitting on shelf

Madcap Ambrose - tabby kitten knocks something off shelf onto Ambrose Mack Swain head animated gif

Ambrose isn’t even mad. He takes down the kitten and cuddles with it.

Madcap Ambrose - Ambrose Mack Swain cuddling tiny tabby kitten

Ambrose then places the kitten in the dish which held mashed potatoes and the kitten settles right in (by means of reverse footage). Ambrose giggles like a child as he places the lid on top.

Madcap Ambrose - Ambrose Mack Swain placing tiny tabby kitten into dish

Madcap Ambrose - tiny tabby kitten sitting in dish

Madcap Ambrose - tiny tabby kitten lying in dish

Madcap Ambrose - tabby kitten being placed inside dish by Ambrose Mack Swain animated gif

Madcap Ambrose - Ambrose Mack Swain placing lid on dish containing tiny tabby kitten

Rosie then takes the dish into the dining room where the boarders are surprised to see the kitten emerging!

Madcap Ambrose - tiny tabby kitten poking nose out of covered dish

Madcap Ambrose - tiny tabby kitten sitting up in dish

Madcap Ambrose - table of boarders surprised at tiny tabby kitten

Madcap Ambrose - table of boarders surprised at tiny tabby kitten emerging from covered dish animated gif

Madcap Ambrose - tiny tabby kitten sitting in dish

Madcap Ambrose - tiny tabby kitten eating from plate on table where boarders are surprised

Rosie takes the kitten to a table nearby and serenades to the tiny animal while playing an accordian.

Madcap Ambrose - Rosie Polly Moran playing accordian and serenading tiny tabby kitten

Madcap Ambrose - tiny tabby kitten sitting on table

Madcap Ambrose - Rosie Polly Moran petting tiny tabby kitten

Madcap Ambrose - Rosie Polly Moran playing accordian and serenading tiny tabby kitten animated gif

The kitten remains on the table as a fight breaks out over at the dining room.

Madcap Ambrose - Rosie Polly Moran looks shocked with tiny tabby kitten on table behind

One of the boarders stumbles over to Rosie and takes it hat off, accidentally placing it over the kitten on the table. When he picks up his hat, he picks up the kitten as well and places it on his head. He is surprised when the kitten starts to slip down his neck. Rosie rescues the kitten from the precarious predicament.

Madcap Ambrose - man taking off hat with Rosie Polly Moran and tiny tabby kitten on table behind

Madcap Ambrose - man wearing hat with tiny tabby cat tail sticking out the back surprising Rosie Polly Moran

Madcap Ambrose - Rosie Polly Moran holding tiny tabby kitten next to man with hat

Madcap Ambrose - man wearing hat with tiny tabby cat tail sticking out the back surprising Rosie Polly Moran animated gif

The kitten then remains on the table as Rosie receives some good news and everyone gathers around.

Madcap Ambrose - Rosie Polly Moran opens letter with tiny tabby kitten on table behind

Madcap Ambrose - boarders gathered around Rosie Polly with tiny tabby kitten on table behind

The Mack Sennett Studios appreciated the value of including animals in their films, having launched the career of one of the first Cinema Cats, Pepper, some years before. The name of this tiny tabby actor is unknown to us at this time.

Final Mewsings: Kittens prefer warm dishes to accordian music.


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Lady Macbeth (2016)

Lady Macbeth poster

BBC Films
Starring:
 Florence Pugh, Naomi Ackie
Directed by: William Oldroyd

Synopsis: Based on the book “Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk” by Nikolai Leskov. A purchased wife named Katherine (Florence Pugh) finds her married life stifling until she meets a handsome groomsman named Sebastian (Cosmo Jarvis) and dares to take drastic steps to change her fate.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): In several shots around Katherine’s home a nameless Cornish Rex cat is seen.

Lady Macbeth - ginger Cornish Rex cat on side board

Lady Macbeth - ginger Cornish Rex cat on side board

Lady Macbeth - ginger Cornish Rex cat on side board

The cat appears in several scenes, not interacting with Katherine or the other characters but sitting to one side. In one case the cat is seen eating a neglected breakfast on the table.

Lady Macbeth - ginger Cornish Rex cat eating from a plate on a table

Lady Macbeth - ginger Cornish Rex cat eating from a plate on a table

Lady Macbeth - ginger Cornish Rex cat eating from a plate on a table

Later in the film the cat wanders around the room as Katherine and the maid Anna (Naomi Ackie) await the fate of Katherine’s father-in-law.

Lady Macbeth - ginger Cornish Rex cat walking around room with Katherine Florence Pugh seated at table and Anna Naomi Ackie

Lady Macbeth - ginger Cornish Rex cat walking around room with Katherine Florence Pugh seated at table

Lady Macbeth - ginger Cornish Rex cat walking around room with Katherine Florence Pugh seated at table

At one point the cat is even seen sitting across from Katherine at the table.

Lady Macbeth - ginger Cornish Rex cat sitting at table

Apparently the Cornish Rex breed first appeared circa 1950 and as such is out of place in this period piece.

Lady Macbeth - ginger Cornish Rex cat walking past Katherine Florence Pugh and her deceased father in law

Final Mewsings: Cats like to be historically accurate.

Many thanks to Biloute for letting us know about the cat in this film.


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Portrait of Jennie (1948)

Portrait of Jennie poster

The Selznick Studio
Starring:
 Joseph Cotten, Florence Bates
Directed by: William Dieterle

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

Synopsis: Artist Eben Adams (Joseph Cotten) finds inspiration in a mysterious young woman named Jennie (Jennifer Jones).

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): In an early scene, Eben returns to his apartment building and tries to get up the stairs quietly without alerting the landlady Mrs. Jekes (Florence Bates) to his presence. But she catches him on the stairs wanting her rent. He is only able to give her five dollars. When she goes back into her apartment she sits down with her friend Mrs. Bunce (Esther Somers). During their conversation an adorable little cat walks back and forth on the couch between them.

Portrait of Jennie - small cat on couch with Mrs. Jekes Florence Bates and Mrs. Bunce Esther Somers

Portrait of Jennie - small cat on couch with Mrs. Jekes Florence Bates and Mrs. Bunce Esther Somers

Portrait of Jennie - small cat on couch with Mrs. Jekes Florence Bates and Mrs. Bunce Esther Somers

Portrait of Jennie - small cat on couch with Mrs. Jekes Florence Bates and Mrs. Bunce Esther Somers

Portrait of Jennie - small cat on couch with Mrs. Jekes Florence Bates and Mrs. Bunce Esther Somers

Portrait of Jennie - small cat on couch with Mrs. Jekes Florence Bates and Mrs. Bunce Esther Somers animated gif

The cat seems preoccupied with hoping one of the two ladies has something to eat, sniffing at whatever they are holding in hopes of it being food.

Portrait of Jennie - small cat on couch with Mrs. Jekes Florence Bates and Mrs. Bunce Esther Somers

Portrait of Jennie - small cat on couch with Mrs. Jekes Florence Bates and Mrs. Bunce Esther Somers

Portrait of Jennie - small cat on couch with Mrs. Jekes Florence Bates and Mrs. Bunce Esther Somers

Portrait of Jennie - small cat on couch with Mrs. Jekes Florence Bates and Mrs. Bunce Esther Somers

Portrait of Jennie - small cat on couch with Mrs. Jekes Florence Bates and Mrs. Bunce Esther Somers

Final Mewsings: Somebody please feed the kitty!


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Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers (1989)

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers poster

Magnum Pictures Inc.
Starring:
 Wendy Kaplan, Tamara Glynn
Directed by: Dominique Othenin-Girard

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

Synopsis: Serial killer Michael Meyers is on the loose again, this time setting out to kill a mute girl (Danielle Harris) and those around her.

Cat Burglars (Scene Stealers): In one scene some friends, Tina (Wendy Kaplan), Samantha (Tamara Glynn) and Spitz (Matthew Walker) are attending a Halloween party. They play a joke on a couple of bumbling cops by having Spitz, who is dressed as the Shape, chase the girls out of the party. Samantha, who is dressed as a devil, then finds a tiny ginger tabby kitten near a barn.

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers - Samantha Tamara Glynn holding up ginger tabby kitten

The three friends walk into the barn to find the kitten’s family. As they enter, Spitz startles the girls.

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers - Samantha Tamara Glynn holding ginger tabby kitten with Tina Wendy Kaplan entering barn

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers - Samantha Tamara Glynn holding ginger tabby kitten with Tina Wendy Kaplan being scared in barn

They find a box with the kittens inside. A tuxedo kitten gets out and runs away, at first followed by a ginger sibling.

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers - Samantha Tamara Glynn holding ginger tabby kitten with Tina Wendy Kaplan bending over

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers - Samantha wooden box of kittens in barn

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers - tuxedo and ginger tabby kittens running away in barn

Tina chases after the tuxedo kitten and there are some tense moments in the darkness until the kitten jumps onto her hand, maybe one of the youngest spring loaded cats ever!

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers - tuxedo kitten running away in barn

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers - tuxedo kitten jumps on Tina Wendy Kaplan hand scaring her in barn animated gif

Tina carries the kitten back to the box. Later Samantha reaches in and picks up one of the ginger kittens and holds it up.

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers - Tina Wendy Kaplan holding tuxedo kitten

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers - Tina Wendy Kaplan holding tuxedo kitten in barn

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers - ginger tabby kitten being picked up from wooden box of kittens

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers - Samantha Tamara Glynn holding up ginger tabby kitten

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers - Samantha Tamara Glynn picking up ginger tabby kitten and holding it to her face animated gif

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers - Samantha Tamara Glynn holding meowing ginger tabby kitten

Samantha puts the kitten down and goes to make love with Spitz. Michael shows up and puts an end to that. When Tina returns to the barn she finds the ginger kitten covered with blood (that of the murdered friends).

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers - ginger tabby kitten covered with blood on barn floor

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers - Tina Wendy Kaplan holding up bloody ginger tabby kitten

Tina drops the kitten to the floor of the barn (very roughly, unfortunately) next to a bloody scythe. The kittens are not seen again.

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers - bloody ginger tabby kitten dropped on floor by bloody scythe

Final Mewsings: At least the kittens survived the movie!

Many thanks to Leila Smith for letting us know about the kittens in this movie!


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