Category Archives: Newsreel

Miniature Dachshund Pups (1957)

British Pathé

Synopsis: Newsreel footage shows miniature dachshund pups being groomed and fed in a country inn.

Reality Cats: This footage was taken at a country inn in Dunsmore, Buckinghamshire, England where the proprietors, Ted and Georgina Fox, are walking their dachshunds. As they approach the front door of the inn, a tuxedo cat can be seen sitting in front.

Miniature Dachshund Pups - cat sitting outside country inn as couple approaches with dachshunds

The focus of the piece is of course on the dogs, especially two miniature dachshund pups named Samson and Delilah. But several shots of this same cat, plus one black cat (likely residents of the inn) are also shown, although no mention of them is made.

Miniature Dachshund Pups - black cat inside country inn

Miniature Dachshund Pups - tuxedo cat inside country inn

Miniature Dachshund Pups - tuxedo cat preening inside country inn

Final Mewsings: Country inn cats are not impressed with pups in cups.


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Hoppity Hare (1964)

British Pathé

Synopsis: Newsreel footage shows a domesticated hare named Hoppity living in a residence in West Mersea, Essex.

Reality Cat: The hare lives with Mrs. Joan Bullin and her tabby cat Bustamante (at least we think that’s what they’re saying) Bullin (or Buster for short). Buster seems to be taking the whole thing in stride, even eating alongside Hoppity. Unfortunately the newsreel footage cuts off suddenly.

Hoppity Hare - tabby cat Buster lying in basket

Hoppity Hare - tabby cat Buster eating food from bowl on floor

Hoppity Hare - tabby cat Buster eating alongside Hoppity Hare on floor

Final Mewsings: Buster probably wonders why he wasn’t raised on toast and marmalade!


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Cat Show (1948)

British Pathé

Synopsis: Unused and unissued newsreel footage of a cat show at Shepherd’s Bush, London.

Reality Cats: The newsreel begins with a couple of takes of two women, Irene Ashton and Diana Morrison, looking into a basket to find some Siamese kittens.

Cat Show 1948 - Irene Ashton and Diana Morrison looking into basket of Siamese kittens

Cat Show 1948 - little girl looking at Siamese kitten in cage

Cat Show 1948 - Siamese kittens inside cage

Cat Show 1948 - kitten sitting on woman's shoulder

Several shots of the show cats are then seen. What’s interesting about this footage is it gives you an idea of how these segments were shot, with an interesting variety of sounds being made to get the cats to look up for the cameras.

Cat Show 1948 - close up of white Persian cat

Cat Show 1948 - extreme close up of black Persian cat

Cat Show 1948 - close up of gray Persian cat

Cat Show 1948 - close up of Siamese cat

Final Mewsings: Cats must wonder why people make such weird noises when cameras are around.


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Turkish Van Cats Learn to Swim (1960)

British Pathé

Synopsis: Silent newsreel footage shows three Turkish Van cats eating and being forced to swim in tubs.

Reality Cats: The unused and unissued footage shows the cats with a couple of women who seem to be demonstrating how they are “teaching” the cats to swim. While Turkish Vans are naturally good swimmers, these poor cats seem to want to do anything but take a swim!

Turkish Van Cats Learn to Swim - Turkish Van Cat trying to get out of bathtub

Turkish Van Cats Learn to Swim - Turkish Van Cat wrapped in towel after swimming

Turkish Van Cats Learn to Swim - Turkish Van Cat being made to swim in large tub

Turkish Van Cats Learn to Swim - Turkish Van Cat wrapped in towel after swimming

Turkish Van Cats Learn to Swim - Turkish Van Cat swimming in tub

The cats are more comfortable in the garden playing and eating, although the one woman seems to want to control where and how they eat as well.

Turkish Van Cats Learn to Swim - Turkish Van Cat running in garden

Turkish Van Cats Learn to Swim - Turkish Van Cats eating from bowl of food

Final Mewsings: Just because cats can swim doesn’t mean they *want* to!


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