Category Archives: Kitten

Pack Up Your Troubles (1932)

Pack Up Your Troubles poster

Hal Roach Studios
Starring:
 Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy
Directed by: George Marshall, Ray McCarey

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

Synopsis: Laurel and Hardy serve as soldiers in World War I where a friend of theirs is killed. They then take it upon themselves to care for the man’s baby girl until her grandparents can be found.

Cat Cattle Call: In a scene late in the film Laurel and Hardy are running a lunch wagon. They return to the wagon after having been away and as Laurel opens the doors numerous cats come leaping out!

Pack Up Your Troubles - numerous cats leaping out of lunch wagon owned by Laurel and Hardy

Pack Up Your Troubles - numerous ats leaping out of lunch wagon owned by Laurel and Hardy

Pack Up Your Troubles - numerous cats leaping out of lunch wagon owned by Laurel and Hardy

Pack Up Your Troubles - numerous cats leaping out of lunch wagon owned by Laurel and Hardy animated gif

The cats scatter and Laurel has to help a couple of smaller cats get down from the back of the wagon.

Pack Up Your Troubles - numerous cats leaping out of lunch wagon owned by Laurel and Hardy

Pack Up Your Troubles - numerous cats leaping out of lunch wagon owned by Laurel and Hardy

As they step inside the wagon, Laurel finds one tabby kitten still on the counter. He picks it up by the scruff and drops it over the edge (hopefully someone was below to catch it since it’s a closer shot).

Pack Up Your Troubles - tabby kitten on lunch counter in front of Stan Laurel

Pack Up Your Troubles - tabby kitten on lunch counter in front of Stan Laurel

Pack Up Your Troubles - tabby kitten on lunch counter in front of Stan Laurel animated gif

Final Mewsings: Cats never pass up a free lunch!


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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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Mammals Are Interesting (1953)

Encyclopedia Britannica Films

Synopsis: An educational film all about mammals.

Reality Cats: When the subject of mammals having hair is introduced, footage of a long-haired tabby cat mama with her kittens is shown.

Mammals Are Interesting - tabby kitten cleaning itself

Mammals Are Interesting - tabby kitten looking at camera

Mammals Are Interesting - mama tabby cat with kittens

Mammals Are Interesting - mama tabby cat cleaning kitten

Mammals Are Interesting - mama tabby cat cleaning kitten

Later the discussion of carnivores includes footage of a Siamese cat playing with a ball of string as the narrator explains how they have sharp claws to catch their food.

Mammals Are Interesting - Siamese cat looking at ball of string

Mammals Are Interesting - Siamese cat looking at ball of string

Mammals Are Interesting - Siamese cat playing with ball of string

Final Mewsings: Cats wish they had claws sharp enough to open tuna cans!


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