Category Archives: Black Cat

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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The Whisperers (1967)

The Whisperers poster

Seven Pines
Starring:
 Edith Evans
Directed by: Bryan Forbes

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

Synopsis: An elderly woman named Mrs. Margaret Ross (Edith Evans) struggles through a lonely existence where she is exploited, confused and, worst of all, forgotten.

Kitty Cameos: Throughout the film several street cats are shown living around the poor area where Mrs. Ross lives. Many are seen during the opening credits.

The Whisperers - tabby and white cat far down steps

The Whisperers - tabby and white cat on top step under credits

The Whisperers - white cat walking along wall under credits

The Whisperers - white cat jumping to higher wall under credits

The Whisperers - tabby cat walking along wall under credits

The Whisperers - tabby cat about to jump down from wall

A little black cat with a deformed ear runs away when Mrs. Ross walks down the street.

The Whisperers - little black cat with deformed ear

A tabby cat is in a garbage can but jumps down as Mrs. Ross approaches.

The Whisperers - tabby cat in garbage can as Mrs. Ross Edith Evans walks up steps

The Whisperers - tabby cat jumps down from garbage can as Mrs. Ross Edith Evans walks up steps

Later in the film, Mrs. Ross is cruelly abused by a woman out to steal money from her. She is given alcohol and left drunk by her home. Having passed out, Mrs. Ross is found the next morning horribly ill. A black kitten is running around beside her.

The Whisperers - black kitten beside unconscious Mrs. Ross Edith Evans lying on ground

The Whisperers - black kitten beside unconscious Mrs. Ross Edith Evans lying on ground

Another black cat (or perhaps the same one?) is seen crossing the road.

The Whisperers - black cat crossing road

This or another black cat is then seen eating from a garbage can as Mrs. Ross goes to the dustbin. She asks the kitty if it wants a saucer of milk, but the cat doesn’t respond. “Oh, next time,” Mrs. Ross says dejectedly as she walks away.

The Whisperers - black cat eating from garbage can beside Mrs. Ross Edith Evans

Final Mewsings: Poor cats and people should not have to suffer.

Many thanks to Ted Davis for letting us know about the cats in this film!


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Deliria (1987)

Stagefright poster

English Title:  StageFright (aka Aquarius and Bloody Bird)
DMV Distribuzione
Starring:
 Barbara Cupisti, Clain Parker
Directed by: Michael Soavi

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

Synopsis: A theater troupe finds themselves locked in a soundstage with a crazed killer.

Featured Feline: The film opens with a cat yowling under the opening credits. A black cat is featured prominently in many scenes of the film (actually the cat, whose name is Lucifer, appears to be a tabby cat which has been tinted black). The cat first crosses the stage as the actors are rehearsing a play.

Deliria - black tabby cat Lucifer walking across stage

The director, Peter (David Brandon) later grabs Lucifer roughly and hands him to a stage hand named Mark (Martin Philips), directing him to “Get this damn cat out of here.”

Deliria - director reaching for black tabby cat Lucifer on stage

Deliria - Mark Martin Philips carrying away black tabby cat Lucifer

Lucifer belongs to the building’s caretaker Willy (James Sampson), who reaches for him when he crosses the path of actress Alicia (Barbara Cupisti) and seamstress Betty (Ulrike Schwerk) as they head out for medical help for Alicia’s sore ankle. Alicia is nervous and Betty asks if she is superstitious.

Deliria - black tabby cat Lucifer running in front of women

The girls go to a psychiatric hospital for help and unwittingly bring back a crazed psycho killer named Irving Wallace (Clain Parker) in their car. As Betty later sits in the car, she is startled by Lucifer who jumps at her in true spring-loaded cat fashion from the back seat. After Betty is killed, Alicia hears Lucifer meowing around the car and looks for him. Lucifer is not seen but Alicia finds Betty’s body next to the car.

Deliria - black tabby cat Lucifer jumps up on back of front seat in car

Lucifer is not seen again until later in the film when the majority of the theater troupe has been killed, leaving only Alicia to witness the gruesome scene of Wallace, wearing an owl’s head that was a prop from the play, arranging the mutilated bodies around the stage. Lucifer emerges from beneath a chair and starts to gnaw on part of one of the bodies.

Deliria - black tabby cat Lucifer coming out from beneath chair on bloody stage covered with bodies

Deliria - black tabby cat Lucifer coming out from beneath chair on bloody stage covered with bodies

Deliria - black tabby cat Lucifer gnawing at body on bloody stage

Deliria - black tabby cat Lucifer on bloody stage covered with bodies and killer

The cat then hits an electrical cable on the stage, turning on a fan which blows feathers everywhere.

Deliria - black tabby cat Lucifer bumping into wire

Lucifer then becomes Wallace’s lap cat, enjoying pets as the crazy man sits in the chair in the middle of the stage, surrounded by his carnage.

Deliria - black tabby cat Lucifer sitting on lap of owl headed killer Wallace on bloody stage

Deliria - close of black tabby cat Lucifer sitting on lap of owl headed killer Wallace on bloody stage

Deliria - close of black tabby cat Lucifer sitting on lap of owl headed killer Wallace on bloody stage

Deliria - close of black tabby cat Lucifer sitting on lap of owl headed killer Wallace on bloody stage

Alicia spots the key to the door stuck in the stage and crawls beneath the floor to try to pry it loose. Lucifer notices the nail she is using coming up through the boards and investigates, tipping Wallace off to Alicia’s location.

Deliria - close of black tabby cat Lucifer sitting on lap of owl headed killer Wallace on bloody stage with key in foreground

Deliria - close of black tabby cat Lucifer sitting on lap of owl headed killer Wallace on bloody stage with key in foreground

Deliria - close of black tabby cat Lucifer at feet of owl headed killer Wallace on bloody stage with key in foreground

Deliria - close of black tabby cat Lucifer at feet of owl headed killer Wallace on bloody stage with key in foreground

Lucifer is only seen one more time following Alicia down the steps of the stage as she runs to the door.

Deliria - close of black tabby cat Lucifer coming off bloody stage with Alicia Barbara Cupisti ahead

Final Mewsings: If you are stupid enough to go to a psychiatric hospital for a sore ankle, don’t blame the cat for your bad luck!

Many thanks to Dr. Jimmy and Bob for letting us know about the cat in this movie.


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Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

Bohemian Rhapsody poster

New Regency Pictures
Starring:
 Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton
Directed by: Bryan Singer

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

Synopsis: The story of the rise to fame of the band Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek).

Cat Cattle Call: It is well known that singer Freddie Mercury was a huge lover of cats and as such cats are well represented in the film. The cats are shown around Mercury’s homes, and several shots are devoted to the cats alone. One of the opening shots shows Mercury walking past his many cats as they eat from their bowls.

Bohemian Rhapsody - cats eating from food bowls on floor as Freddie Mercury Rami Malek walks by

The cats also watch as he drives away to perform at Live Aid.

Bohemian Rhapsody - cats looking out of window

Cats are present in the early years when Mercury was living with his lifelong friend and fiancee Mary Austin (Lucy Boynton).

Bohemian Rhapsody - tabby kitten poking head up

Bohemian Rhapsody - orange and white tabby walking on piano keys

Bohemian Rhapsody - tabby cat running past doorway

Bohemian Rhapsody - black cat approaching beaded doorway

Bohemian Rhapsody - tabby cat sitting on bed

While the band is touring the U.S., Mercury is talking to Mary over the phone and asks of the cats Tom and Jerry can hear him. He then asks Mary if she can put Romeo on the phone so he can tell the cat he misses him.

Bohemian Rhapsody - Mary Lucy Boynton petting tabby cat while on phone with other tabby cat on couch behind

The cats even watch as Mary eventually walks out on Mercury, although they remain friends.

Bohemian Rhapsody - tabby cat on bed in background behind Freddie Mercury Rami Malek and Mary Lucy Boynton

Bohemian Rhapsody - tabby cats watch as Mary Lucy Boynton leaves

When Mercury moves into a larger house in London he explains that each cat can have its own room, Delilah’s by the kitchen, Miko next door, and Tiffany, Oscar and Romeo upstairs. And a large room for Lily.

Bohemian Rhapsody - ginger tabby cat sitting on floor

Bohemian Rhapsody - grey tabby cat lying on bed

A few of the cats are seen in the latter part of the film. One is eating breakfast on a table with Mercury.

Bohemian Rhapsody - tortoiseshell cat eating on table with Freddie Mercury Rami Malek

Two cats watch as Mercury warms up his voice for Live Aid.

Bohemian Rhapsody - grey and ginger tabby cats sitting on chair looking up

The cats are seen watching the Live Aid performance on television as well.

Bohemian Rhapsody - cats in living room watching Freddie Mercury Queen Live Aid performance on television

As the end credits begin, a photo of Mercury and his boyfriend Jim is shown with Jim holding a tabby cat.

Bohemian Rhapsody - photo of Freddy Mercury and boyfriend Jim holding tabby cat

The cat actors were provided by Stunt Dogs and Animals, Ltd.

Bohemian Rhapsody - grey tabby and ginger tabby sitting on bed

Cinema Cats follower Elisabeth Riba was kind enough to send us some further information about Freddie Mercury and his cats, as well as other cats connected to the band Queen. The liner notes of Freddie’s first solo album included the line “This album is dedicated to my cat Jerry – also Tom, Oscar and Tiffany, and all the cat lovers across the universe – screw everybody else!”

Many of the interactions shown in the film were based on real life. While touring, Freddie would regularly phone home and have his housekeepers or assistants hold each cat up to the phone so he could talk to them.

Some of the cats Mercury loved were Tom, Jerry, Oscar, Tiffany, Goliath, Miko, Romeo, Lily, Dorothy and Delilah. Delilah was his favorite, and he even wrote this song about her:

In his final video, These Are The Days Of Our Lives, Freddie wore a custom-made vest illustrated with pictures of his cats.

Freddie left his house and most of his possessions to his close friend, Mary, who took care of his cats for the rest of their natural lives.

But Freddie wasn’t the only cat-lover in the band. One of the earliest photos of Brian May with his Red Special guitar (taken in 1963) shows him playing for Squeaky, the family cat. And Brian’s childhood pet cat Pixie inspired the 1977 song, “All Dead, All Dead.” We will be writing up the animated music video for the song next week!

Bohemian Rhapsody - Brian May with his black cat Squeaky

Final Mewsings: We love people who love cats!


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Kolja (1996)

Kolya poster

English Title: Kolya
Biograf Jan Sverak
Starring:
 Zdenek Sverák, Ondrej Vetchý
Directed by: Jan Sverák

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

Synopsis: A bachelor Czechoslovakian musician named Louka (Zdenek Sverák) agrees to an arranged marriage for money and unexpectedly ends up caring for the woman’s son named Kolja (Andrey Khalimon).

Kitty Cameos: Louka’s gravedigger friend Broz (Ondrej Vetchý) is the one who suggests the arranged marriage to Louka. He is married with several kids and a menagerie of animals, including a black kitten.

Kolya - black kitten on floor with black and white rabbit

Kolya - black kitten on floor with black and white rabbit

Later in the film a speckled cat can be seen on top of the mynah bird’s cage.

Kolya - speckled cat on mynah bird cage in background of Broz home

Kolya - speckled cat on mynah bird cage

Kolya - speckled cat on mynah bird cage

Final Mewsings: No menagerie is complete without some cats.

Many thanks to Nick Wale for reminding us of the cats in this movie.


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