Category Archives: Suspense

Charlie Chan in Paris (1935)

Charlie Chan in Paris poster

Fox Film Corporation
Starring:
 Warner Oland, Mary Brian
Directed by: Lewis Seiler

Synopsis: Famed detective Charlie Chan (Warner Oland) heads to Paris where he tries to track down the killers behind a forged bond scheme.

Purr Blur: In one scene Chan is exploring the basement of a building. In the light of a flashlight a black cat can barely be seen jumping down from a counter and scurrying away.

Charlie Chan in Paris - black cat in darkness class=

Final Mewsings: Le chat noir doesn’t stick around to be questioned!


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Charlie Chan at Treasure Island (1939)

Charlie Chan at Treasure Island poster

20th Century Fox
Starring:
 Sidney Toler, Sen Yung
Directed by: Norman Foster

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

Synopsis: Charlie Chan (Sidney Toler) senses a murder when his friend suddenly dies on a flight from Honolulu to Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay.

Kitty Cameo: In the course of his investigation, Charlie Chan approaches the home of a noted mystique known as Zodiac. As he approaches the mansion, a black cat is seen sitting on a windowsill with a man looking out from behind the curtains.

Charlie Chan at Treasure Island - black cat on windowsill

Charlie Chan at Treasure Island - black cat on windowsill with man peeking out from behind curtains

Later Charlie Chan approaches the house again. This time the black cat crosses his path and disappears.

Charlie Chan at Treasure Island - black cat crossing Charlie Chan's path

Charlie Chan at Treasure Island - black cat crossing Charlie Chan's Sidney Toler path animated gif

Final Mewsings: We firmly believe the black cat brought Charlie Chan good luck!

Many thanks to Ted Davis for letting us know about the cat in this movie.


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All I See is You (2016)

All I See is You poster

SC Films International
Starring:
 Blake Lively, Jason Clark
Directed by: Marc Forster

Synopsis: Gina (Blake Lively) has been blind since a horrific car accident but an operation promises to restore her sight, although this ultimately puts a strain on her relationship with her husband James (Jason Clark).

Purr Blur: In one scene Gina is walking down a dark Bangkok street. A tiny, scraggly kitten is seen walking along a wall for only a few seconds.

All I See is You - scraggly white and black kitten walking along wall

All I See is You - scraggly white and black kitten walking along wall

Final Mewsings: All I see are cats!


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What Lies Beneath (2000)

What Lies Beneath poster

DreamWorks
Starring:
 Michelle Pfeiffer, Micole Mercurio
Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

Synopsis: Claire Spencer (Michelle Pfeiffer) becomes convinced that a murdered woman is trying to speak to her from beyond the grave.

Kitty Cameo: In one scene Claire visits the mother (Micole Mercurio) of a woman she thinks may be the ghost who is trying to communicate with her. The woman, whose name is Mrs. Frank, owns a ginger tabby cat which she holds on her chest for part of the scene in which they talk.

What Lies Beneath - Mrs. Frank Micole Mercurio petting ginger tabby cat on chest

What Lies Beneath - Mrs. Frank Micole Mercurio petting ginger tabby cat on chest

What Lies Beneath - Mrs. Frank Micole Mercurio petting ginger tabby cat on chest

What Lies Beneath - Mrs. Frank Micole Mercurio petting ginger tabby cat on chest

Final Mewsings: If cats can see ghosts they aren’t telling!


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Playing by Heart (1998)

Playing by Heart poster

Miramax
Starring:
 Angelina Jolie, Ryan Phillippe
Directed by: Willard Carroll

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

Synopsis: The stories of several people following their trials and tribulations through love and relationships in Los Angeles.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): One of the stories is about a young woman named Joan (Angelina Jolie) who tries to coax a shy young man named Keenan (Ryan Philippe) to come out of his shell. The first time they meet, Joan is on the phone with her soon-to-be-ex-boyfriend, negotiating about what he can and can’t take from their apartment. She insists on keeping her cat named Blanche. When Joan finally gets Keenan to visit her apartment, he meets Blanche, a surly one-eyed ginger tabby cat who hisses at Keenan before running away.

Playing by Heart - Joan Angelina Jolie and Keenan Ryan Philippe entering apartment with one eyed ginger tabby cat Blanche on bookshelf

Playing by Heart - one eyed ginger tabby cat Blanche on bookshelf hissing

Playing by Heart - Keenan Ryan Philippe looking at one eyed ginger tabby cat Blanche on bookshelf

Playing by Heart - one eyed ginger tabby cat Blanche on bookshelf hissing

Playing by Heart - Keenan Ryan Philippe watching one eyed ginger tabby cat Blanche jumping down from bookshelf

Playing by Heart - one eyed ginger tabby cat Blanche hissing at Keenan Ryan Philippe before jumping down from bookshelf animated gif

Blanche is next seen sitting beside Joan as she talks on the phone.

Playing by Heart - Joan Angelina Jolie on phone beside one eyed ginger tabby cat Blanche

Playing by Heart - one eyed ginger tabby cat Blanche lying on table

Playing by Heart - Joan Angelina Jolie on phone beside one eyed ginger tabby cat Blanche

Later when Joan and Keenan are finally together, he admits that he might even learn to like Blanche.

Playing by Heart - Joan Angelina Jolie and Keenan Ryan Philippe in bed looking back at one eyed ginger tabby cat Blanche

Playing by Heart one eyed ginger tabby cat Blanche on chest of drawers

The animal actors for the film were provided by trainer Denise Sanders for Bob Dunn’s Animal Services. We don’t know if an actual one-eyed cat was used (or some kind of prosthetic was applied to the cat actor) but one thing we know for sure . . . at least one of the cats playing Blanche was a tom!

Playing by Heart - one eyed ginger tabby cat Blanche running away beneath table

Final Mewsings: Blanche, like her owner, had balls!


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