Category Archives: Cat Cattle Call

The Internecine Project (1974)

The Internecine Project poster

MacLean and Company
Starring:
 James Coburn, Harry Andrews
Directed by: Ken Hughes

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

Synopsis:  Professor Robert Elliot (James Coburn), a retired secret agent who is offered a job as a top rank government advisor, comes up with a cunning plan to eliminate those who know about his sordid past.

Cat Cattle Call: One of the people who have worked closely with Professor Elliot is a masseuse named Bert (Harry Andrews). Elliot comes to call on Bert in his home and pets a long-haired white cat outside the door.

The Internecine Project - hand petting long-haired white Angora cat

The Internecine Project - long-haired white Angora cat moving away from Professor Elliot James Coburn at front door

When Bert opens the door, he is also holding a long-haired white cat. As Elliot enters, he pauses to pet this cat as well.

The Internecine Project - long-haired white Angora cat held by Bert Harry Andrews opening door to Professor Elliot James Coburn

The Internecine Project - long-haired white Angora cat held by Bert Harry Andrews being petted by Professor Elliot James Coburn

After entering the home, we see that Bert actually owns many cats, and they are all over his place. To make room for Elliot to sit, Bert pushes a couple of cats off a chair.

The Internecine Project numerous cats in home of Bert Harry Andrews with Professor Elliot James Coburn

The Internecine Project numerous cats in home of Bert Harry Andrews with Professor Elliot James Coburn

The Internecine Project - long-haired white Angora cat held by Bert Harry Andrews with Professor Elliot James Coburn in background

The Internecine Project - long-haired white Angora cat held by Bert Harry Andrews who is pushing other cats aside for Professor Elliot James Coburn

The cats are present through much of the scene in which Elliot asks a favor of Bert. It is clear that Bert is an avid woman-hater.

The Internecine Project - long-haired white Angora cat held by Bert Harry Andrews

The Internecine Project - long-haired white Angora cat on couch behind Bert Harry Andrews

The Internecine Project - several cats on table with Bert Harry Andrews and Professor Elliot James Coburn

Later Bert is shown receiving instructions from Elliot. An orange and white cat is eating on the table beside him with one of the long haired white cats in the background.

The Internecine Project - long-haired orange and white tabby cat on table beside Bert Harry Andrews with white Angora cat in background

The Internecine Project - long-haired orange and white tabby cat on table beside Bert Harry Andrews with white Angora cat in background

Final Mewsings: Not all men who love cats hate women.

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


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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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Mister Ed – “Ed’s Word of Honor”

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Original Air Date: February 25, 1962
Starring: Alan Young, Larry Keating
Directed by: Arthur Lubin

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

Synopsis: After Mister Ed eats some apples from the neighbor’s yard, Wilbur (Alan Young) doesn’t believe it when Ed insists he didn’t also eat the man’s expensive fish.

Cat Cattle Call: The neighbor, Roger Addison (Larry Keating) gets so mad about the missing fish he refuses to talk to Wilbur until Mister Ed is sent away. Wilbur refuses to get rid of Mister Ed but also believes the horse is lying about eating the fish. But one night Roger is with his wife Kay (Edna Skinner) when they hear cats meowing in their back yard. When they run outside they find three cats poking around the fish pond.

Mister Ed - Mister Ed's Word of Honor - cats gathered around Roger Addison's backyard fish pond

Mister Ed - Mister Ed's Word of Honor - cats gathered around Roger Addison's backyard fish pond

The couple runs forward to scare the cats away, but the cats mostly look confused. They end up having to pick up two of the cats and move them aside.

Mister Ed - Mister Ed's Word of Honor - Roger Addison Larry Keating and his wife Kay Edna Skinner trying to scare cats away from backyard fish pond

Mister Ed - Mister Ed's Word of Honor - Roger Addison Larry Keating and his wife Kay Edna Skinner moving cats away from backyard fish pond

Mister Ed - Mister Ed's Word of Honor - Roger Addison Larry Keating and his wife Kay Edna Skinner moving cats away from backyard fish pond animated gif

A long-haired calico doesn’t seem to get the message and walks back into the shot before it cuts away.

Mister Ed - Mister Ed's Word of Honor - Roger Addison Larry Keating and his wife Kay Edna Skinner with long haired calico cat in background

Final Mewsings: Next thing you know they’ll accuse the cats of eating the apples!

Many thanks to Erin T. Aardvark for letting us know about the cats in this episode!


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Adventures of Superman – “Olsen’s Millions”

Adventures of Superman Season 3 DVD

Original Air Date: June 4, 1955
Starring: George Reeves, Jack Larson, Elizabeth Patterson
Directed by: George Blair

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

Synopsis: After Jimmy Olsen (Jack Larson) calls on Superman (George Reeves) to help save a kitten that has been locked in a safe, the kitten’s owner is so grateful she gives the cub reporter one million dollars.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): The episode begins with Jimmy arriving at the home of an elderly woman named Mrs. Peabody (Elizabeth Patterson). She is holding a tabby kitten named Topsy.

Adventures of Superman - Olsen's Millions - Mrs. Peabody Elizabeth Patterson holding tabby kitten Topsy opens door to Jimmy Olsen Jack Larson

Cat Cattle Call:  Mrs. Peabody is a rich woman who has been rescuing cats for years. She motions to a group of cats gathered around a dish of milk and introduces them as Flopsy, Mopsy, Popsy, Twinkles, Tinkles, Wrinkles and Sam.

Adventures of Superman - Olsen's Millions - group of cats around dish of milk on floor

Mrs. Peabody continues to hold Topsy as she explains to Jimmy how she started rescuing alley cats. “An alley is no place for a cat!” she states.

Adventures of Superman - Olsen's Millions - Mrs. Peabody Elizabeth Patterson holding tabby kitten on lap with Jimmy Olsen Jack Larson

Jimmy asks how many cats Mrs. Peabody has owned and she takes him to a large open safe where she has a complete list. He worries about her leaving her safe open and she explains she would never remember the combination. Topsy the kitten is seen climbing inside the safe.

Adventures of Superman - Olsen's Millions - tabby kitten Topsy climbing into open safe

Jimmy accidentally steps on the tail of a black cat and falls against the safe door (in reality the actor barely steps on the cat). They realize the kitten Topsy has been closed inside when her mother starts to worry at the safe door.

Adventures of Superman - Olsen's Millions - Jimmy Olsen accidentally stepping on black cat

Mrs. Peabody hurries to try to find the combination as Jimmy decides to call Clark Kent to ask if there would be any way he could summon Superman. As Jimmy waits, he assures Topsy’s mother that everything will be okay.

Adventures of Superman - Olsen's Millions - Jimmy Olsen Jack Larson holding gray and white tuxedo cat by safe

Superman arrives and pulls the door off the safe, saving the kitten.

Adventures of Superman - Olsen's Millions - Superman George Reeves pulling tabby kitten Topsy out of safe with Jimmy Olsen Jack Larson

Adventures of Superman - Olsen's Millions - Superman George Reeves handing tabby kitten Topsy to Jimmy Olsen Jack Larson

Adventures of Superman - Olsen's Millions - Superman George Reeves turns away after handing tabby kitten Topsy to Jimmy Olsen Jack Larson

Superman leaves before Mrs. Peabody returns and although Jimmy tries to tell her that he didn’t save the cat she offers to give him one million dollars.

Adventures of Superman - Olsen's Millions - Mrs. Peabody Elizabeth Patterson taking tabby kitten Topsy from Jimmy Olsen Jack Larson

Adventures of Superman - Olsen's Millions - Mrs. Peabody Elizabeth Patterson holding tabby kitten Topsy with Jimmy Olsen Jack Larson

Final Mewsings: Just think how many more cats Mrs. Peabody could have saved with that million dollars!

Many thanks to Erin T. Aardvark for letting us know about the cats in this episode!


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Seether (2009)

Music Artist: Veruca Salt

Synopsis: The official video for Veruca Salt’s song Seether.

Cat Cattle Call: Throughout the videos numerous cats are seen in and around a shelter where the band is assembled.

Veruca Salt - Seether - tabby and tortoiseshell cats through fish eye lens

Veruca Salt - Seether - tabby cats on floor

Veruca Salt - Seether - one-eyed cat through fish eye lens

Veruca Salt - Seether - tabby cat in soft orange light

The segments with the cats were filmed at the Tree House Humane Society in Chicago.

Veruca Salt - Seether - band with multiple cats in shelter

Veruca Salt - Seether - cat in purple negative

Veruca Salt - Seether - bandmate sleeping in chair surrounded by cats in shelter

Veruca Salt - Seether - tuxedo cat looking into fish eye lens

Final Mewsings: Cats make music videos even better!


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