Category Archives: Tabby

Musical Monday bannerThe Harvey Girls (1946)

The Harvey Girls poster

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Starring:
 Judy Garland, Marjorie Main
Directed by: George Sidney

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

Synopsis: A train full of beautiful women arrive in a small western town to work as waitresses at a Harvey House restaurant franchise.

Kitty Cameo: In one scene a woman named Sonora Cassidy (Marjorie Main), who is in charge of all the women, is seen opening a window and putting out an orange and white tabby cat. “Good night, Arabella,” Sonora says to the cat, which is not seen again.

The Harvey Girls - Sonora Cassidy Marjorie Main carrying orange and white tabby cat Arabella to window

The Harvey Girls - Sonora Cassidy Marjorie Main putting orange and white tabby cat Arabella out through window

The Harvey Girls - Sonora Cassidy Marjorie Main putting orange and white tabby cat Arabella out through window animated gif

Final Mewsings: If you put a cat out, sometimes it decides to stay out permanently!

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


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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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Dozhdlivaya istoriya (1988)

English Title: A Rainy Story
Soyuzmultfilm
Directed by:
 Tayana Mititello

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

Synopsis: A beautiful Russian animated short about a baker and her cat and some extraordinary events which take place on a rainy day, all told without words.

Cartoon Cat: The gray, white and black tabby in the short belongs to a woman who owns a bakery in a small town. The cat enjoys the warmth and smells as the woman bakes bread.

A Rainy Story - cartoon gray white and black tabby cat

Eventually the cat gets in the way, accidentally splashing water on the dough, so the woman puts him outside.

A Rainy Story - cartoon gray white and black tabby cat being pulled away from bread

A Rainy Story - cartoon gray white and black tabby cat sitting outside in the rain

The cat tries to catch some fish and falls into the water, coming back to the bakery soaked.

A Rainy Story - cartoon gray white and black tabby cat pawing at water

A Rainy Story - cartoon gray white and black tabby cat dripping wet

The woman towels off the cold and wet cat, feeding him some dough and setting him by the fire to warm. She then leaves on errands.

A Rainy Story - cartoon gray white and black tabby cat being fed dough by woman

A Rainy Story - cartoon gray white and black tabby sleeping

Things take a surreal turn as the dough rises and hence the cat grows to enormous size! He even manages to scare a normal-sized cat.

A Rainy Story - giant cartoon gray white and black tabby cat breaking apart house

A Rainy Story - giant cartoon gray white and black tabby cat scaring black cat

A Rainy Story - giant cartoon gray white and black tabby cat scaring people in bus

Because the cat is so large and causing problems, the townfolk turn him away.

A Rainy Story - giant cartoon gray white and black tabby cat turned away by townspeople

Eventually the cat performs a heroic deed that wins him back into the town’s favor. But words really can’t do justice to this charming tale, one must really watch it for themselves.

A Rainy Story - giant cartoon gray white and black tabby cat blocking water

A Rainy Story - giant cartoon gray white and black tabby cat and woman with food and gifts

A Rainy Story - giant cartoon gray white and black tabby cat with black cat

Final Mewsings: Cats of all sizes deserve love!


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Chamber of Horrors (1966)

Chamber of Horrors poster

Warner Bros.
Starring:
 Patrick O’Neal, Wayne Rogers
Directed by: Hy Averback

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

Synopsis: A seriously demented killer named Cravatte (Patrick O’Neal) is on the loose with an obsession for women in wedding dresses.

Kitty Cameo: At the beginning of the film a tabby cat is sitting next to a player piano which is playing a roll of music.

Chamber of Horrors - tabby cat sitting on piano stool by player piano

The rolls gets to the end and rewinds. The cat seems unfazed by this sudden noise.

Chamber of Horrors - tabby cat sitting on piano stool by player piano

The piano is the background music for a wedding taking place betweem Cravatte and his murdered victim, performed at gunpoint by a very unwilling minister. The cat is watching this from the piano stool (note how the music roll changes positions between cuts).

Chamber of Horrors - tabby cat sitting on piano stool by player piano

Chamber of Horrors - tabby cat sitting on piano stool by player piano

Chamber of Horrors - tabby cat sitting on piano stool by player piano

Eventually the minister tells the police and Police Sgt. Jim Albertson (Wayne Rogers) arrives at the house to find the tabby cat sitting next to the dead women, whom Cravatte has laid out in her wedding dress.

Chamber of Horrors - tabby cat sitting next to body of dead woman on bed

Chamber of Horrors - tabby cat sitting next to body of dead woman on bed being checked by Police Sgt. Jim Albertson Wayne Rogers

The cat remains mostly aloof and sleepy-looking as Albertson does a quick check, only leaning over to sniff at the Sergeant’s hand once. In the end the Sergeant briefly touches the cat before the scene ends.

Chamber of Horrors - tabby cat sitting next to body of dead woman on bed being checked by Police Sgt. Jim Albertson Wayne Rogers

Chamber of Horrors - tabby cat sitting next to body of dead woman on bed being checked by Police Sgt. Jim Albertson Wayne Rogers

Final Mewsings: Cats are apparently bored by both murder and player pianos.

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


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The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)

The Spiderwick Chronicles poster

Paramount Pictures
Starring:
 Freddie Highmore, Sarah Bolger
Directed by: Mark Waters

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

Synopsis: The Grace family moves into the dilapidated mansion belonging to a relative where the children soon discover a secret world surrounds them.

Kitty Cameo: The children consist of an older sister named Mallory (Sarah Bolger) and two twin boys, Jared and Simon (both played by Freddie Highmore). Simon owns an orange tabby cat named Mr. Tibbs. The cat is first seen when the mother and Simon enter the house with Simon carrying the cat and assuring him that it’s okay.

The Spiderwick Chronicles - Simon Freddie Highmore holding orange tabby cat Tibbs in doorway

Jared soon discovers a secret room with a book belonging to the former resident named Spiderwick. After a scare, Jared rushes into his bedroom and awakens his brother. Mr. Tibbs is sleeping on the bed and doesn’t move at all. It would appear a stuffed cat was used during these scenes.

The Spiderwick Chronicles - orange tabby cat Tibbs sleeping on Simon's bed as Jared Freddie Highmore tries to wake him up

The Spiderwick Chronicles - orange tabby cat Tibbs still sleeping on Simon's bed as Jared Freddie Highmore walks away

This theory plays out when the boys later hear their sister screaming and Simon sits upright in bed suddenly yet Mr. Tibbs still doesn’t move!

The Spiderwick Chronicles - orange tabby cat Tibbs sleeping on Simon's bed as Simon Freddie Highmore sits up quickly

Later Jared and his sister are fighting and come down the stairs. Simon is holding Mr. Tibbs and they both looks up.

The Spiderwick Chronicles - orange tabby cat Tibbs with Simon Freddie Highmore on chair

As the plot progresses and things become difficult, Jared learns some distressing news. As he does, his sister and brother stand by sympathetically. Simon picks up Mr. Tibbs from the table.

The Spiderwick Chronicles - orange tabby cat Tibbs held by Simon Freddie Highmore behind Mallory Sarah Bolger

The Spiderwick Chronicles - orange tabby cat Tibbs held by Simon Freddie Highmore behind Mallory Sarah Bolger

Knowing that they have to locate Spiderwick, Jared notices Mr. Tibbs and it gives him an idea.

The Spiderwick Chronicles - closer of orange tabby cat Tibbs held by Simon

Oddly enough in the close up shot Mr. Tibbs has a very distinguishing brown mark on his nose, but in other scenes with the cat this mark is not there. Mr. Tibbs is not seen again throughout the film.

The Spiderwick Chronicles - orange tabby cat Tibbs held by Simon Freddie Highmore with Jared and Mallory Sarah Bolger

The Spiderwick Chronicles - orange tabby cat Tibbs held by Simon Freddie Highmore with Jared and Mallory Sarah Bolger

The Spiderwick Chronicles - orange tabby cat Tibbs held by Simon Freddie Highmore with Jared and Mallory Sarah Bolger

Final Mewsings: Cat actors appreciate good continuity.

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


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