Category Archives: Tabby

Madcap Ambrose (1916)

Keystone Film Company
Starring:
 Mack Swain, Polly Moran
Directed by: Fred Fishback

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

Synopsis: Ambrose (Mack Swain) is a strong but gentle giant who lives in a boarding house run by his mother (Mai Wells) and who attracts the admiration of the maid Rosie Bloom (Polly Moran).

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): While Ambrose is grabbing a bite to eat in the kitchen, something falls on his head and breaks. He looks up to see a tiny tabby kitten on a shelf above.

Madcap Ambrose - tabby kitten sitting on shelf

Madcap Ambrose - tabby kitten knocks something off shelf onto Ambrose Mack Swain head animated gif

Ambrose isn’t even mad. He takes down the kitten and cuddles with it.

Madcap Ambrose - Ambrose Mack Swain cuddling tiny tabby kitten

Ambrose then places the kitten in the dish which held mashed potatoes and the kitten settles right in (by means of reverse footage). Ambrose giggles like a child as he places the lid on top.

Madcap Ambrose - Ambrose Mack Swain placing tiny tabby kitten into dish

Madcap Ambrose - tiny tabby kitten sitting in dish

Madcap Ambrose - tiny tabby kitten lying in dish

Madcap Ambrose - tabby kitten being placed inside dish by Ambrose Mack Swain animated gif

Madcap Ambrose - Ambrose Mack Swain placing lid on dish containing tiny tabby kitten

Rosie then takes the dish into the dining room where the boarders are surprised to see the kitten emerging!

Madcap Ambrose - tiny tabby kitten poking nose out of covered dish

Madcap Ambrose - tiny tabby kitten sitting up in dish

Madcap Ambrose - table of boarders surprised at tiny tabby kitten

Madcap Ambrose - table of boarders surprised at tiny tabby kitten emerging from covered dish animated gif

Madcap Ambrose - tiny tabby kitten sitting in dish

Madcap Ambrose - tiny tabby kitten eating from plate on table where boarders are surprised

Rosie takes the kitten to a table nearby and serenades to the tiny animal while playing an accordian.

Madcap Ambrose - Rosie Polly Moran playing accordian and serenading tiny tabby kitten

Madcap Ambrose - tiny tabby kitten sitting on table

Madcap Ambrose - Rosie Polly Moran petting tiny tabby kitten

Madcap Ambrose - Rosie Polly Moran playing accordian and serenading tiny tabby kitten animated gif

The kitten remains on the table as a fight breaks out over at the dining room.

Madcap Ambrose - Rosie Polly Moran looks shocked with tiny tabby kitten on table behind

One of the boarders stumbles over to Rosie and takes it hat off, accidentally placing it over the kitten on the table. When he picks up his hat, he picks up the kitten as well and places it on his head. He is surprised when the kitten starts to slip down his neck. Rosie rescues the kitten from the precarious predicament.

Madcap Ambrose - man taking off hat with Rosie Polly Moran and tiny tabby kitten on table behind

Madcap Ambrose - man wearing hat with tiny tabby cat tail sticking out the back surprising Rosie Polly Moran

Madcap Ambrose - Rosie Polly Moran holding tiny tabby kitten next to man with hat

Madcap Ambrose - man wearing hat with tiny tabby cat tail sticking out the back surprising Rosie Polly Moran animated gif

The kitten then remains on the table as Rosie receives some good news and everyone gathers around.

Madcap Ambrose - Rosie Polly Moran opens letter with tiny tabby kitten on table behind

Madcap Ambrose - boarders gathered around Rosie Polly with tiny tabby kitten on table behind

The Mack Sennett Studios appreciated the value of including animals in their films, having launched the career of one of the first Cinema Cats, Pepper, some years before. The name of this tiny tabby actor is unknown to us at this time.

Final Mewsings: Kittens prefer warm dishes to accordian music.


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The Slumber Party Massacre (1982)

Slumber Party Massacre poster

Santa Fe Productions
Starring:
 Michelle Michaels, Robin Stille
Directed by: Amy Jones

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

Synopsis: A group of high school girls find themselves the target of a driller killer during a slumber party.

Kitty Cameos: The girls all play on the school’s basketball team and the new girl, Valerie (Robin Stille) proves to be a good player, which causes her to be shunned by some of the other girls. Valerie’s neighbor, Trish (Michelle Michaels), wants to invite Valerie to a party at her house while her parents are away, but a stuck-up girl named Diane (Gina Smika Hunter) is against it. As Valerie arrives home there is a tabby and white cat on her front walk.

Slumber Party Massacre - tabby and white cat waiting on path as Valerie Robin Stille approaches

Slumber Party Massacre - tabby and white cat waiting on path as Valerie Robin Stille approaches

Amazingly enough, Valerie walks right by the cat and doesn’t even give it a second look, even though the cat looks like it is hoping for attention.

Slumber Party Massacre - tabby and white cat waiting on path as Valerie Robin Stille passes

The girls’ coach, Rachel (Pamela Roylance) arrives home and asks her friend Pam (Amy Aquino) if she’s seen her cat, but Pam says she hasn’t seen the cat all day. Later that evening Rachel is home alone when she hears a noise. She slowly approaches a closed closet and opens the door. Immediately a gray and white tabby cat named Muffin flies out of the closet in true spring-loaded cat fashion and scares her. Rachel chases Muffin down the hall, apologizing.

Slumber Party Massacre - gray and white tabby cat Muffin jumping out from closet

Slumber Party Massacre - gray and white tabby cat Muffin jumping out from closet

Slumber Party Massacre - gray and white tabby cat Muffin jumping out from closet and scaring Coach Rachel Jana Pamela Roylance animated gif

Slumber Party Massacre - gray and white tabby cat Muffin running away down hall

Slumber Party Massacre - gray and white tabby cat Muffin picked up by Coach Rachel Jana Pamela Roylance in hall

Still later Valerie is home alone with her little sister, Courtney (Jennifer Meyers). A little orange and white tabby kitten is drinking milk from a dish behind them. The cat is next seen on the floor nearby as Courtney goes upstairs.

Slumber Party Massacre - orange and white tabby kitten on table drinking milk behind Valerie Robin Stille and Courtney Jennifer Meyers

Slumber Party Massacre - orange and white tabby kitten floor as Courtney Jennifer Meyers gets up

Later Valerie and Courtney go outside after hearing some noises to see if the girls at the party next door are okay. When they return home, the orange and white kitten runs down the path after them.

Slumber Party Massacre - orange and white tabby kitten chasing Valerie Robin Stille and Courtney Jennifer Meyers down path

Slumber Party Massacre - orange and white tabby kitten chasing Valerie Robin Stille and Courtney Jennifer Meyers down path

Final Mewsings: Funny how we apologize to cats for them scaring us!

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


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Let Him Have It (1991)

Let Him Have It poster

British Screen Productions
Starring:
 Christopher Eccleston, Tom Courtenay
Directed by: Peter Medak

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

Synopsis: The true story of Derek Bentley (Christopher Eccleston), a slow-witted young man who fell in with a bad crowd and ended up on trial for murder.

Cat Cattle Call: The Bentley family lives in a small two-story home which is also the residence of numerous animals, including dogs, chickens, a turtle and at least three cats. Two of the cats are first seen in Derek’s smoke-filled bedroom along his sister Iris (Clare Holman) and some of the other animals.

Let Him Have It - two cats in smoke-filled room with Derek Christopher Eccleston Iris Clare Holman dogs chickens and turtle

Later a tabby cat is sitting on the back of a couch when Derek’s father (Tom Courtenay) enters.

Let Him Have It - tabby cat on back of couch with dog and Mr. Bentley Tom Courtenay

Derek surprises his father with a present that turns out to be stolen. All three cats are there during this scene in which Derek’s mother (Eileen Atkins) is also present.

Let Him Have It - tuxedo cat on Mrs. Bentley's Eileen Atkins lap with tabby cat nearby

Let Him Have It - tuxedo cat on Mrs. Bentley's Eileen Atkins lap with tabby cat and tuxedo cat nearby and Mr. Bentley Tom Courtenay

Let Him Have It - tuxedo cat on back of couch and tabby cat on arm of couch with Mrs. Bentley's Eileen Atkins

Finally two of the cats are seen in the final moments with the Bentley family in their living room.

Let Him Have It - tuxedo and tabby cat on couch in overhead shot of Bentley's hugging in living room

Let Him Have It - tabby cat on back of couch in shot of Bentley's hugging in living room

Final Mewsings: Sometimes it’s better to just stay home with your cats.

Many thanks to Nick Wale for letting us know about the cats in this movie!


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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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Mr. Love (1985)

Mr. Love poster

Enigma Productions
Starring:
 Barry Jackson, Maurice Denham
Directed by: Roy Battersby

Synopsis: Donald Lovelace (Barry Jackson) is a soft-spoken public park gardener who earns a reputation for being able to please women.

Kitty Cameo: In additional to caring for the grounds of the park, Mr. Lovelace also cares for various animals. In one scene he is taking a tabby cat out of a cage.

Mr. Love - Donald Lovelace Barry Jackson removing tabby cat wearing bandage from cage

Mr. Love - Donald Lovelace Barry Jackson removing tabby cat wearing bandage from cage

The cat has a bandage around its neck, indicating it has been hurt and Mr. Lovelace is caring for it. He handles the cat very gently.

Mr. Love - Donald Lovelace Barry Jackson holding tabby cat wearing bandage

Mr. Love - Donald Lovelace Barry Jackson holding tabby cat wearing bandage

Mr. Lovelace then places the cat in the arms of his friend Theo (Maurice Denham).

Mr. Love - Theo Maurice Denham holding tabby cat on lap

The cat must be feeling better, as it jumps down moments later and is not seen again.

Mr. Love - tabby cat jumping down in background

Mr. Love - tabby cat walking on ground in background

Final Mewsings: Men who can please women and cats are keepers.


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