Category Archives: White Cat

West of Memphis (2012)

West of Memphis poster

WingNut Films
Directed by:
 Amy Berg

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

Synopsis: Compelling documentary about the conviction of three teenaged boys in the murders of three younger boys which came into question years later when new evidence came to light.

Reality Cat: During footage of the newly released Damien Echols in New York, he is seen picking up and petting a long-haired white cat in a shop.

West of Memphis - Damien Echols holding long-haired white cat in New York shop

West of Memphis - Damien Echols holding long-haired white cat in New York shop

Final Mewsings: Cats are happy when justice is done.


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Next of Kin (1989)

Next of Kin poster

Lorimar Film Entertainment
Starring:
 Patrick Swayze, Liam Neeson
Directed by: John Irvin

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

Synopsis: Chicago police officer Truman Gates (Patrick Swayze) finds himself reacquainted with his hillbilly roots when one brother is murdered and his other brother Briar (Liam Neeson) arrives to seek justice.

Kitty Cameos: After his brother’s death, Truman travels to the hills for the funeral. Outside his family’s home, a white cat is seen walking down the steps, pausing to look at the dog lying there.

Next of Kin - white cat walking down steps outside wooden house and looking at dog

Next of Kin - white cat walking down steps outside wooden house and looking at dog

Later in the film Briar breaks into a vending machine rental company looking for the men who killed his brother. A gray tuxedo cat is lying on the floor inside the door and remains there, seemingly more interested in what’s on the other side of the doorway than the man breaking in.

Next of Kin - gray and white tuxedo cat looking at door

Next of Kin - gray and white tuxedo cat looking at doorway as Briar Liam Neeson sneaks by

Next of Kin - gray and white tuxedo cat looking at doorway as Briar Liam Neeson walks away

This same cat is seen some time later on a security monitor as the bad guys track Briar’s progress into the building.

Next of Kin - gray and white tuxedo cat on security camera monitor

Next of Kin - gray and white tuxedo cat on security camera monitor

Final Mewsings: And hence the cat was never able to obtain another security guard job.


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Take Her, She’s Mine (1963)

Take Her, She's Mine DVD

Twentieth Century Fox
Starring:
 Jimmy Stewart, Sandra Dee, Audrey Meadows
Directed by: Henry Koster

Synopsis: Frank Michaelson (Jimmy Stewart) is called upon by the school-board for which he works to explain a series of scandalous newspaper articles in which he is featured. He explains to the board, by means of flashbacks, how each of the incidents is tied in to his attempts to protect his college-aged daughter, Mollie (Sandra Dee,) which ultimately led him into the series of wacky misadventures.

Kitty Cameo: This is a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it appearance. When Frank Michaelson finds out his daughter, Mollie, plans to go to Paris on an art scholarship, he imagines several different worrisome scenarios, one of which includes his daughter being romanced by a slick-looking Frenchman who is kissing her up and down her arm while she looks bored. And for some reason she has a small white kitten sitting on top of her head! It’s possible the kitten could be a reference to Fellini’s film La Dolce Vita in which an American actress walked the streets of Rome with a white kitten on her head.

Take Her, She's Mine

Final Mewsings: Kittens are all the rage for women being seduced in Paris this year.


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The Cat From Outer Space (1978)

The Cat From Outer Space DVD

Walt Disney Productions
Starring:
 Ken Berry, Sandy Duncan, Harry Morgan, McLean Stevenson, Roddy McDowell, Ronnie Schell
Directed by: Norman Tokar

Synopsis: A space ship makes an emergency landing on Earth.  The occupant, a cat from another planet, has only a short amount of time to make repairs and rendezvous with the mother ship, but his craft is taken by the military, under the orders of General Stilton (Harry Morgan) to a Army scientific research compound. The cat, named Jake (voiced by Ronnie Schell), decides to trust a scientist named Frank (Ken Berry) who comes the closest to understanding the truth behind the ship’s propulsion engine. Along the way they also need to trust fellow scientists Link (McLean Stevenson) and Liz (Sandy Duncan) who help them overcome some daunting obstacles. And just to make matters even worse, a spy named Mr. Stallwood is spying on them and reports back to his boss, Mr. Olympus (William Prince) who wants Jake’s collar, the source of his powers.

Cinema Cats: Zunar-J-5/9 Doric-4-7 (aka Jake) was reportedly played by two Abyssinian cats, a male and a female. There is also a white Persian cat which played the part of Lucybelle, Liz’s cat and Jake’s love interest. This film was undoubtedly an attempt to cash in on the space themed megahits of the time (i.e. Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind.) While Jake is a pleasure to watch, the special effects leave a lot to be desired (with the wires showing clearly both on Jake’s collar when it glows and on the actors when they are “levitating”, not to mention the obviously stuffed cats used in parts of the plane sequence.) There is also a scene where Jake is accidentally sedated and one questions whether or not this was done to the actual cat actor for the subsequent scenes in which he remains asleep even when carried around. Sadly the overall film falls far short of the usual classic Disney standards (particularly with the lack of any notable musical score.)

The Cat From Outer Space

Final Mewsings: There is intelligent life in space … and on Earth. And it’s not humans.


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Walk on the Wild Side (1962)

Walk on the Wild Side DVD

Famous Artists Productions
Starring:
 Barbara Stanwyck, Jane Fonda, Laurence Harvey, Anne Baxter, Capucine
Directed by: Edward Dmytryk

Synopsis: Based on the novel by Nelson Algren, the story begins in Texas when Dove Longhorn (Laurence Harvey) comes across the wild and impetuous Kitty (Jane Fonda) on the road. Together they end up in New Orleans and become involved with a bordello run by Jo Courtney (Barbara Stanwyck) when Dove traces his true love, Hallie Gerard (Capucine) there after searching for her for three years. Kitty eventually is lured into also working at the bordello and Dove learns the hard way that Jo has no intention of letting any of her girls walk away from her establishment.

Cat Burglars (Scene Stealers): This film contains one of the most memorable and iconic opening credits in all of film, created by the fabulous Saul Bass. While cats do not come into play in the story itself (despite one of the main settings being a “cat” house) the black cat which walks through the opening and end credits to the tune of Elmer Bernstein’s incredible music is pure genius. At one point during the opening credits the black cat gets into a fight with a white cat. It’s not clear how this was achieved or whether or not it would be allowed with the ASPCA overseeing production … it would likely be created with CGI now. Despite this, it is still a fascinating sequence. There is also a quick Kitty Cameo when Dove Linkhorn is being beaten by Jo’s men, Kitty Twist (who is in part responsible, having told on Dove) watches from the balcony above as she holds a cat, which she eventually sets down.

Walk on the Wild Side

Final Mewsings: Saul Bass credits = fabulous! Saul Bass credits with cats = even better!


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