Category Archives: White Cat

Alphabet Antics (1951)

Castle Films

Synopsis: An educational film in which various film clips are shown to demonstrate a word starting with each letter of the alphabet.

Featured Felines: The word for C is cat, of course, but what’s weird is the footage shown is of cats dressed in various outfits. A grey cat seems to be the one who shows up in the most outfits.

Alphabet Antics - grey cat dressed as bride with letter C

Alphabet Antics - grey cat dressed as queen

Alphabet Antics - closer shot of grey cat dressed as bride

Alphabet Antics - grey cat dressed as fairy princess

The narrator explains: “C is for cat, cute little cat, the cutest little kittens ever seen; A cat can wear a funny hat, a cat can dress up like a little queen. There’s Tom cats and Sally cats, pussy cats and alley cats, with silky tails and nice soft paws, there’s even a cat like Santa Claus.”

Alphabet Antics - calico kitten peeking around corner

Alphabet Antics - white Angora cat dressed as Santa Claus

This short film was famously roasted on an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Alphabet Antics - white Persian cat

Final Mewsings: If cats could read and write they would sue the people who dress them in clothes.


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Now and Then (1995)

Now and Then poster

New Line Cinema
Starring:
 Thora Birch, Cloris Leachman
Directed by: Lesli Linka Glatter

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

Synopsis: A group of female friends get together and recall the summer of 1970 which changed their lives.

Kitty Cameos: One of the girls is named Teeny (Thora Birch). She is an only child who is mostly ignored by her parents. She owns a white cat whose name is never mentioned.

Now and Then - Teeny Thora Birch sitting in front of mirror with white cat

The cat is seen several times, once in bed with Teeny.

Now and Then - Teeny Thora Birch lying in bed with white cat

And again as the camera pans from a party Teeny’s parents are throwing downstairs past Teeny’s bedroom window where the cat is sitting before continuing up to the roof where Teeny is sitting.

Now and Then - white cat sitting on window pane

Later in the film the girls go to visit Samantha’s Grandma Albertson (Cloris Leachman). When she greets them at the door she is clumsily carrying a ginger cat under her arm. She awkwardly drops the cat outside before going back in.

Now and Then - Grandma Albertson Cloris Leachman coming to greet girls at door with orange tabby cat

Now and Then - Grandma Albertson Cloris Leachman coming to greet girls at door with orange tabby cat

Now and Then - Grandma Albertson Cloris Leachman coming to greet girls at door with orange tabby cat

And finally while the girls are searching Grandma Albertson’s attic a picture is seen of a man holding a black cat.

Now and Then - photograph of elderly man holding black cat

The animal actors were provided by Birds and Animals, Unlimited with Mark A. Echevarria listed as wrangler.

Now and Then - white cat sitting on window pane

Final Mewsings: Cats are a big part of our lives and memories.

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


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Hawaii Five-0 – “He kama na ka pueo”

Hawaii Five-0 Season 9

Original Air Date: April 12, 2019
Starring: Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan
Also Starring: Lili, Ghost
Directed by: Jerry Levine

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

Synopsis: McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Danno (Scott Caan) investigate a mysterious death while also trying to find a home for Mr. Pickles the cat.

Featured Feline: The episode begins with McGarrett and Danno attending the reading of the will of a rich woman whose apartment they previously used for a stakeout (see episode Kuka’awale). There they meet Ricky Schiff (Charlie Saxton), the shiftless dude they met during the stakeout who was hired to take care of the woman’s precious white Angora cat, Mr. Pickles. As it turns out, the woman has left her priceless glass cat collection to the officers while Ricky is given custody of Mr. Pickles.

Hawaii Five-0 - He kama na ka pueo - Mr. Pickles cat in carrier with Ricky Charlie Saxton

Because Ricky is currently on probation, the lawyer suggests a new home be found for Mr. Pickles. McGarrett, who likes cats, points out that he has a dog named Eddie that doesn’t play well with small animals. Danno, who insists he hates cats, does not want Mr. Pickles. They end up driving both Ricky and Mr. Pickles back to their headquarters where Ricky is given the job of finding Mr. Pickles a permanent home by the end of the day.

Hawaii Five-0 - He kama na ka pueo - Mr. Pickles cat in carrier in car with McGarrett Alex O'Loughlin and Danno Scott Caan

Hawaii Five-0 - He kama na ka pueo - Mr. Pickles cat being held by McGarrett Alex O'Loughlin

McGarret and Danno are not impressed with the first ad Ricky designs for the internet.

Hawaii Five-0 - He kama na ka pueo - Mr. Pickles cat with scary red eyes in internet ad

Ricky tries to get involved in the latest case but is quickly shot down.

Hawaii Five-0 - He kama na ka pueo - Mr. Pickles cat held by Ricky Charlie Saxton with McGarrett Alex O'Loughlin and Danno Scott Caan

Hawaii Five-0 - He kama na ka pueo - Mr. Pickles cat on desk with Ricky Charlie Saxton

Later Ricky accuses Dano of being a secret cat lover, but Danno adamantly denies it.

Hawaii Five-0 - He kama na ka pueo - Mr. Pickles cat being petted by Danno Scott Caan

Hawaii Five-0 - He kama na ka pueo - Mr. Pickles cat being held by Ricky Charlie Saxton

Hawaii Five-0 - He kama na ka pueo - Mr. Pickles cat being held by Ricky Charlie Saxton closer shot

In the end when no home can be found, McGarrett ends up taking Mr. Pickles home where he seems to be getting along fairly well with the dog Eddie. It isn’t until the last seconds of the show that we are told (rather than see) that Mr. Pickles is heading to Eddie’s food bowl. McGarrett has to leap from the couch to try to catch the dog while the cat screeches offscreen and Danno cringes.

Hawaii Five-0 - He kama na ka pueo - Mr. Pickles cat on floor looking at dog Eddie

Hawaii Five-0 - He kama na ka pueo - Mr. Pickles cat on floor looking at dog Eddie

We believe that cat actors Liy and Ghost, trained by Sue Chipperton of Check the Gate, a Hawaiian-based company for animal actors, reprised their roles for this episode.

Hawaii Five-0 - He kama na ka pueo - Mr. Pickles cat being held by Ricky Charlie Saxton closer shot

Final Mewsings: Make sure to provide for your animals in your will!


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Cat Show (1948)

British Pathé

Synopsis: Unused and unissued newsreel footage of a cat show at Shepherd’s Bush, London.

Reality Cats: The newsreel begins with a couple of takes of two women, Irene Ashton and Diana Morrison, looking into a basket to find some Siamese kittens.

Cat Show 1948 - Irene Ashton and Diana Morrison looking into basket of Siamese kittens

Cat Show 1948 - little girl looking at Siamese kitten in cage

Cat Show 1948 - Siamese kittens inside cage

Cat Show 1948 - kitten sitting on woman's shoulder

Several shots of the show cats are then seen. What’s interesting about this footage is it gives you an idea of how these segments were shot, with an interesting variety of sounds being made to get the cats to look up for the cameras.

Cat Show 1948 - close up of white Persian cat

Cat Show 1948 - extreme close up of black Persian cat

Cat Show 1948 - close up of gray Persian cat

Cat Show 1948 - close up of Siamese cat

Final Mewsings: Cats must wonder why people make such weird noises when cameras are around.


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Beethoven (1992)

Beethoven poster

Universal Pictures
Starring:
 Charles Grodin, Dean Jones
Directed by: Brian Levant

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

Synopsis: A large St. Bernard named Beethoven adopts the Newton family but also catches the attention of an unscrupulous veterinarian.

Kitty Cameo: As a puppy, Beethoven escapes from some dognappers who work for the evil vet and finds himself wandering the streets. As he passes a picket fence a white cat is sitting out of view.

Beethoven - white cat sitting by fence as St. Bernard puppy Beethoven approaches

Beethoven - white cat sitting by fence as St. Bernard puppy Beethoven approaches

As the puppy rounds the corner the white cat hisses and then swipes at the puppy, causing him to scurry away.

Beethoven - white cat sitting on front walk of house

Beethoven - white cat hissing on front walk of house

This action was achieved by the dog actor being led toward the cat actor, who was held in place by a tie down, causing the cat to react and hiss.

Beethoven - white cat sitting on front walk of house closer

Beethoven - white cat hissing on front walk of house

Beethoven - white cat hissing on front walk of house at St. Bernard puppy Beethoven animated gif

Purr Blur:  Later in the film a woman is sitting with a Siamese cat in a carrier in the evil veterinarian’s office.

Beethoven - woman sitting in waiting room with Siamese cat in carrier

Final Mewsings: Cats aren’t fans of movies starring dogs.


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