Category Archives: White Cat

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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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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Little Women (1994)

Little Women poster

Columbia Pictures Corporation
Starring:
 Winona Ryder, Claire Danes
Directed by: Gillian Armstrong

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

Synopsis: Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott. The March sisters come of age while awaiting the return of their father who is fighting in the American Civil War.

Kitty Cameos: A female tabby cat lives in the March home and is first seen sitting on the desk beside Jo (Winona Ryder) as she writes her stories late at night.

Little Women - tabby cat sitting next to Jo Winona Ryder as she writes

Little Women - tabby cat sitting next to Jo Winona Ryder as she writes

Later in the film, Jo and her sister Beth (Claire Danes) are bringing logs to the woodpile outside the house. Some kittens are sitting on the pile and as the girls finish they gather the kittens and take them inside. Presumably the kittens are those of the mother tabby cat.

Little Women - Jo Winona Ryder and Beth Claire Danes at the woodpile with kittens

Little Women - Jo Winona Ryder and Beth Claire Danes at the woodpile with kittens

Little Women - Beth Claire Danes holding white and Siamese kittens

Little Women - Beth Claire Danes with white kitten over shoulder

Little Women - Beth Claire Danes walking indoors with white kitten over shoulder

The tabby cat is next seen wearing a bonnet as the March sisters enact a play. The cat is playing the part of the Countess de Montanescu. According to the director the human actresses enjoyed filming this play-acting scene but the cat actor wasn’t as thrilled.

Little Women - tabby cat in bonnet close up

Little Women - Jo Winona Ryder and Meg Trini Alvarado play acting with tabby cat in bonnet

Little Women - Meg Trini Alvarado holding up tabby cat in bonnet

The tabby cat and her kittens return in a later scene when the girls are gathered around Amy in her bed, playing with and petting the kittens. The mother cat is sitting nearby in a separate shot.

Little Women - Beth Claire Danes with tabby cat nearby

Little Women - girls in bed with kittens

Little Women - girls in bed with kittens

Little Women - girls in bed with kittens

Final Mewsings: Little women love little kittens.


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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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