Category Archives: Long-Haired

Cat Lady (2017)

Music Artist: Madonnatron

Synopsis: The official surreal music video for Madonnatron’s song Cat Lady.

Kitty Cameo: Amongst all the imagery of the band pretending to be cats there is a storyline about a woman with an orange and white long-haired cat and a couple of stuffed boyfriends. The band’s intention was to represent a cat lady as something other than the lonely spinster or mad women but someone who has secrets they don’t wish to share.

Cat Lady - Madonnatron - orange and white long-haired cat being kissed by woman

Cat Lady - Madonnatron - orange and white long-haired cat on coach with woman dipping bread

Cat Lady - Madonnatron - orange and white long-haired cat with woman

Cat Lady - Madonnatron - orange and white long-haired cat with woman on couch

Final Mewsings: Maybe we should just leave being cats to cats.

Many thanks to Nick Wale for spotting the cat in this video.


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Premature Burial (1962)

Premature Burial poster

Roger Corman Productions
Starring:
 Ray Milland, Hazel Court
Directed by: Roger Corman

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

Synopsis: Based on the story by Edgar Allan Poe. Guy Carrell (Ray Milland) is so obsessed with the fear of being buried alive it impacts his whole life.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): In one scene Guy is home with his wife Emily (Hazel Court), sister Kate (Heather Angel), Miles Archer (Richard Ney) and Emily’s father Dr. Gault (Alan Napier). Suddenly Miles hears a cat crying out. He becomes concerned and the others start to look for her. They soon realize she is trapped behind the wall. Miles manages to push back a panel and retrieve the fluffy long-haired tabby kitten.

Premature Burial - long-haired tabby kitten being pulled from wall

Premature Burial - Emily Hazel Court holding long-haired tabby kitten on shoulder with Miles Richard Ney

Premature Burial - Emily Hazel Court holding long-haired tabby kitten on shoulder with Miles Richard Ney

Premature Burial - Emily Hazel Court holding up long-haired tabby kitten with Miles Richard Ney

All of this has an adverse reaction on Guy who points out the possibility of what would have happened if they hadn’t heard the kitten. This coincides with his fear of being buried alive.

Premature Burial - Emily Hazel Court holding up long-haired tabby kitten with Guy Ray Milland, Miles Richard Ney, Kate Heather Angel and Dr. Gault Alan Napier

Premature Burial - Emily Hazel Court holding up long-haired tabby kitten with Guy Ray Milland, Miles Richard Ney, Kate Heather Angel and Dr. Gault Alan Napier

Premature Burial - Emily Hazel Court holding up long-haired tabby kitten with Guy Ray Milland, Miles Richard Ney, Kate Heather Angel and Dr. Gault Alan Napier

Premature Burial - Emily Hazel Court holding up long-haired tabby kitten with Guy Ray Milland, Miles Richard Ney and Kate Heather Angel

Premature Burial - Emily Hazel Court holding up long-haired tabby kitten with Guy Ray Milland, Miles Richard Ney and Kate Heather Angel

Emily continues to hold the kitten throughout the scene in which Miles tries to convince Guy to visit the crypt where Guy believes his father had been buried alive. As they all head down to the crypt, Emily sets the cat aside on a chair.

Premature Burial - Emily Hazel Court carrying long-haired tabby kitten with Kate Heather Angel

Premature Burial - Emily Hazel Court carrying long-haired tabby kitten with Kate Heather Angel

Final Mewsings: The walls have ears … and paws and whiskers

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


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Madhouse (1990)

Madhouse poster

Orion Pictures
Starring:
 John Larroquette, Kirstie Alley
Directed by: Tom Ropelewski

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

Synopsis: Mark and Jessie Bannister (John Larroquette and Kirstie Alley) are a happy couple until houseguests descend upon them and turn their lives upside down.

Featured Feline: A cartoon cat is shown causing havoc during the opening credits (animated by Sally Cruikshank).

Madhouse - orange animated cat from opening credits

Madhouse - orange animated cat from opening credits

Madhouse - orange animated cat from opening credits

The first couple to arrive at the Bannister household is Cousin Fred (John Diehl) and his wife Bernice (Jessica Lundy) and they bring with them a long-haired gray cat named Scruffy Bannister. Scruffy arrives in a carrier on the luggage carousel and when he is introduced to Mark and Jessie he reaches through the mesh of the cage and scratches at Jessie, leaving her sleeve in tatters.

Madhouse - long-haired gray cat Scruffy reaching through wires of carrier

Things get worse on the drive home when Bernice takes Scruffy out of his carrier in the car and notes he doesn’t look to well. Moments later the cat is throwing up all over everyone. This is achieved with a fake cat puppet spewing crap. Yeah, it’s that kind of movie.

Madhouse - long-haired gray cat Scruffy in lap of Bernice Jessica Lundy in car with Fred John Diehl

Madhouse - fake long-haired gray cat Scruffy about to throw up in car with Mark John Larroquette, Jessie Kirstie Alley, Fred John Diehl and Bernice Jessica Lundy

When they arrive at the house, Bernice sets Scruffy down and Jessie goes to clean up. Scruffy eyes the Bannister’s fish tank.

Madhouse - long-haired gray cat Scruffy carried into house by Bernice Jessica Lundy and Fred John Diehl

On Day Two Scruffy enters the room where Mark is sleeping (having lost the bedroom to the guests). Scruffy jumps over him and plays with the cord of a lamp, bringing it down on Mark’s head. Mark chases Scruffy through the house but the cat eludes him.

Madhouse - long-haired gray cat Scruffy on bed with Mark John Larroquette

Madhouse - long-haired gray cat Scruffy playing with lamp cord

Madhouse - long-haired gray cat Scruffy running out of room and away from Mark John Larroquette

Kitty Carnage Warning Number One!  On Day Four Bernice screams as she spots Scruffy drowned in the fish tank with a fish in his mouth. A funeral is held and the cat is buried in the back yard.

Madhouse - fake long-haired gray cat Scruffy drowned in fish tank

Later that night Jessie hears some noises in the kitchen. When she goes down the window screen has been broken, there are shattered potted plants in the sink and, lo and behold, Scruffy jumps down from a cabinet! The cat is not dead! Bernice comes down and sees the cat and hugs him, apologizing for burying him alive.

Madhouse - close up of long-haired gray cat Scruffy with glowing eyes

Madhouse - dirty long-haired gray cat Scruffy sitting up with play toy and dirt on floor

Madhouse - Bernice Jessica Lundy hugging long-haired gray cat Scruffy

Kitty Carnage Warning Number Two!  On Day Five Jessie’s nephew Jonathan (Bradley Gregg) arrives and accidentally runs over Scruffy. Another funeral and on Day 10 Scruffy comes back again, this time stringing yarn all around Jessie.

Madhouse - long-haired gray cat Scruffy walking away from a mass of yarn

That night the guests (which are growing in number to include Jessie’s sister and the neighboring family whose house was burned down) are having dinner. The neighbor’s son, a juvenile delinquent named C.K. (Aeryk Egan) sees Scruffy on the table and asks if they got a new cat. When told Scruffy came back from the dead, C.K. becomes obsessed with killing the cat and burying it himself.

Madhouse - long-haired gray cat Scruffy on dinner table with C.K. Aeryk Egan and Jonathan Bradley Gregg

Kitty Carnage Warning Number Three!  On Day 27, C.K. places a firecracker under Scruffy’s food bowl while Scruffy is eating. The cat is blown up (not seen directly on screen) and buried for a third time. Moments later the cat is running away from the grave and C.K. takes chase with a baseball bat.

Madhouse - close up of long-haired gray cat Scruffy eating from bowl

Madhouse - dirty long-haired gray cat Scruffy running behind C.K. Aeryk Egan

Kitty Carnage Warning Number Four!  On Day 49 C.K. tries to stuff Scruffy into a microwave oven. Fortunately the cat manages to get away.

Madhouse - long-haired gray cat Scruffy being stuck in microwave by C.K. Aeryk Egan

Kitty Carnage Warning Number Five!  Later that night, Mark is trying to hide a package containing cocaine which Jonathan has been receiving through his office. The police arrive at the house on another matter and while Mark is talking to the police Scruffy finds the box and tears a little hole from the bottom, sniffing and licking up the spilled cocaine.

Madhouse - long-haired gray cat Scruffy approaching box wrapped in brown paper

Madhouse - long-haired gray cat Scruffy sniffing white powder from box wrapped in brown paper

Moments later the police are shocked to see Scruffy racing around madly in circles before keeling over dead yet again. This is all achieved by the use of a fake cat. They tag and bag Scruffy and take him to police headquarters.

Madhouse - fake long-haired gray cat Scruffy running madly around in circles

On the final day when Fred and Bernice are finally leaving, Scruffy suddenly appears still wearing the police tag. Bernice greets Scruffy with open arms but the cat passes her and jumps into the arms of Jessie.

Madhouse - ragged long-haired gray cat Scruffy approaching with tag on him

Madhouse - long-haired gray cat Scruffy in arms of Jessie Kirstie Alley with Mark John Larroquette

When Bernice tries to take Scruffy, he scratches at her and tatters her sleeve. He has made his choice to stay with Mark and Jessie. Mark figures the cat has five lives left and is welcome to spend it with them.

Madhouse - long-haired gray cat Scruffy in arms of Jessie Kirstie Alley with Mark John Larroquette

Scruffy the cat is such a notable character in the film that he is seen on the movie’s posters. Cathy McCallum was the cat trainer with Jackie Martin (Kaptan) as lead trainer for Animal Rentals. Yes, it’s another example of violence against cats being the basis of comedy (a not uncommon practice around this time) but at least the humor is meant to be broad and in the end Scruffy does survive!

Madhouse - close up of long-haired gray cat Scruffy

Final Mewsings: Cats are resilient!

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


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ER – “Chicago Heat”

ER Season One DVD

Original Air Date: October 20, 1994
Starring: Sherry Stringfield, John Terry
Directed by: Elodie Keene

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

Synopsis: A hot day in Chicago leads to a hectic time in the ER and personal difficulties for the doctors.

Kitty Cameo: In one scene Dr. Susan Lewis (Sherry Stringfield) is surprised when her ne’er do well sister Chloe (Kathleen Wilhoite) shows up begging her for a place to stay. Susan reluctantly hands over the keys to her apartment, telling Chloe not to let the cat out. When Susan returns to her apartment at the end of the day, she is unhappy to see the long-haired ginger cat, whom she appears to call Poopy, outside in the corridor.

ER - Chicago Heat - Susan Lewis Sherry Stringfield outside apartment with long haired ginger cat at feet

ER - Chicago Heat - Susan Lewis Sherry Stringfield outside apartment with long haired ginger cat in arms

Susan picks up the cat and enters the apartment only to find it in complete disarray with the television and VHS machine stolen. Susan sits down on her bed, stunned by the turn of events, when Div (John Terry) enters holding the cat. “The cat was out,” he explains before setting Poopy down and going to comfort Susan.

ER - Chicago Heat - Susan Lewis Sherry Stringfield on bed with Div John Terry entering carrying long haired ginger cat

ER - Chicago Heat - Susan Lewis Sherry Stringfield on bed with Div John Terry entering carrying long haired ginger cat

ER - Chicago Heat - Susan Lewis Sherry Stringfield on bed with Div John Terry setting down long haired ginger cat

Final Mewsings: People who let cats out should not be trusted.

Many thanks to Stevie Holcomb for letting us know about the cat in this episode!


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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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