Category Archives: Long-Haired

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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Kvinnors väntan (1952)

Secrets of Women poster

English Title: Waiting Women
Also Known As: Secrets of Women
Svensk Filmindustri (SF)
Starring:
 Maj-Britt Nilsson, Anita Björk
Directed by: Ingmar Bergman

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

Synopsis: Three sisters-in-law share stories about the relationships with their husbands while waiting for the men to arrive at a secluded cabin retreat.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): The second of the three stories told is that of Marta (Maj-Britt Nilsson) who explains how she became pregnant by an artist named Martin (Birger Malmsten) who found himself suddenly having to quit painting and join the family business. Marta keeps the pregnancy secret and has the baby alone. As she wakes up one day towards the end of her expectancy in her parents’ apartment, she walks into the bathroom to splash some water on herself to cool off. A small, dark cat is sitting in the hallway as she approaches.

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten in hallway as Marta Maj-Britt Nilsson approaches

She stops to lean down and push the cat aside, not roughly but still the kitten wasn’t really in her way. She then continues to the bathroom.

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten in hallway pushed aside as Marta Maj-Britt Nilsson passes

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten in hallway watching Marta Maj-Britt Nilsson walk into other room

The cat is later seen in the middle of the living room as Marta looks out a window.

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten in living room with Marta Maj-Britt Nilsson at window

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten in living room with Marta Maj-Britt Nilsson at window

The kitten is next on a mantel as Marta makes a phone call, watching as she hangs up the receiver.

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten on mantel

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten on mantel as hand reaches to hang up phone

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten on mantel as hand reaches to hang up phone

As Marta prepares to walk to the hospital, she stops in front of a mirror. The kitten is in her bag!

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten in bag with Marta Maj-Britt Nilsson

Marta takes the kitten to the hospital with her and is petting it in the waiting room.

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten being petted by Marta Maj-Britt Nilsson in hospital waiting room

When Marta is finally seen by a nurse, the woman is surprised to see the cat. But she simply asks a younger nurse to take the kitten from Marta. This is done very kindly and gently, but the kitten is not seen again even after Marta gives birth.

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten in Marta Maj-Britt Nilsson bag in admission area of hospital with nurses

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten in Marta Maj-Britt Nilsson bag in admission area of hospital with nurses

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten being taken from Marta Maj-Britt Nilsson by nurse in admission area of hospital

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten being taken from Marta Maj-Britt Nilsson by nurse in admission area of hospital

Final Mewsings: Why would anyone trade in a cat for a baby?


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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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Shine (1996)

Shine poster

South Australian Film Corporation
Starring:
 Geoffrey Rush, Noah Taylor
Directed by: Scott Hicks

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

Synopsis: The biopic of pianist David Helfgott (Geoffrey Rush) who suffered a nervous breakdown and a potentially career ending battle with Schizoaffective disorder.

Kitty Cameos: David apparently liked cats and several are seen throughout the film. David (Noah Taylor) is seen reading in bed with a cat beside him while still living at home.

Shine - young David Helfgott Noah Taylor reading in bed with cat

In another scene David arrives home to find his father (Armin Mueller-Stahl) waiting up for him with a cat on his lap.

Shine - Mr. Helfgott Armin Mueller-Stahl in chair holding cat on lap

Shine - Mr. Helfgott Armin Mueller-Stahl starting to stand up from chair holding cat on lap

Later when David goes to music college, he shares his flat with a long-haired gray cat with white markings. The cat is seen sitting atop David’s piano as he plays.

Shine - gray and white long-haired cat on top of piano

Later they share a can of sardines.

Shine - gray and white long-haired cat with face in tin of sardines

Shine - college student David Helfgott Noah Taylor sharing tin of sardines with long-haired gray and white cat

Shine - college student David Helfgott Noah Taylor sharing tin of sardines with long-haired gray and white cat

Shine - college student David Helfgott Noah Taylor sharing tin of sardines with long-haired gray and white cat

Finally David is seen as an adult playing in a small apartment with another cat sitting on top of his piano.

Shine - adult David Helfgott Geoffrey Rush playing piano with cat sitting on top

Final Mewsings: Cats enjoy sardines and good music.


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Bull Durham (1988)

Bull Durham poster

Orion Pictures
Starring:
 Susan Sarandon, Kevin Costner
Directed by: Ron Shelton

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

Synopsis:  Flamboyant baseball fan Annie Savoy (Susan Sarandon) is torn between two choices of an affair with either clueless but talented rookie Ebby Laloosh (Tim Robbins) or his seasoned and underappreciated catcher Crash Davis (Kevin Costner).

Kitty Cameo: Annie owns a long-haired ginger tabby cat which is only seen briefly in the film. Under the opening credits, the cat is seen chasing across the lawn after Annie when she leaves her home.

Bull Durham - long-haired ginger cat sitting on lawn behind Annie Susan Sarandon

Bull Durham - long-haired ginger cat on lawn chasing after Annie Susan Sarandon under credits

Bull Durham - long-haired ginger cat on lawn chasing after Annie

Later in the film the cat is in bed with Annie and Crash, playing toe monster with the couple as Crash gets up in the morning.

Bull Durham - long-haired ginger cat on bed with Annie Susan Sarandon and Crash Kevin Costner

Bull Durham - long-haired ginger cat on bed with Annie Susan Sarandon and Crash Kevin Costner

Bull Durham - long-haired ginger cat on bed with Annie Susan Sarandon and Crash Kevin Costner

Bull Durham - long-haired ginger cat on bed with Annie Susan Sarandon and Crash Kevin Costner

The cat is only seen once more as Annie tries to clean up the mess in her kitchen. Annie pauses when she finds the butt of a joint and sits down to light it and relax.

Bull Durham - long-haired ginger cat on floor with Annie Susan Sarandon in kitchen

Bull Durham - long-haired ginger cat on floor with Annie Susan Sarandon in kitchen

Bull Durham - long-haired ginger cat on floor with Annie Susan Sarandon in kitchen

Final Mewsings: Cats worship at the altar of messy kitchens.

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


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