Category Archives: Long-Haired

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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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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Beyond the Rocks (1922)

Beyond the Rocks poster

Famous Players-Lasky Corporation
Starring:
 Gloria Swanson, Rudolph Valentino
Directed by: Sam Wood

Synopsis: Theodora Fitzgerald (Gloria Swanson) marries a millionaire but then falls for a nobleman.

Purr Blur: In an early scene, Theodora’s two older half-sisters Clementine (Mary Foy) and Sarah (Adele Watson) are seen sitting in a room. Behind them sits a long haired cat which is preening.

Beyond the Rocks - long haired cat preening on table behind Clementine Mary Foy and Sarah Adele Watson

Beyond the Rocks - long haired cat preening on table behind Clementine Mary Foy and Sarah Adele Watson

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t get involved with family intrigue..


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Runaway Bride (1999)

Runaway Bride poster

Paramount Pictures
Starring:
 Richard Gere, Julia Roberts
Directed by: Garry Marshall

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

Synopsis: Maggie Carpenter (Julia Roberts) is an independent woman with a habit of ditching men at the altar, which brings her to the attention of reporter Ike Graham (Richard Gere).

Featured Feline: Ike owns a multi-colored long-haired cat named Italics. Italics is first seen sitting next to his food bowl waiting to be fed in Ike’s apartment.

Runaway Bride - long-haired cat Italics sitting by food bowl

Runaway Bride - long-haired cat Italics begging by food bowl

Runaway Bride - long-haired cat Italics sitting by food bowl as Ike Richard Gere passes animated gif

There is also a photo of Italics in the newspaper office where Ike works.

Runaway Bride - photo of long-haired cat in frame

Much of the film takes place in Maggie’s hometown, so Italics is not seen again until Ike returns to New York.

Runaway Bride - long-haired cat Italics looking out window

Ike comes home one evening and is surprised to find Maggie there, sitting on a couch and petting Italics.

Runaway Bride - long-haired cat Italics sitting beside Maggie Julia Roberts on couch with Ike Richard Gere

Runaway Bride - long-haired cat Italics sitting beside Maggie Julia Roberts on couch with Ike Richard Gere

Runaway Bride - long-haired cat Italics sitting beside Maggie Julia Roberts on couch with Ike Richard Gere

Runaway Bride - long-haired cat Italics sitting beside Maggie Julia Roberts on couch with Ike Richard Gere

Runaway Bride - long-haired cat Italics sitting on couch

Ike gets some dry food and feeds the cat before sitting down to a serious discussion with Maggie.

Runaway Bride - Ike Richard Gere feeding long-haired cat Italics

As the couple feel chemistry, Ike gets up and puts on some music. Italics is sitting by the stereo.

Runaway Bride - long-haired cat Italics sitting beside stereo

Runaway Bride - long-haired cat Italics sitting beside stereo

Italics is sitting by the window as Ike and Maggie start to dance, then gets up and has a better look right before they kiss.

Runaway Bride - long-haired cat Italics lying by window as Ike Richard Gere and Maggie Julia Roberts dance

Runaway Bride - long-haired cat Italics looking out of window

Runaway Bride - long-haired cat Italics looking out of window as Ike Richard Gere and Maggie Julia Roberts kiss animated gif

The cat actors playing Italics appear to be the Pearl or Elvis team of cats which appeared in many films around this time and were trained by Dawn Barkan. Director Garry Marshall explained on the DVD’s commentary track that shots of the cat were inserted as cutaways, a common editing practice (perhaps we can dub this a Cutaway Cat). For instance, the shot of italics looking out the window as Ike and Maggie kiss was included because there was one shot where the pair “wasn’t beautiful as they went into the kiss.”

Runaway Bride - long-haired cat Italics sitting on couch

Final Mewsings: Cats distract movie-goers from bad shots.


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Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984)

Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes poster

Warner Bros.
Starring:
 Paul Geoffrey, Cheryl Campbell
Directed by: Hugh Hudson

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

Synopsis: Film adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burrough’s novel in which the descendent of an English lord is raised by apes.

Purr Blur: At the beginning of the film, Lord John Clayton (Paul Geoffrey) and his wife (Cheryl Campbell) are preparing to leave. A little girl (who is Jane) is sitting on the steps playing with a mechanical monkey. She is picking up a Persian kitten.

Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes - little girl Jane picking up Persian kitten on stairs

She is petting the kitten in the next scene when her “Uncle Jack” gives her a ring, then picks her up and carries her away. She is still holding the kitten. The scene is very short and the kitten is never really facing the camera so it could be easy to miss.

Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes - John Clayton Paul Geoffrey with little girl Jane and Persian kitten on stairs

Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes - John Clayton Paul Geoffrey carrying little girl Jane and Persian kitten down stairs with Lady Clayton Cheryl Campbell

Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes - John Clayton Paul Geoffrey carrying little girl Jane and Persian kitten away with Lady Clayton Cheryl Campbell

Final Mewsings: If you’re going to include a kitten, at least have one good shot of the kitten!

Many thanks to Ted Davis for letting us know about the kitten in this movie.


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