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Cobb (1994)

Cobb poster

Alcor Films
Starring:
 Tommy Lee Jones, Robert Wuhl
Directed by: Ron Shelton

Synopsis: Baseball record holder Ty Cobb (Tommy Lee Jones) hires sportswriter Al Stump (Robert Wuhl) to write his autobiography, but Stump is torn between telling the story Cobb relates to him or the truth about the legend’s outrageous personality.

Kitty Cameo: In one scene Cobb is recounting his experiences with various U.S. Presidents over the years. He comments on how Woodrow Wilson has the best scotch and how Woodrow Wilson has the best broads and parties. He then states that ” . . . Calvin Coolidge and that stupid cat of his weren’t any damn fun at all.” This is accompanied by a shot of Cobb posing for a photo with Coolidge who is holding a long-haired cat in his arms.

Cobb - Ty Cobb Tommy Lee Jones standing on steps with Calvin Coolidge and long-haired cream Persian

Cobb - Ty Cobb Tommy Lee Jones with Calvin Coolidge and long-haired cream Persian

Calvin Coolidge was noted for owning cats among many other pets, including the most famous one, a tabby named Tiger. It’s strange the filmmakers didn’t use a tabby cat for the short clip here.

Cobb - Ty Cobb Tommy Lee Jones with Calvin Coolidge and long-haired cream Persian

Final Mewsings: Cats can be fun if they have the right owner.


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Inferno (1980)

Inferno poster

Produzioni Intersound
Starring:
 Leigh McCloskey, Irene Miracle
Directed by: Dario Argento

This review contains severe Kitty Carnage Warnings!

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

Synopsis: The second entry in Argento’s Three Mothers trilogy. Rose Elliott (Irene Miracle) suspects evil happening in and around the New York building where she lives and she calls on her brother Mark (Leigh McCloskey) to travel from Rome to help her. But is he too late?

Cat Cattle Call: There are numerous cats in the film, many of which are hanging out around the antique bookstore and curio shop next to the building in New York run by Kazanian (Sacha Pitoëff). The cats are in the alley outside the store as Rose seeks to find an entry to her building’s cellar. One of the cats even approaches her but turns away when she opens the cellar door. Food seems to have been used as an incentive to keep the cats on their marks.

Inferno - Rose Irene Elliott in alley with cats

Inferno - Rose Irene Elliott in alley with cats

Later in Rome we see Mark attending a college music appreciation class, but he is distracted by a ravishing woman holding a cream colored Persian cat. She seems to be casting a spell upon him. At the very least, she distracts him from reading the letter he has received from his sister.

Inferno - mysterious woman with cream Persian cat in music class

Mark looks for the woman when the class ends but she is walking away.

Inferno - mysterious woman with cream Persian cat leaving music class

Mark arrives in New York and meets his sister’s upstairs neighbor, Countess Elise De Longvalle Adler (Daria Nicolodi). They try to figure out the mystery behind Rose’s disappearance. In the interim, cats are seen around the building, often eating meat which is being fed to them. The origin of the meat, well, you will just have to guess!

Inferno - black cat and tuxedo cat sitting on cushion

In Kazanian’s store, a black cat is accidentally grabbed as the man stumbles. The cat then knocks over a statue, breaking it. The alley cats are still hanging around outside, too.

Inferno - black cat accidentally being grabbed

In one scene Elise is wandering around the building alone when she is suddenly attacked by numerous cats. As in most cat attack scenes, the poor cat actors are actually just thrown at the actress; catapulted at her, if you will. An extraordinary amount of cat fur is flying in these scenes.

Inferno - Rose being attacked by cats

If you look closely, you can see the actress who plays Elise is replaced by a stunt double wearing a kind of mannequin head to avoid being accidentally clawed on the face and head by the cats. This is used for most of the scene.

Inferno - stunt Rose head being attacked by cats

Inferno - stunt Rose head being attacked by cats animated gif

You can also actually see the arm of the person throwing one of the cats into the scene! The bad thing is that some of the cats seem to be fighting each other in the confusion. In any case, they are certainly fighting each other more than they are attacking the person.

Inferno - man's arm throwing cat at fake Rose being attacked by cats

Inferno - stunt Rose being attacked by cats

Inferno - close up of cat's mouth

Inferno - stunt Rose being attacked by cats

Inferno - stunt Rose being attacked by cats

Inferno - close up of tuxedo cat's face

Later, Kazanian approaches a sweet-looking tuxedo cat which is sitting beneath a table in his store.

Inferno - Kazanian Sacha Pitoëff looking at gray tuxedo cat under table

Kitty Carnage Warning!  This is where things turn ugly for the cats. Kazanian coaxes the tuxedo cat out only to grab it by the scruff. The poor cat actor is struggling as the man carries him across the room. The man then slams the cat’s head against the back of a chair. Fortunately the cat used for the head slamming shot is a fake one, but it is a disturbing moment.

Inferno - Kazanian Sacha Pitoëff picking up gray tuxedo cat by scruff

Kazanian then takes things to extremes when he opens a sack full of live cats and throws the tuxedo cat inside. He then proceeds to take the sack down to the water and drowns the cats. He does get his comeuppance, but not until after the cats are drowned. A mechanism was used inside the closed bag to make it look as if it were full of cats.

Inferno - cats inside burlap sack

Near the end of the movie, Mark is digging under the floor of Rose’s room when a tuxedo cat appears and then runs in, ducking down under the floorboards.

Inferno - tuxedo cat looking in through window

This same tuxedo cat is later seen attacking and eating a live mouse.

Inferno - tuxedo cat eating mouse

It is reported that assistant director Lamberto Bava wrangled so many cats for the film that he can no longer stand to be in a room with a cat and has avoided them ever since.

Inferno - close up of black cat's eye

Inferno - silhouette of cat on wall

Final Mewsings: Cats have been avoiding Lamberto Bava since this film as well!


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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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Book Club (2018)

Book Club poster

Apartment Story
Starring:
 Candice Bergen, Diane Keaton
Directed by: Bill Holderman

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

Synopsis: A group of woman in their late 60’s decide to spice up their monthly book club meetings by reading the 50 Shades of Gray Trilogy.

Featured Feline: One member of the club is Federal Judge Sharon Myers (Candice Bergen) who is also a divorcee. As the introductory segment explains, when her marriage ended she bought a cat. A photo of the white Persian cat as a kitten is shown.

Book Club - photo of white Persian kitten Ginsburg

The cat, whose name is Ginsburg (presumably named for Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg) is seen several times throughout the film, including when Sharon starts reading the first book.

Book Club - white Persian cat Ginsburg sitting on Sharon's lap while she reads 50 Shades of Gray

In one scene Sharon takes Ginsburg to the vet (Ravi Kapoor). There is some confusion when Sharon starts talking about her own maladies instead of the cat’s.

Book Club - white Persian cat Ginsburg being lifted by vet

Book Club - white Persian cat Ginsburg being petted by vet

Book Club - white Persian cat Ginsburg on veterinarian Ravi Kapoor table with Sharon Candice Bergen

Later Sharon tries to entice Ginsburg to go outside but the cat stays put. This corresponds with Sharon’s lack of recent dating, which she changes when she signs up at a singles website.

Book Club - white Persian cat Ginsburg lying next to doorway

Book Club - white Persian cat Ginsburg lying next to doorway with Sharon Candice Bergen

Book Club - white Persian cat Ginsburg lying next to doorway

As Sharon starts dating again, Ginsburg seems more willing to go outside.

Book Club - white Persian cat Ginsburg jumping down from shelf

Book Club - white Persian cat Ginsburg scurrying to door

Late in the film Sharon is seen picking up a lethargic Ginsburg and holding her. There’s really no explanation given for the cat’s behavior, except for the fact that Sharon has pulled away from the dating scene again.

Book Club - white Persian cat Ginsburg lying on pillow

Book Club - white Persian cat Ginsburg being picked up by Sharon Candice Bergen

Book Club - white Persian cat Ginsburg held by Sharon

In the end Sharon decides to reconnect with one of her computer dates and Ginsburg seems more perky.

Book Club - white Persian cat Ginsburg sitting on chair

Final Mewsings: Cats can sense our moods!


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Cat Show – Olympia (1969)

British Pathé

Synopsis: Many cats are showcased at the National Championship Cat Show, Olympia in 1969.

Reality Cats: A newsreel segment from British Pathé shows many lovely cats featured in the show, which drew more entries that year than ever before. First shown is a Seal Point Siamese Champion named Redleaf Benni.

Cat Show Olympia 1969 - Siamese cat Redleaf Benni

Two Devon Rex cats are then then showcased.

Cat Show Olympia 1969 - Devon Rex cat

Cat Show Olympia 1969 - Devon Rex cat close up

Cat Show Olympia 1969 - Devon Rex cat

Champion White Persian Coylum Marcus is then seen. The cat was worth 2,000 pounds, winning a place in the Guinness Book of Records as the most expensive, and even had his own security guard.

Cat Show Olympia 1969 - white Persian champion cat Coylum Marcus being held

Cat Show Olympia 1969 - white Persian champion cat Coylum Marcus close up

Cat Show Olympia 1969 - white Persian champion cat Coylum Marcus being put in cage by security guard

Some Persian kittens are then seen being held and petted.

Cat Show Olympia 1969 - black and white Persian kittens

Finally a “well-preserved” nineteen year old cat is shown, the oldest cat at the show.

Cat Show Olympia 1969 - 19 year old tabby cat

Final Mewsings: Every cat is a champion in their own way.


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