Monthly Archives: April 2015

April Showers (1948)

April Showers poster

Warner Bros.
Starring:
 Jack Carson, Ann Sheridan, Robert Alda
Directed by: James V. Kern

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

Synopsis: A vaudeville couple, Joe and June Tyme (Jack Carson and Ann Sheridan), find their act is outdated and no longer selling.  But when their son Buster (Robert Ellis) joins them on stage they find success, until difficulty sends Joe Tyme into an alcoholic tailspin, threatening both the act and the family.

Purr Blur: June and Buster end up with a replacement for Joe but when they are traveling through San Francisco Buster jumps off the train to visit his father, concerned that the new man is trying to come between his mother and father.  Buster makes his way to a flop house in the city and as he approaches the building a cat can be seen crossing the street near him.

April Showers - cat crossing street

The cat stops and pokes its head into an overturned garbage can as Buster stands looking up at the building.

April Showers - cat looking into toppled garbage can

Final Mewsings: One man’s garbage is another cat’s dinner.


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Goliath (2008)

Goliath poster

IFC Films
Starring:
 David Zellner, Nathan Zellner, Caroline O’Connor
Also Starring: Minou, Cornbread
Directed by: David Zellner

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

Synopsis: An offbeat, independent comedy in which a man who is going through a nasty divorce and partially demoted at work is pushed over the edge by the disappearance of his beloved pet cat Goliath.

Kitty Cameo: Goliath (played by Minou) is really only seen in photographs at the beginning of the film and in the missing posters the man posts around town.

Goliath - Goliath cat photo

Goliath - Goliath cat missing poster

Kitty Carnage Warning! Unfortunately the man finds Goliath dead on the side of the road.  The footage of this is graphic, although at the end of the film they assure the audience no animals were hurt during the making of the movie.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): At the end of the film the man goes to the animal shelter where several cats are seen.

Goliath - cat in shelter

He ends up bringing home the most adorable little kitten (played by Cornbread).

Goliath - Goliath II kitten comes home

The kitten becomes Goliath II.

Goliath - Goliath II kitten on shoulder

Final Mewsings: Kittens can calm even the most frazzled mind.


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Perry Mason – “The Case of the Caretaker’s Cat”

Perry Mason Season 2 Volume 2 DVD

Original Air Date: March 7, 1959
Starring: Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, Benson Fong
Directed by: Arthur Marks

Synopsis: A wealthy man concocts a scheme to test the ulterior motives of his heirs but things go awry and his accomplice, caretaker James Hing (Benson Fong) ends up being accused of the man’s murder.

Featured Feline: The caretaker’s cat is a beautiful Siamese which is seen with Hing during the early stages of the episode.

Perry Mason - The Case of the Caretaker's Cat - Siamese cat close

The first time we see the cat is on the bed of the wealthy man, Peter Baxter (Anthony Jochim).

Perry Mason - The Case of the Caretaker's Cat - Siamese cat on bed

The cat is next seen at the reading of Baxter’s will when Hing ends up being the heir sole of practically the entire estate.

Perry Mason - The Case of the Caretaker's Cat - Siamese cat with Hing at reading of will

This does not sit well with Baxter’s original heirs who let him know they will contest the will.

Perry Mason - The Case of the Caretaker's Cat - Siamese cat with Hing

Suspicion naturally falls on Hing and police are watching when he carries the cat into the garden and digs up a briefcase filled with money.  The cat actor is prompted to stay seated on the rock by some strategically placed treats.

Perry Mason - The Case of the Caretaker's Cat - Siamese cat on rock

The plot of the episode really has nothing to do with the cat (the title is therefore misleading) but the cat is seen once more at the end of the episode when Hing is sitting in Perry Mason’s office.

Perry Mason - The Case of the Caretaker's Cat - Siamese cat in Perry Mason's office

Hing leaves and takes the cat with him.

Perry Mason - The Case of the Caretaker's Cat - Siamese cat carried by Hing

Final Mewsings: Who took care of the caretaker’s cat when the caretaker was taken away?


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I Don’t Scare (1956)

Popeye cartoons DVD

Famous Studios
Starring:
 Jack Mercer, Jackson Beck, Mae Questel
Directed by: I. Sparber

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

Synopsis: Popeye (voiced by Jack Mercer) and Bluto (voiced by Jackson Beck) battle over the right to date Olive Oyl (voiced by Mae Questel) once again.  This time a jealous Bluto plays upon Olive’s superstitious nature to try to ruin her date with Popeye.

Cartoon Kitty: When Olive is already worked up about it supposedly being Friday the 13th and Popeye opening an umbrella in the house (which Bluto managed to stick into a light socket), Bluto opens the front door and drops a black cat inside Olive’s house.

I Don't Scare  - Bluto drops black cat in Olive's house

When Olive sees the cat she freaks out, running up the wall and across the ceiling to a hanging lamp where she clings in fear, begging Popeye not to let the cat cross her path.

I Don't Scare  - Olive spots black cat in her house

Popeye cradles the cat in his arms and tries to assure Olive it’s just a harmless kitty that wants to be friends.

I Don't Scare  - Popeye holds black cat and tries to reassure Olive

At this point the cat spots a fishbowl across the room.

I Don't Scare  - black cat spots goldfish bowl across the room

It jumps up and using Popeye’s face as a launching and scratching pad, the cat runs at the fishbowl.

I Don't Scare  - black cat launches itself from Popeye's face

Popeye heads off the cat and grabs the table with the fishbowl, pulling it up out of the way of the pouncing feline.  Unfortunately the bowl flies across the room and lands on Olive’s head, knocking her from the lamp and into a nearby vase.

I Don't Scare  - Popeye pulls the table with the fishbowl away from black cat's pounce

Popeye places the cat outside, telling it that the fish market is two blocks down and turn to the right.

I Don't Scare  - Popeye places black cat back outside

Final Mewsings: It’s bad luck for black cats to have superstitious women cross their path.


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L’opéra-mouffe (1958)

English Title: Diary of a Pregnant Woman
Ciné Tamaris
Starring:
 Dorothée Blanck, Antoine Bourseiller
Directed by: Agnès Varda

Synopsis: A compelling experimental film from the noted French director includes a mix of staged scenarios as well as documentary-style footage of locations and people on rue Mouffetard in Paris.

Kitty Cameo: In a segment entitled “des amoureux,” a man and woman are seen together in the nude and being romantic.  At one point the man is seen in the garden petting a tabby cat which is sitting on a low ledge.

Diary of a Pregnant Woman - nude man petting cat

The man picks up the cat and cuddles it lovingly.

Diary of a Pregnant Woman - nude holding cat

Diary of a Pregnant Woman - nude holding cat lovingly

Final Mewsings: Cats prefer doing nude scenes in films.


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