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Intolerance (1916)

Intolerance poster

Triangle Film Corporation
Starring:
 Mae Marsh, Robert Harron, Miriam Cooper
Directed by: D.W. Griffith

Synopsis: An epic silent picture which spans three different time periods to tell the story of intolerance between humans through love, war and greed.

Purr Blurs: The modern day tale is about a girl known as The Dear One (Mae Marsh) and The Boy (Robert Harron) whom she later meets.  In the establishing scene for The Boy in their small factory town, two children are seen in the background playing with a kitten.  A little girl picks up the kitten and sets it down, then does the same again.  The little boy tries to coax the kitten to come to him.  In the end the kitten turns tail and runs away from both of them.

Intolerance - tiny kitten with children

Later in the film when The Dear One and The Boy have both moved to the city, The Dear One wants to imitate a street walker she has seen and so she goes down to the lobby of her apartment building to practice.  As she walks down the stairs, a tiny black kitten can be seen in the background.

Intolerance - black kitten on landing

Final Mewsings: Kittens have intolerance for little kids who play too rough.


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Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

Kiss Me Deadly poster

Parklane Pictures Inc.
Starring:
 Ralph Meeker, Albert Dekker, Paul Stewart
Directed by: Robert Aldrich

Synopsis: Mickey Spillane’s hard-boiled detective Mike Hammer (Ralph Meeker) gets more than he bargained for when he picks up a woman wearing only a trenchcoat who was running along a highway and the men who want her dead target him as well!

Kitty Cameo: Near the end of the film Hammer makes a phone call to try to find the whereabouts of the person he suspects is behind all of the doings.  He gets the man’s answering service and for some reason there is an orange tom cat sitting on top of the switchboard which the woman is working.

Kiss Me Deadly - orange tom cat on answering service switchboard

Final Mewsings: Cats make the graveyard shift tolerable.


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2 Broke Girls – “And the Three Boys with Wood”

2 Broke Girls Season 2 DVD

Original Air Date: November 19, 2012
Starring: Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs, Ryan Hansen
Directed by: Thomas Kail

Synopsis: Caroline (Beth Behrs) wonders why Candy Andy (Ryan Hansen) won’t sleep with her while a pair of Amish boys build a barn for Chestnut in the girls’ backyard.

Kitty Cameo: In the beginning of the episode Max (Kat Dennings) comes into the backyard with Chestnut the horse.   When Caroline asks why they’re back so early Max explains they ran into the cat they don’t like and she tried spraying water on it but it laughed and they ran away.  At the end of the episode Max suddenly finds herself facing the cat itself, a large tuxedo Maine Coon.

2 Broke Girls and the Three Boys with Wood - Max runs into black and white Maine Coon cat

2 Broke Girls and the Three Boys with Wood - black and white Maine Coon cat

When Max stands up to the cat, the cat hisses at her (or actually yawns with some sound effects and possibly even digitally enhanced fangs added) and she runs away.

2 Broke Girls and the Three Boys with Wood - black and white Maine Coon cat hisses

Final Mewsings: Don’t mess with the cats of Williamsburg!


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The Last Ha Ha (1926)

Aesop’s Fables Studio

Synopsis: Farmer Al Falfa gets into comical tangles with his cat, a mouse, and a dog, and it’s hard to say until the end who gets the last laugh!

Cartoon Cat: The black cat which appears in these silent cartoons by Paul Terry (and may have been known as Thomas according to one online source) made numerous appearances in the Farmer Al Falfa cartoons.  This short begins with the cat and mouse taking a nap outside on the farm and the cat taking a mosquito which has targeted him off and putting it on the mouse.

The Last Ha Ha - cartoon cat and mouse sleeping

Farmer Al Falfa recruits the cat and mouse to wash his porch but the animals protest and take over his house instead.

The Last Ha Ha - cartoon cat and mouse protest against Farmer Al Falfa

Farmer Al Falfa resorts to getting a dog to take care of the intruders.  But after initially being scared the cat realizes the dog is muzzled and starts hitting the poor pup.

The Last Ha Ha - cartoon cat hits muzzled dog

The mouse takes off the muzzle and the dog bites the cat.

The Last Ha Ha - cartoon dog bites cat's tail

The mouse then needs to remove the dog’s tooth from the cat’s tail.

The Last Ha Ha - cartoon mouse tries to help cat

This is very much a classic tit for tat type scenario with all of the characters trying to one-up each other.  But who gets the last laugh?  Not the cat, unfortunately.

The Last Ha Ha - cartoon cat, dog and mouse laughing

Final Mewsings: Cats are usually laughing at us, they just hide it well.


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Wing, Claw and Fang! (1946)

Castle Films

Synopsis: A silent short film in which a trainer is seen with his animals, including a cat, a dog, a raven who types, a penguin who wanders through town and a lion who likes to wrestle.

Featured Feline: Bessie, a striped tabby, starts off the short and is introduced as a farm cat who has a will of her own.

Wing, Claw and Fang! - Bessie the farm cat

Bessie walks over to where the trainer is milking a cow.  She climbs into the man’s lap.

Wing, Claw and Fang! - Bessie the farm cat in lap of man milking cow

The caption reads “From producer to consumer” and Bessie is shown drinking from a stream of the cow’s milk.

Wing, Claw and Fang! - Bessie the farm cat drinking milk from cow

Everything is well and good until Tommy, a watch dog, has to get into the act.  He darts into the scene and goes after Bessie.

Wing, Claw and Fang! - Tommy the dog interrupts Bessie the farm cat drinking milk

Poor Bessie runs up a tree to get away from the dog.

Wing, Claw and Fang! - Bessie the farm cat up a tree

Final Mewsings: Can’t a cat have a drink of fresh milk in peace?


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