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Murder of a Cat (2014)

Murder of a Cat poster

Seine Pictures
Starring:
 Fran Kranz, Nikki Reed, Greg Kinnear
Also Starring: Bogart, O’Malley
Directed by: Gillian Greene

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

Synopsis: In this dark comedy, Clinton Moisey (Fran Kranz) is a socially backwards man living with his mother and his cat, Mouser.  When Mouser is found murdered, Clinton sets out to find the culprit, a quest which may ultimately change his life.

Featured Feline: Clinton’s cat, Mouser, is a Russian Blue (played by cat actor Bogart).  He is first seen sitting on the table at Clinton’s comic book sale in the front yard of his mother’s home (he formerly owned a comic book store that closed after just six months.)

Murder of a Cat - cat Mouser sitting on table

Unimpressed by anything at the table a boy asks if the cat is for sale.  Clinton is not amused.

Murder of a Cat - Clintin, cat Mouser and boy at yard sale

In the next scene Clinton takes Mouser to the vet and comments about how his cat has been disappearing for longer periods of time lately and that he seems to be losing his fur and his interest in life.  The vet suggests Mouser see a psychiatrist.

Murder of a Cat - cat Mouser at the vet

That night Clinton is in his basement room watching episodes of Who’s the Boss?  Mouser is sitting in the windowsill and Clinton walks over to get him.

Murder of a Cat - Clinton with cat Mouser on windowsill

Clinton falls asleep with Mouser on his chest.

Murder of a Cat - Clinton with cat Mouser on his chest

During the night Clinton awakens to find Mouser gone and the window opening and closing in the breeze but falls back asleep.

Kitty Carnage Warning!  The next morning Clinton walks outside to see a small crowd of neighbors standing around something in the street.  He is horrified to see that Mouser has been shot and killed with an arrow by an unknown assailant.

Murder of a Cat - Clinton mourns over dead cat Mouser

During the course of Clinton’s investigation to find Mouser’s killer, he comes across a Lost Cat poster with a picture of Mouser (saying the cat answers to the name of Horatio.)

Murder of a Cat - cat Mouser on Lost Cat poster

Clinton goes to the address on the poster and finds the door open.  When he walks inside he is shocked to see photos of Mouser all over the walls.  Mouser has been leading a double life, living part time with a girl named Greta (Nikki Reed)!

Murder of a Cat - cat Mouser's pictures on wall

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): We won’t spoil the outcome of this comedic thriller here, but we will talk about the very end.  Having grown considerably during his adventures, Clinton is moving out of his mom’s basement and into a new place.  He asks his mom to stop the car for a moment and he walks to the window of a pet store where he sees an adorable orange and white kitten.

Murder of a Cat - kitten in cage in pet store window

Greta appears and gives a voice to the kitten, stating his name is Bartleby (played by kitten actor O’Malley).  The final shot of the film is Greta and Clinton riding off on a motorcycle with Bartleby in a carrier on the back.

Murder of a Cat - kitten in carrier

The cat actors were provided by Boone’s Animals for Hollywood and trained by Tracy Kelley.

Final Mewsings: Killers of cats should be brought to justice!


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Badlands (1973)

Badlands DVD

Warner Bros.
Starring:
 Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek, Warren Oates
Directed by: Terrence Malick

Synopsis: Based on a true story, Kit (Martin Sheen) is a violent young man who falls in love with Holly (Sissy Spacek) and ends up making them fugitives when he goes on a rampant killing spree.

Purr Blur: At one point Kit and Holly seek sanctuary in a rich neighborhood.  Holly walks around the neighborhood for a while and stops to watch a multi-colored cat sitting in another driveway.  The cat gets up and starts to walk off screen.

Badlands - multicolored cat walking in driveway

Final Mewsings: Cats know to keep their distance from unstable fugitives.


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Pocketful of Miracles (1961)

Pocketful of Miracles poster

Franton Productions
Starring:
 Bette Davis, Glenn Ford, Hope Lange
Directed by: Frank Capra

Synopsis: A remake of Capra’s much earlier film Lady for a Day from 1933 which was based on a short story by Damon Runyan.  Dave the Dude (Glenn Ford) is a well-known New York bootlegger and hood who considers the apples sold by “Apple Annie” (Bette Davis) to bring him good luck.  When Annie has a personal crisis regarding her daughter, who does not know Annie is a beggar, Dave and his pals set out to make everything right for her.

Kitty Cameo: As in the original the cat appears only briefly in this film, laying across a photograph of Annie’s daughter.

Pocketful of Miracles - orange tabby cat lying on photo

Annie sees this and pushes the cat away, scolding it.  The cat in question could very well be Orangey in a bit part, but this cannot be confirmed at this time.

Pocketful of Miracles - orange tabby cat being pushed off photo

Final Mewsings: Cats lie pretty much anywhere they please.


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The Munsters – “Munster Masquerade”

The Munsters Season One DVD

Original Air Date: September 24, 1964
Starring: Fred Gwynne, Yvonne De Carlo, Lurene Tuttle
Directed by: Lawrence Dobkin

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

Synopsis: In this first episode of the series The Munsters are invited to a masquerade party being thrown by the parents of Marilyn’s (Beverley Owen) boyfriend while Eddie (Butch Patrick) stays home with an unsuspecting babysitter.

Featured Feline: This is also the first appearance of the Munster’s black pet cat, Kitty, a seemingly normal feline.  When Eddie’s babysitter, Mrs. Morton (Lurene Tuttle) first looks around the house she sees the cat sitting on the back of a sofa.

The Munsters - Munster Masquerade - Mrs. Morton with black cat Kitty

Mrs. Morton comments, “My, what a sweet little kitty!”

The Munsters - Munster Masquerade - black cat Kitty on back of sofa

Kitty opens its mouth and roars like a lion, taking Mrs. Morton aback.

The Munsters - Munster Masquerade - black cat Kitty roars

Later Mrs. Morton strums a harp and as she walks away it strums in reverse by itself.  Kitty then roars again and the raven in the clock pops out to say, “Nevermore!  You catfink!”

The Munsters - Munster Masquerade - black cat Kitty on back of sofa looking up

Kitty is seen again sitting on a table by the fire.

The Munsters - Munster Masquerade - black cat Kitty on table

Mrs. Morton is sitting in a chair, asleep and holding her knitting, when the sound of howling wakes her up.  She isn’t sure at first if the sound had come from Kitty!

The Munsters - Munster Masquerade - Mrs. Morton and black cat Kitty on table

Final Mewsings: All cats have the heart of a lion but Kitty had the voice as well!


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Bosko and Honey (1932)

The Uncensored Bosko 2 DVD

Leon Schlesinger Studios
Starring:
 Rochelle Hudson
Directed by: Hugh Harman

Synopsis: Honey (voiced by Rochelle Hudson) gets tired with trying to teach a cranky kitten how to play the violin so she calls her boyfriend Bosko to come over and go for a picnic.

Cartoon Kitty: The kitten who is not enjoying his violin lesson is named Wilbur and he continues to play one note of his piece wrong, which drives Honey to distraction.

Bosko and Honey - kitten Wilbur's violin lesson

After Honey goes to call Bosko she comes back to find Wilbur jumping on the piano keys.

Bosko and Honey - Honey catches kitten Wilbur on piano keys

She scolds him and he slides down the lamp and takes up the poor violin playing again.

Bosko and Honey - kitten Wilbur slides down lamp

When Bosko arrives he starts to play the song Wilbur is trying to play on his saxophone while Honey sings along.  Wilbur is not impressed.

Bosko and Honey - kitten Wilbur mocking Honey's singing

Mischievous Wilbur grabs a washtub full of soapy water and dumps it into Bosko’s saxophone.  Bosko responds by playing “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles.”

Bosko and Honey - kitten Wilbur carrying washtub of soapy water

Final Mewsings: You can’t blame a cat for not wanting to play an instrument that may have strings of cat gut!


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