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Romantic Riviera (1951)

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Narrated by:
 James A. FitzPatrick

Synopsis: One of a number of Traveltalk films produced by James A. FitzPatrick which took moviegoers on short trips around the world.  In this episode, FitzPatrick takes us to the laid back region of the French Riviera to visit the towns of Villefranche, Cannes and St. Paul.

Purr Blur: In Villefranche one can just barely see a tuxedo cat walking away from a table where people are dining near the water.

Traveltalks - Romantic Riviera tuxedo cat near tables

Kitty Cameo: Later in St. Paul a few moments are devoted to another tuxedo cat walking down the street ahead of some women.

Traveltalks - Romantic Riviera tuxedo cat walking down street

Final Mewsings: People may be laid back on the Riviera but the cats like to dress up!


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It’s Alive (1974)

It's Alive DVD

Warner Bros.
Starring:
 John Ryan, Sharon Farrell, Daniel Holzman
Directed by: Larry Cohen

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

Synopsis: Frank (John Ryan) and Lenore Davis (Sharol Farrell) are eagerly anticipating the birth of their second child.  But neither is prepared when the baby comes out screaming, clawing and killing.

Kitty Cameo: In one of the earliest scenes, Frank steps into the room of his son Chris (Daniel Holzman) to wake him up and tell him it’s time to go to his Uncle Charlie’s house while he takes his mom to the hospital to give birth.  Chris is lying in bed sleeping with his pet Siamese cat.

It's Alive - Chris sleeping with Siamese cat

Frank picks up the cat and rubs it against Chris’ face to wake him up.

It's Alive - Frank wakes up Chris with Siamese cat

The cat is not seen again until much later in the movie when the mutant baby finds its way to the Davis’ home.  The cat is seen in Chris’ room as the mutant baby is crawling around.  The cat yowls and runs away.

It's Alive - Siamese cat

Kitty Carnage Warning! When Chris returns home and enters the basement he finds the cat lying dead on the floor in a pool of blood.  Bad baby!

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t need help to wake people up.


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Death Becomes Her (1992)

Death Becomes Her DVD

Universal Pictures
Starring:
 Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn, Bruce Willis
Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

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

Synopsis: Actress Madeline Ashton (Meryl Streep) and writer Helen Sharp (Goldie Hawn) are childhood friends and bitter rivals.  When Madeline steals away Helen’s fiancé, plastic surgeon Ernest Menville (Bruce Willis), it sets off a chain of events in which each seeks revenge on the other by using any means to retain their former youthful beauty.

Kitty Cameo: Early in the film Helen is worried that Ernest is becoming interested in Madeline and will leave her.  She is sitting on a couch with a tabby cat beside her as she expresses her concerns.

Death Becomes Her - tabby cat sitting next to Helen

Cat Cattle Call: As she suspects, Ernest runs off and marries Madeline.  When we next see Helen she is overweight and living in an apartment with countless cats.

Death Becomes Her - countless cats in Helen's apartment

One cat is even sitting in the cupboard with the cat food!

Death Becomes Her - gray and white cat in cupboard

Helen watches a scene from one of Madeline’s movies in which the actress is murdered over and over.

Death Becomes Her - Helen watching TV with cats

She is still watching the movie as the police break in and drag her away.  We don’t know what happened to the cats.

Death Becomes Her - cats around television set

Final Mewsings: Cats can’t help it that crazy ladies love them!


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Der blaue Engel (1930)

The Blue Angel poster

English Title: The Blue Angel
Universum Film (UFA)
Starring:
 Emil Jannings, Marlene Dietrich, Kurt Gerron
Directed by: Josef von Sternberg

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

Synopsis: Straight-laced university Professor Immanuel Rath (Emil Jannings) is concerned when he learns some of his male students are frequenting a nightclub called The Blue Angel and have become enamored with the singer Lola Lola (Marlene Dietrich).  When The Professor falls under the spell of Lola Lola himself it may lead to his ruin.

Purr Blur: The second time the Professor visits the club we see him walking down the dark streets.  A black cat can be seen crossing in front of the man (perhaps foreshadowing the bad luck that will eventually befall him).

The Blue Angel - black cat crossing dark street

The cat jumps up into an open window and disappears.

The Blue Angel - black cat jumping up to window

Final Mewsings: Cats and nightclub singers are both creatures of the night.


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Entropy (1999)

Entropy DVD

Baldwin / Cohen Productions
Starring:
 Stephen Dorff, Judith Godrèche, Kelly Macdonald
Also Starring:  Billy the Cat
Directed by: Phil Joanou

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

Synopsis: An offbeat romantic comedy about a first-time film director named Jake Walsh (Stephen Dorff) and his love for a beautiful model named Stella (Judith Godrèche).  Unfortunately both work and fate don’t seem to favor the pair as Jake quickly spirals out of control.

Featured Feline: One of the highlights of this film is the cat which appears in the very first scene.  The Abyssinian actor is named Billy the Cat and appears in several scenes throughout the film.  Jake narrates his story, starting in an apartment with a girl he has just married (after only knowing for two days).  The cat is seen sitting beside him.

Entropy - Abyssinian cat Puddy Tat next to Jake

Jake is a filmmaker who gets assigned to his first big Hollywood movie shooting in New York.  While there he meets Stella and they fall in love.  An early scene with them together shows Jake coming home to find hearts leading to the bathroom door.  Once inside a note on the mirror instructs him to look down where he finds an adorable kitten.

Entropy - Abyssinian Puddy Tat kitten on floor

Stella startles Jake by popping out of the bathtub to take his picture.  She explains the kitten’s name is Puddy Tat because it reminds her of the cartoon character.

Entropy - Abyssinian Puddy Tat kitten with Stella and Jake

Puddy Tat steals the scene later when Jake and Stella get into the shower together and Puddy Tat decides to climb the vinyl shower curtain.

Entropy - Abyssinian Puddy Tat kitten climbing shower curtain

Puddy Tat grows and is a constant presence in the apartment, even when things between Jake and Stella start to deteriorate because of Jake’s hectic work schedule and his preoccupation with his film.

Entropy - Abyssinian cat Puddy Tat in bed with Stella

Eventually Stella leaves and Jake’s work on the movie doesn’t go well, either.  So when his friend Bono from U2 calls him to make a music video he is quick to respond.  Jake ends up drinking in excess and marrying a woman named Pia (Kelly Macdonald) he meets at a party, not realizing that Stella is trying to reach him while he is away.

Entropy - Abyssinian cat Puddy Tat on table

Jake realizes he made a mistake and has to explain it to Pia.  Pia wants him to get his stupid cat off her head.

Entropy - Abyssinian cat Puddy Tat on Pia's head in bed

In the film’s most memorable scene, Puddy Tat confronts Jake and talks to him cat to man, telling him to go after Stella.

Entropy - Abyssinian cat Puddy Tat talking

Puddy Tat also asks for a smoke, which he soon realizes he doesn’t like.

Entropy - Abyssinian cat Puddy Tat smoking

The movie has a melancholy ending but at least Jake still has Puddy Tat.

Entropy - Abyssinian cat Puddy Tat with Jake on couch

Final Mewsings: Talking cats should just say no to smoking!


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