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Max Dugan Returns (1983)

Max Dugan Returns poster

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Starring:
 Marsha Mason, Jason Robards, Matthew Broderick
Directed by: Herbert Ross

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

Synopsis: Neil Simon penned this story about a widowed mother named Nora (Marsha Mason) who is raising her teenaged son Michael (Matthew Broderick) on a teacher’s salary when her estranged father, Max Dugan (Jason Robards) re-enters her life with a suitcase full of money.

Kitty Cameo: In the opening scenes Michael is waking his mother in the morning after she has been up grading test papers all night. She has an orange tabby cat on her lap when he shakes her awake.

Max Dugan Returns - Michael Matthew Broderick wakes up Nora Marsha Mason who has orange tabby cat on her lap

The cat attempts to nibble on one of the papers and she calls him dummy and swats him on the head with the papers. He understandably jumps down from her lap.

Max Dugan Returns - Nora Marsha Mason holds up papers with orange tabby cat on her lap

Max Dugan Returns - Nora Marsha Mason swats at orange tabby cat on her lap with papers

The cat is then seen eating from a bowl on the kitchen floor as the scene continues.

Max Dugan Returns - Nora Marsha Mason wiping up refrigerator spill with orange tabby cat eating from bowl on floor

The only other time the cat is seen is sitting with Max in the laundry room as he and Nora talk.

Max Dugan Returns - Max Dugan Jason Robards holding up papers with orange tabby cat sitting nearby

Max Dugan Returns - Max Dugan Jason Robards with orange tabby cat sitting nearby

Later in the film Max buys Michael a pedigree Great Dane named Plato. As Michael takes the dog outside we hear the cat screeching in the background, but the cat is not even mentioned again.

Max Dugan Returns - Max Dugan Jason Robards sitting next to orange tabby cat on bed

Final Mewsings: What did the poor cat get out of all of this?


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Shameless – “Pilot”

Shameless Season One DVD

Original Air Date: January 9, 2011
Starring: William H. Macy, Ethan Cutkosky
Directed by: Mark Mylod

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains a spoiler for this episode!

Synopsis: The American incarnation of the popular British series features the dysfunctional Gallagher family living on the fringe of society in Chicago.

Kitty Cameo: In the opening scene of the series the father, Frank (William H. Macy) is seen reveling with others around a fire as his voice-over gives descriptions of the members of his family. When he gets to Carl (Ethan Cutkosky), the second youngest boy, he says he doesn’t know much about him but then recounts how he loves animals and how he’s always dragging home some poor stray and taking them up to his room. The visuals during Frank’s descriptions are the opposite of what he’s saying and what we see is Carl with a welder’s mask and torch holding a scraggly calico cat, who understandably looks concerned.

Shameless - Pilot Carl Ethan Cutkosky wearing welding helmet and holding welding torch while holding calico cat

Final Mewsings: Cats do not like to be welded.


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Do Me Right (1987)

Music Artist: Maria Vidal

Synopsis: The video for the single by Maria Vidal includes scenes of her singing in various settings, some musicians and a man dancing in the rain.

Kitty Cameo: For some reason there are two shots of a grey and white kitten seen during the course of the video.

Do Me Right - gray and white kitten in dark setting

Do Me Right - gray and white kitten in lighter setting

Final Mewsings: Cats enhance videos even in small doses.

Many thanks to our good friend Ted Davis for spotting this music video kitten!


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Nameneko (circa 1980s)

Synopsis: Created by photographer and artist Satoru Tsuda, this is a video version of his famous Namen Nayo (aka Nameneko, not to mention Perlorian) cats set to a song (apparently called Please Once Again).

Featured Felines: Anyone who watched Night Flight regularly in the 1980’s is sure to remember this video featuring several cats and kittens dressed in various outfits, first appearing as a rock band and then hanging out at a local biker bar.

Nameneko - groupie cat in front of cat band

Nameneko - rebel cat band close

By all reports the cats used for this video, as well as the ones used in Tsuda’s many photo shoots, were not coerced, drugged or in any way made to be uncomfortable.

Nameneko - rebel cat band

Nameneko - orange and white kitten bartender

The Nameneko craze was huge in Japan and some items were released in the U.S. but most people here only know them from this video.

Nameneko - tabby kitten in sunglasses

Nameneko - tuxedo cat in rebel outfit

Final Mewsings: We usually don’t go for cats in clothes but this is a classic.


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High Speed Photography (1965)

British Pathé

Synopsis: Newsreel footage shows high speed photography experiments being filmed in John Hadland’s Studio Laboratory in England.

Reality Cats: Two cats are used as part of the filmed experiments. One is a beautiful calico which is dropped from a man’s hands to the ground so it can be seen turning in mid-air to land on its feet.

High Speed Photography - man holding calico cat above ground

High Speed Photography - calico cat on ground after being dropped

High Speed Photography - calico cat on studio floor

Another cat is given a saucer of milk so the lapping of its tongue can be filmed for the slo-mo process.

High Speed Photography - tabby cat in front of bowl of milk with man in studio

High Speed Photography - close up of tabby cat in front of bowl of milk

High Speed Photography - tabby cat's tongue licking up milk

Final Mewsings: Cats are fascinating at any speed!


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