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Purr Blur Thursday bannerThriller – “Trio for Terror”

Thriller DVD

Original Air Date: March 14, 1961
Starring: Michael Pate
Directed by: Ida Lupino

Synopsis: A trio of terrifying tales includes a man who plans to murder his uncle, a gambler who spends what could be his last night at a strange inn, and a killer who meets an interesting sculptor.

Purr Blur: In the third story, the police are looking for a killer who wears black gloves. The camera pans to an alley where a white cat appears and runs away. Hiding in the alley is the killer in question (Michael Pate).

Thriller - Trio for Terror - white cat running across dark street

Thriller - Trio for Terror - white cat running across dark street animated gif

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t share alleys with killers!


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Brubaker (1980)

Brubaker DVD

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Starring:
 Robert Redford, Everett McGill, Tim McIntire
Directed by: Stuart Rosenberg

Synopsis: Henry Brubaker (Robert Redford) is the new warden of an Arkansas prison farm who tries to improve conditions by working from within.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): In one scene a trustee named Eddie (Everett McGill) is seen holding a sleepy tabby kitten.

Brubaker - kitten sleeping in Eddie's lap

Brubaker - kitten waking up in Eddie's lap

Huey Rauch (Tim McIntire) approaches and tells Eddie to go mete out some discipline to school the new inmates. Eddie gets up and hands the kitten to someone else. The kitten is not seen again.

Brubaker - kitten in Eddie's Everett McGill lap as Huey Tim McIntire approaches

Brubaker - kitten held by Eddie Everett McGill lap

Final Mewsings: Seems there are a lot of cats doing hard time in movies!


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Because of Winn-Dixie (2005)

Because of Winn-Dixie poster

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Starring:
 AnnaSophia Robb, Jeff Daniels, B.J. Hopper
Directed by: Wayne Wang

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

Synopsis: A girl named Opal (AnnaSophia Robb) moves to a new town with her preacher father (Jeff Daniels) and feels lonely until she makes the acquaintance of an unusual dog she names Winn-Dixie.

Kitty Cameo: Opal and her father live in a mobile home rented from a man named Mr. Alfred (B.J. Hopper).  Mr. Alfred catches Opal washing Winn-Dixie and making a muddy mess of the yard.  He is carrying a tabby cat as he approaches her.

Because of Winn-Dixie - Mr. Alfred B.J. Hopper holding tabby cat

Mr. Alfred does not approve of the dog and also notes that she has borrowed his garden hose without asking.

Because of Winn-Dixie - wider shot of Mr. Alfred B.J. Hopper holding tabby cat

Opal throws down the hose and it sprays Mr. Alfred and his cat.  The cat scrambles out of the man’s arms.

Because of Winn-Dixie - Mr. Alfred B.J. Hopper being sprayed with water and tabby cat jumping down

Winn-Dixie chases the cat across the yard, knocking down some laundry in the process.  Mr. Alfred’s cat is not seen again in the film.

Because of Winn-Dixie - tabby cat running across lawn

Purr Blurs:  Opal works part time in a pet store and in one scene some kittens can be seen in the window display as Opal and Winn-Dixie enter the shop.

Because of Winn-Dixie - Opal AnnaSophia Robb and Winn-Dixie dog standing in front of kittens in pet store window display

Because of Winn-Dixie - Opal AnnaSophia Robb and Winn-Dixie dog still standing in front of kittens in pet store window display

Final Mewsings: Not surprising that cats would take a back seat in a movie about a dog.


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Alfred Hitchcock Presents – “There Was an Old Woman”

Alfred Hitchcock Presents Season 1 DVD

Original Air Date: March 18, 1956
Starring: Estelle Winwood, Charles Bronson, Norma Crane
Directed by: Robert Stevenson

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

Synopsis: A desperate couple named Frank and Lorna Bramwell (Charles Bronson and Norma Crane) visit the home of the elderly Monica Laughton (Estelle Winwood) hoping to rob the senile woman of her hidden riches.

Featured Feline: Monica Laughton owns an orange tabby cat named Tippie who is featured in several scenes.

Alfred Hitchcock Presents - There Was an Old Woman - orangy tabby cat Tippie on chair behind Monica Laughton Estelle Winwood

The Bramwells are surprised when they are invited inside the Laughton home and find Monica staging a funeral with a body and guests who are not really there. Monica talks to her invisible guests and then scolds Tippie, who is lying on a chair. She says he is getting fat and lazy and not going after the mice like he should.

Alfred Hitchcock Presents - There Was an Old Woman - orangy tabby cat Tippie on chair with Monica Laughton Estelle Winwood

Tippie is also present at the dinner thrown by Monica for the same imaginary guests complete with imaginary food. The Bramwells are more than disappointed.

Alfred Hitchcock Presents - There Was an Old Woman - orangy tabby cat Tippie on table with Estelle Winwood Charles Bronson and Norma Crane

Alfred Hitchcock Presents - There Was an Old Woman - orangy tabby cat Tippie on table with Lorna Norma Crane

The next morning Monica finds Tippie with his nose in a bowl in the kitchen.

Alfred Hitchcock Presents - There Was an Old Woman - orangy tabby cat Tippie with nose in bowl in kitchen

Alfred Hitchcock Presents - There Was an Old Woman - orangy tabby cat Tippie scolded by Monica Estelle Winwood

She scolds Tippie and explains that she is making cupcakes for the mice and includes rat poison to get rid of them.

Alfred Hitchcock Presents - There Was an Old Woman - orangy tabby cat Tippie beside mixing bowl

It is very likely that members of the cat team known as Orangey played the role in this episode.

Alfred Hitchcock Presents - There Was an Old Woman - orangy tabby cat on chair behind Monica Laughton Estelle Winwood

Final Mewsings: Cats have no problem sharing space with imaginary people.

Many thanks to Ted Davis who spotted this Television Tabby for us!


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Hot Stuff (1971)

National Film Board of Canada (NFB)
Starring:
 Don Arioli, Gerald Budner, John Howe
Directed by: Zlatko Grgic

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

Synopsis: A cautionary animated tale about man’s relationship with fire from ancient times to the present.

Cartoon Cat: The cat comes in during the modern section of the film when we see a man named Ralph, his wife and their cat at home. The cat is pink with purple spots on his tail.

Hot Stuff - pink cat with purple spots on tail and Ralph angry

Hot Stuff - pink cat with purple spots on tail and Ralph watching television

Ralph just wants to watch television but his wife wants to watch while ironing and then asks him to make some coffee and toast for her during a commercial break. As Ralph does this the cat follows him around asking for cream.

Hot Stuff - pink cat with purple spots on tail and Ralph in kitchen

Hot Stuff - pink cat with purple spots on tail and Ralph still in kitchen

As the tension builds and more and more appliances get plugged in dangerously the cat keeps asking for some cream.

Hot Stuff - pink cat with purple spots on tail and Ralph by refrigerator

The cat finally asks for anything, not being choosy, but continues to be ignored.

Hot Stuff - pink cat with purple spots on tail pats Ralph's head

Ralph returns to the television and the cat reminds him that cats need their cholesterol.

Hot Stuff - pink cat with purple spots on tail and Ralph by television

Hot Stuff - pink cat with purple spots on tail panting with Ralph watching television

Ralph’s wife brings him the sugar in a canister and the cat asks if there’s a mouse in there.

Hot Stuff - pink cat with purple spots on tail looking down at canister

Eventually everything catches fire and Ralph and his wife scramble to put it out. But the cat sits back and waits for a hot mouse. “A Mouse Flamboo!”

Hot Stuff - pink cat with purple spots on tail looking at fire

Hot Stuff - pink cat with purple spots on tail licking lips

Final Mewsings: Cats become less choosy the hungrier they get.


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