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Pigeons (1939)

British Pathé

Synopsis: Newsreel footage shows a prize-winning pigeons and their cat friend.

Reality Cats: Sandy the cat is a beautiful dark orange tabby who spends time walking in and around the pigeon cages.

Pigeons - tabby cat walking beside pigeon cages

Pigeons - tabby cat walking in front of pigeon cages

Pigeons - tabby cat inside pigeon cages

Pigeons - tabby cat standing beside pigeon cages

Final Mewsings: Cats fancy a bit of squab.


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Absence of the Good (1999)

Absence of the Good DVD

Columbia Tristar
Starring:
 Stephen Baldwin, Janice Knickrehm
Directed by: John Flynn

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

Synopsis: Made-for-TV thriller about a police officer named Caleb Barnes (Stephen Baldwin) tracking down a serial killer in Salt Lake City.

Kitty Cameo: In one scene an older woman named Agnes (Janice Knickrehm) is seen coming home after a long night of waitressing. A small cream-colored tabby is seen sitting in a chair.

Absence of the Good - cream colored tabby cat in chair

Agnes calls to the cat from the kitchen then hears a noise. She walks into the other room and the sound of her being hit is heard. The cat crouches down further into the chair.

Absence of the Good - cream colored tabby cat still in chair

Absence of the Good - cream colored tabby cat crouches down in chair

Later Caleb is looking around the house for clues. He walks out back and then opens the door to the cellar. The cat bolts out in a classic spring-loaded cat moment.

Absence of the Good - cream colored tabby cat running out of cellar

Absence of the Good - cream colored tabby cat running out of cellar animated gif

Final Mewsings: Apparently cats hide in cellars during hurricanes and murder sprees.

Many thanks to Nick Wale for letting us know about the cat in this movie!


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The Noose Hangs High (1948)

The Noose Hangs High poster

Abbott & Costello Productions Inc.
Starring:
 Lou Costello, Bud Abbott
Directed by: Charles Barton

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

Synopsis: Ted (Bud Abbott) and Tommy (Lou Costello) are a couple of window washers who accidentally get mixed up with criminals.

Kitty Cameo: In the opening scene of the film Tommy has a toothache and comes up with an elaborate way to pull his tooth. He ties a piece of string to the tooth and the other end to a dog. He also ties a string to a crate holding a Siamese cat.

The Noose Hangs High - Tommy Lou Costello tying string to dog with Siamese cat in crate

The Noose Hangs High - Siamese cat in crate

Tommy sits some distance away and pulls on the one string, lifting the crate up so the cat runs out. The dog chases the cat, of course, but the tooth doesn’t give and Tommy ends up running all over the yard being pulled by the dog.

The Noose Hangs High - Siamese cat runs out of crate as dog watches

The Noose Hangs High - Siamese cat being chased by dog followed by Tommy Lou Costello running through clothes

The plan doesn’t work and Tommy just gets slammed around for his trouble.

The Noose Hangs High - Siamese cat being chased by dog followed by Tommy Lou Costello running into doghouse

Final Mewsings: Cats usually charge reasonable dental fees.

Many thanks to Ted Davis for spotting this cat for us!


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Plots with a View (2002)

Undertaking Betty poster

Also Known As: Undertaking Betty
Snowfall Films
Starring:
 Alfred Molina, Brenda Blethyn
Directed by: Nick Hurran

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

Synopsis: Betty (Brenda Blethyn) finds herself in a loveless marriage and longs to be with her almost childhood sweetheart Boris (Alfred Molina) so the two hatch a plot to use Boris’ skills as an undertaker to fake her death.

Featured Felines: While missing out on childhood love, Boris and Betty continued to have similar likes as they grew, one of them being ballroom dancing. Boris owns a male tuxedo cat named Fred and Betty owns a female ginger named, of course, Ginger. The film opens with Fred and Ginger walking down the street together towards their respective homes.

Undertaking Betty - tuxedo cat Fred and tabby Ginger walking down street

Each cat goes into their home, Fred to the small mortuary parlor and Ginger to the palatial mansion.

Undertaking Betty - tuxedo cat Fred approaching Plots funeral parlor

Undertaking Betty - tabby Ginger entering through door of mansion

Each cat jumps onto their owner’s bed.

Undertaking Betty - tuxedo cat Fred jumping onto bed

Undertaking Betty - tabby Ginger jumping onto bed with Betty Brenda Blethyn

Undertaking Betty - tuxedo cat Fred lying on bed

Undertaking Betty - tabby Ginger lying on bed

Fred tries to get Boris to get up by nudging his face.

Undertaking Betty - tuxedo cat Fred nudging face of Boris Alfred Molina

Both cats manage to rouse their owners out of bed.

Undertaking Betty - tabby Ginger waking up Betty Brenda Blethyn

Undertaking Betty - tuxedo cat Fred waking up Boris Alfred Molina

Both cats are then fed by their owners.

Undertaking Betty - tuxedo cat Fred going downstairs with Boris

Undertaking Betty - tabby Ginger being fed by Betty Brenda Blethyn

Undertaking Betty - tuxedo cat Fred eating by Boris Alfred Molina

Kitty Carnage Warning!  When Betty’s husband Hugh (Robert Pugh) leaves the house he stops to punt kick Ginger. Fortunately it is clear a fake cat was used for this quick shot.

Undertaking Betty - fake stuffed tabby Ginger before being kicked

The cats are only seen occassionally after this and there are more scenes of Boris with Fred than of Betty with Ginger.

Undertaking Betty - Betty Brenda Blethyn sitting at table with tabby Ginger in her lap

Undertaking Betty - Boris Alfred Molina and Betty Brenda Blethyn with tuxedo cat Fred on table between them

Very fortunately when Boris and Betty do run away at the end and are seen dancing on the deck of a cruise ship, Fred and Ginger are seen running across the deck and up onto a railing together via the use of green screen (which was used for this entire final scenario).

Undertaking Betty - Boris Alfred Molina and Betty Brenda Blethyn dancing on deck of cruise ship with tuxedo cat Fred and tabby Ginger running behind them

Undertaking Betty - tuxedo cat Fred and tabby Ginger walking jumping onto ship's railing

Final Mewsings: Kick the cat is the exact opposite of the save the cat writing ploy.


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Trapeze (1956)

Trapeze poster

Warner Bros.
Starring:
 Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Gina Lollobrigida
Directed by: Carol Reed

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

Synopsis: Mike Ribble (Burt Lancaster) is a crippled trapeze artist who comes out of retirement to help a young up-and-comer named Tino Orsini (Tony Curtis) learn his skills but a woman named Lola (Gina Lollobrigida) breaks into their act and threatens to ruin everything.

Purr Blurs: After failing to seduce Mike, Lola turns her attention to Tino. As they are walking out of the circus tent a grey cat is seen sleeping in the foreground while a group of mice run around the circus ring. This is probably meant to be symbolic of Mike’s being unaware of Lola finding a new target.

Trapeze - cat sleeping on circus ring with mice in ring

The cat seems strangely unreal, almost looking like a statue. It’s possible since the cat needed to be asleep throughout the scene that they may have used a fake cat instead?

Trapeze - cat sleeping on circus ring with Tino Tony Curtis and Lola Gina Lollobrigida in background

Later Lola and Mike have an intense discussion. Lola walks away down a dark street. A tuxedo cat can just be seen in the background running away.

Trapeze - tuxedo cat running on dark street with Lola Gina Lollobrigida

Trapeze - tuxedo cat still running on dark street with Lola Gina Lollobrigida

Final Mewsings: Fake cats are no substitute for the real thing!

Many thanks to Ted Davis for spotting the quick tuxedo cat for us!


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