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Of Unknown Origin (1983)

Of Unknown Origin poster

Warner Bros.
Starring:
 Peter Weller, Jennifer Dale
Directed by: George P. Cosmatos

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

Synopsis: It’s man vs. rat as Bart Hughes (Peter Weller) becomes obsessed with the rat that has invaded his renovated New York brownstone.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): In one scene Bart is walking his assistant Lorrie (Jennifer Dale) to a taxi outside the home. A tabby and white cat can be seen in the background.

Of Unknown Origin - tabby and white cat on sidewalk behind Bart Peter Weller and Lorrie Jennifer Dale

After Lorrie leaves, Bart spots the cat and calls to it.

Of Unknown Origin - tabby and white cat outside brownstone

Bart picks up the cat and takes it inside, saying he’s going to put it to work.

Of Unknown Origin - Bart Peter Weller holding tabby and white cat outside brownstone

Of Unknown Origin - Bart Peter Weller holding tabby and white cat outside brownstone

Bart talks to the cat, petting it and trying to find something for it to eat. He jokingly suggests dried ketchup, a lime, a cucumber or a banana.

Of Unknown Origin - Bart Peter Weller holding tabby and white cat in kitchen

Of Unknown Origin - Bart Peter Weller holding tabby and white cat in kitchen

Of Unknown Origin - Bart Peter Weller holding up lime to tabby and white cat in kitchen

He finally gives the cat some two-week old oysters. He explains that he used to have a cat but that his wife sneezes so he can’t have one any more (his wife is out of town during the course of the film).

Of Unknown Origin - Bart Peter Weller holding tabby and white cat in kitchen

Of Unknown Origin - Bart Peter Weller feeding tabby and white cat in kitchen

When Bart goes across the street to get some supplies, the cat wanders around the home.

Of Unknown Origin - tabby and white cat walking down stairs

Of Unknown Origin - tabby and white cat at foot of stairs

Of Unknown Origin - tabby and white cat walking by couch

Little does the cat know the rat is watching!

Of Unknown Origin - rat watching tabby and white cat walking

Of Unknown Origin - rat watching tabby and white cat walking animated gif

Late at night the cat stalks around the house with the rat watching.

Of Unknown Origin - rat foot on top of table with tabby and white cat beneath

Bart is in for a rude awakening the next morning when he finds the cat torn to pieces on top of the refrigerator (we’ll spare you the screen grab!)

Of Unknown Origin - close up of tabby and white cat

Final Mewsings: The cat definitely does not want a cucumber!


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Georgia Rule (2007)

Georgia Rule poster

Morgan Creek Productions
Starring:
 Lindsay Lohan, Jane Fonda, Felicity Huffman
Directed by: Garry Marshall

Synopsis: A young troubled girl named Rachel (Lindsay Lohan) is sent to live with her grandmother Georgia (Jane Fonda) by her exasperated mother Lilly (Felicity Huffman) which leads to the opening of wounds both old and new.

Kitty Cameos: Some of the action takes place in a veterinarian’s office. In one scene several owners and their animals are seen waiting, including a woman with a cat.

Georgia Rule - pet owners sitting with pets in vet's office

Later another woman (Sarah Lilly) is waiting with her cat when Lilly comes in to talk to Simon (Dermot Mulroney). When the woman hears what Lilly wants to talk about she insists she’s in no hurry, that the cat is just pregnant again.

Georgia Rule - woman Sarah Lilly waiting with cat in vet's office

Georgia Rule - woman Sarah Lilly holding up cat in vet's office

Final Mewsings: Female cats have their troubles, too.


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Captain Hurricane (1935)

RKO Radio Pictures
Starring:
 James Barton, Helen Westley
Directed by: John Robertson

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

Synopsis: Short-tempered seaman Captain Zenas Henry Brewster (James Barton) tries to settle down for the sake of the woman he loves, Abbie Howland (Helen Westley).

Featured Feline: When we first see Zenas Henry calling on Abbie she is sitting in a rocking chair with a white cat named Puffy in her lap.

Captain Hurricane - Abbie Howland Helen Westley with white cat Puffy Whitey

When Zenas Henry knocks on her window, she stands up and Puffy jumps down to the floor.

Captain Hurricane - Abbie Howland Helen Westley with white cat Puffy Whitey in lap and Zenas Henry James Barton in window

Captain Hurricane - Abbie Howland Helen Westley setting white cat down Puffy Whitey in lap and Zenas Henry James Barton in window

Later Abbie agrees to move in part-time with Zenas Henry to keep house. Puffy accompanies her and stays until she takes him home with her.  Puffy mostly likes to sleep on the couch.

Captain Hurricane - white cat Puffy Whitey sleeping on couch behind Zenas Henry James Barton

Zenas Henry tries Abbie’s patience by allowing his sailor friends to visit and mess up the house. One time Abbie comes home to find the house a disaster. She goes to grab Puffy from the couch but the cat runs away from her.

Captain Hurricane - Abbie Howland Helen Westley approaches white cat down Puffy Whitey in couch

Captain Hurricane - Abbie Howland Helen Westley reaches for white cat Puffy Whitey who runs away animated gif

While Puffy is mentioned several times in the film, usually he is only seen in the background. It’s very likely this is prolifent cat actor Whitey who co-starred in several other RKO films.

Captain Hurricane - Abbie Howland Helen Westley standing with white cat down Puffy Whitey in background

Final Mewsings: Want a woman to love you? Love her cat!


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Corrina, Corrina (1994)

Corrina, Corrina poster

New Line Cinema
Starring:
 Whoopi Goldberg, Ray Liotta
Directed by: Jessie Nelson

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

Synopsis: Widower Manny Singer (Ray Liotta) finds himself at a distance from his young daughter Molly (Tina Majorino) until a new housekeeper named Corrina (Whoopi Goldberg) brings light back into their lives.

Purr Blur: In one scene Corrina is arriving at the mansion of Mrs. Werner (Sue Carlton) where she cleans. A white Angora cat named Pinky is outside and Mrs. Werner tries to catch it but the cat quickly slips by her without getting caught.

Corrina, Corrina - white Angora cat Pinky approaching stairs by Mrs. Werner Sue Carlton

Corrina, Corrina - white Angora cat Pinky running up stairs past Mrs. Werner Sue Carlton

Final Mewsings: Cats are not easy to catch.


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Rich and Strange (1931)

Rich and Strange DVD

Also Known As: East of Shanghai
British International Pictures (BIP)
Starring:
 Henry Kendall, Joan Barry
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

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

Synopsis: Dark comedy about a married couple, Fred and Emily Hill (Henry Kendall and Joan Barry) who receive an unexpected inheritence and decide that the key to happiness is travelling and living large.

Kitty Cameos: The Hills own a black cat. When Fred comes home after a bad day, he sees the cat sitting on the kitchen table eating something.

Rich and Strange - black cat eating on table

Kitty Carnage Warning: Fred angrily throws his newspaper at the cat to scare it away.

Rich and Strange - Fred Henry Kendall throws newspaper at black cat eating on table

Later in the film the Hills have run into a string of bad luck on their travels. They end up being trapped on a sinking ship with no one else on board. As they explore the parts of the ship not yet submerged, a cabin door starts to creak open. They are relieved when a black cat steps out.

Rich and Strange - black cat stepping through door on ship

The cat stands in front of them and then walks by them as they pass.

Rich and Strange - black cat standing in front of Fred Henry Kendall and Emily Joan Barry on ship

Rich and Strange - black cat walking towards Fred Henry Kendall and Emily Joan Barry on ship

The couple step into a lounge and help themselves to drinks. The cat jumps up on the bar with them.

Rich and Strange - black cat sitting on bar with Fred Henry Kendall and Emily Joan Barry on ship

There is a sudden jolt and the cat jumps off the bar. Emily has the presence of mind to grab the cat.

Rich and Strange - Emily Joan Barry grabs black cat

They run to the deck, Emily still holding the cat.

Rich and Strange - Fred Henry Kendall and Emily Joan Barry on deck of ship with black cat

Rich and Strange - Fred Henry Kendall and Emily Joan Barry still on deck of ship with black cat

A junk full of Chinese people pulls up to the ship and the men climb aboard the vessel to pillage it.

Rich and Strange - Fred Henry Kendall and Emily Joan Barry looking over railing of ship with black cat

Rich and Strange - Fred Henry Kendall and Emily Joan Barry looking confused on deck of ship with black cat

After the ship jolts again, Fred and Emily scramble onto the junk, Emily bringing the cat with her. The cat jumps down and disappears.

Rich and Strange - Fred Henry Kendall and Emily Joan Barry climbing onto junk with black cat

Politically Incorrect Kitty Carnage Warning! Some time later the Hills are enjoying the hospitality of the Chinese when they are giving bowls of stew. They comment on how good it is when one of the man pins a skin onto a wall. Of course it is the skin of the black cat, who has been made into the stew. Reportedly Hitchcock found this to be the funniest joke in the film.

Rich and Strange - black cat skin hanging on wall of junk

At the end of the film the couple returns home. Their place has been looked after and their black cat is sitting on the kitchen table again.

Rich and Strange - black cat sitting on table

Kitty Carnage Warning! This time Fred grabs the cat roughly by the scruff and puts it down on the floor.

Rich and Strange - black cat being grabbed by scruff on table

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t find people eating cats funny.


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