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The Sum of All Fears (2002)

The Sum of All Fears poster

Paramount Pictures
Starring:
 Ben Affleck, Bridget Moynahan
Directed by: Phil Alden Robinson

Synopsis: Based on the novel by Tom Clancy. Jack Ryan (Ben Affleck) is called in by the CIA to share intelligence about the new Soviet President and gets caught up in a plot to pit the U.S. against Russia in a nuclear war.

Kitty Cameo: In one scene Jack’s girlfriend, Dr. Catherine Muller (Bridget Moynahan) is waiting for Jack to come over for dinner. A tabby cat with white paws and breast is preening itself on her bed when Jack calls to say he won’t be coming.

The Sum of All Fears - tabby cat preening on bed

The Sum of All Fears - tabby cat still preening on bed

Final Mewsings: Cats still preen whether or not guests are coming.

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


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Route 66 – “Shadows of an Afternoon”

Route 66 Season Three DVD

Original Air Date: May 17, 1963
Starring: Martin Milner, Glenn Corbett, Miriam Hopkins
Directed by: Elliot Silverstein

Synopsis: Tod (Martin Milner) and Linc (Glenn Corbett) are living in Florida when an older neighbor named Leona Bowers (Miriam Hopkins) accuses Linc of hurting a dog.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): In the beginning of the episode the dog, a dachsund whose name is Billie Jo, is seen running along a sidewalk and stops in front of a chain link fence surrounding a yard where two little girls are playing jacks. A large ginger tabby cat is lying on the lawn.

Route 66 - Shadows of an Afternoon - tabby cat on lawn behind chain link fence with two girls

Route 66 - Shadows of an Afternoon - tabby cat lying on lawn

Billie Jo barks at the cat, whose name we later learn is Thomas. Thomas looks hot and miserable and just meows back pitifully.

Route 66 - Shadows of an Afternoon - tabby cat meowing on lawn

Route 66 - Shadows of an Afternoon - tabby cat meowing on lawn animated gif

When Billie Jo barks more, Thomas gets fed up and snaps at him (in truth the cat barely moves). The dog turns and runs away back down the sidewalk.

Route 66 - Shadows of an Afternoon - tabby cat moving on lawn

Route 66 - Shadows of an Afternoon - tabby cat on lawn scares Dachsund way animated gif

Later after Linc has been accused of hurting the dog, Tod is walking door to door looking for anyone who can shed some light on how Billie Jo was actually injured. He pauses in front of the yard where the two little girls are again playing and Thomas is spread out on the lawn.

Route 66 - Shadows of an Afternoon - Tod Martin Milner stopping in front of yard with tabby cat on lawn and two girls

As Tod turns to enter the yard, the cat is rolling on his back.

Route 66 - Shadows of an Afternoon - Tod Martin Milner walking in front of yard with tabby cat rolling on lawn and two girls

By the time Tod is inside the yard approaching the girls Thomas is making for the shade. For those interested, Thomas didn’t hurt Billie Jo directly, either. The dog’s injuries were caused by an accident.

Route 66 - Shadows of an Afternoon - tabby cat heading to shade on lawn with two girls

It is very likely that this is cat actor Orangey in one of his many television roles.

Route 66 - Shadows of an Afternoon - tabby cat possibly Orangey on lawn

Final Mewsings: Animal actors don’t like working in the hot sun.


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Stay (I Missed You) (1994)

Music Artist: Lisa Loeb

Synopsis: Lisa Loeb sings her video in an apartment set in two continuous takes.

Kitty Cameo: The video begins with a shot of a gray and white cat on a chair. As the camera pans back to reveal Lisa to one side, the cat jumps off the chair and moves away.

Stay (I Miss You) - Lisa Loeb - gray and white cat sitting on chair

Stay (I Miss You) - Lisa Loeb - gray and white cat jumping off chair

Later the cat is seen again on a window sill. It has been reported that the cat belonged to the video’s director, actor Ethan Hawke.

Stay (I Miss You) - Lisa Loeb - gray and white cat on windowsill near Lisa Loeb

Final Mewsings: A cat is a great way to start a music video!


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Cat and Mice (1958)

British Pathé

Synopsis: Newsreel footage shows a young boy with his pet mice who are paid a visit by the neighbor’s cat named Debby.

Reality Cat: The little boy is eight-year-old Theodore Bucher who, as the narrator explains, has a talent for making friends with animals. He is seen playing with numerous mice on a table. The neighbor girl then enters carrying an adorable white cat with black markings named Debby.

Cat and Mice - black and white cat Debby carried in door by little girl

The girl lets Debby jump on the table with the mice.

Cat and Mice - black and white cat Debby on table with mice and boy and girl

Debby is then seen eating from a saucer of food with the mice around her.

Cat and Mice - black and white cat Debby eating food from plate with mice

Debby then plays with the mice, getting only slightly rough, before eating another saucer of food another girl brings. This time the mice appear to be sharing in Debby’s food.

Cat and Mice - black and white cat Debby playing with mice

Cat and Mice - black and white cat Debby playing with mice

Cat and Mice - black and white cat Debby on table with mice and boy and girls

Cat and Mice - black and white cat Debby eating food from plate with mice

Debby continues to paw at the mice although she is probably sluggish from all the food.

Cat and Mice - black and white cat Debby on table with mice

Cat and Mice - black and white cat Debby on table with mice

Final Mewsings: Debby probably would have wanted mice for dessert if she hadn’t been so full!


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The General’s Daughter (1999)

The General's Daughter poster

Paramount Pictures
Starring:
 John Travolta, Madeleine Stowe, James Woods
Directed by: Simon West

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

Synopsis: Paul Brenner (John Travolta) is an undercover detective working on a case at a military base when the General’s daughter is murdered and he steps in to investigate.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): One of the suspects is Colonel Moore (James Woods) and Paul and fellow detective Sara (Madeleine Stowe) go to his house to question him. When they arrive a long-haired ginger cat jumps on a table then jumps down when Paul approaches.

The General's Daughter - long-haired ginger cat on table

The General's Daughter - long-haired ginger cat on table in foreground with Paul John Travolta in background

Later in the film Paul and Sara return to Moore’s home to hear the stereo blasting inside. There is some movement around the window blinds and as they watch the cat appears, pawing at the window and smearing blood on the pane.

The General's Daughter - long-haired ginger cat smearing blood on window

The General's Daughter - long-haired ginger cat smearing blood on window animated gif

The General's Daughter - long-haired ginger cat behind bloody window

Paul and Sara force their way into the house and see bloody paw prints everywhere. As they walk through the house, the cat runs ahead, leading them to the body of Moore lying in a pool of blood on the couch, having apparently shot himself.

The General's Daughter - long-haired ginger cat running through house

The General's Daughter - long-haired ginger cat following bloody prints

The General's Daughter - long-haired ginger cat running through house

The General's Daughter - long-haired ginger cat turning corner in house

The General's Daughter - long-haired ginger cat standing in front of couch with dead and bloody Colonel Moore James Woods

As Moore’s body is taken away, the cat is loaded into a cage and removed from the scene.

The General's Daughter - long-haired ginger cat being put into carrying cage

Final Mewsings: Why was the cat being arrested?

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


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