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The Cat Creeps (1946)

The Cat Creeps poster

Universal Pictures
Starring:
 Frederick Brady, Iris Clive
Directed by: Erle C. Kenton

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

Synopsis: A remake of the 1930 film which is considered lost. A standard whodunnit with a group of people trying to solve a murder on a Key West island with the help of a black cat.

The Cat Creeps - black cat hissing

Featured Feline: The titular black cat is first seen as a still in the opening credits, simply sitting and not creeping.

The Cat Creeps - black cat silhouette in window under director's credit

The cat belongs to Cora Williams (Vera Lewis), an elderly woman living alone in the house on the island.

The Cat Creeps - Cora Williams Vera Lewis with black cat in chair

Newspaperman Terry Nichols (Frederick Brady) has been sent to investigate a previous suicide which Cora has written and claimed was actually a murder over a sum of $200,000. A group of interested people arrive on the island with him and Cora is nervous at their approach.

The Cat Creeps - Cora Williams Vera Lewis with black cat

After the people arrive Cora is attacked by someone and the cat hisses at them.

The Cat Creeps - black cat hissing

The cat is later seen by the group and Connie (Rose Hobart) reacts with fear, saying she hates cats. She is tormented by the presence of the cat throughout the film.

The Cat Creeps - black cat by dresser

The Cat Creeps - black cat by dresser

As the mystery deepens the group is suddenly visited by a mysterious woman named Kyra (Iris Clive) who claims she has been summoned to find Cora’s killer and that the cat will point out the murderer.

The Cat Creeps - Krya Iris Clive with black cat

Throughout the film the cat is seen in the arms of Kyra.

The Cat Creeps - Krya Iris Clive and Pidge Noah Beery Jr. with black cat

The Cat Creeps - Krya Iris Clive with black cat

At one point the cat enters Connie’s room with Kyra not too far behind. Terrified by the cat, Connie is about to confess who the killer is when she is murdered.

The Cat Creeps - black cat enters Connie Rose Hobart room

The Cat Creeps - Krya Iris Clive with black cat and Connie Rose Hobart

It is clear that Kyra and Terry are working together using the cat to pinpoint the killer.

The Cat Creeps - Krya Iris Clive and Terry Frederick Brady with black cat

The Cat Creeps - black cat sniffing at paper

The whereabouts of the money is much debated and most think it is in a dollhouse in the basement. The black cat is seen going into the dollhouse several times.

The Cat Creeps - black cat walking into dollhouse

In the end the killer tries to kill the cat but is stopped and revealed.

The Cat Creeps - black cat yowling in dollhouse

The Cat Creeps - black cat in dollhouse

The cat’s supernatural powers are shown to be false and Terry explains the cat was just acting naturally the whole time. It is then revealed the cat has a litter of kittens inside the dollhouse.

The Cat Creeps - black cat in dollhouse with kittens

Final Mewsings: Cats can solve crimes.


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Jinxed! (1982)

Jinxed! poster

MGM/UA Entertainment Company
Starring:
 Bette Midler, Ken Wahl, Rip Torn
Directed by: Don Siegel

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

Synopsis: Harold Benson (Rip Torn) has a jinx on blackjack dealer Willie Brodax (Ken Wahl) and a hold on his browbeaten girlfriend Bonita Friml (Bette Midler), so Bonita inducts Willie in her scheme to solve both of their problems.

Featured Feline: Bonita owns an adorable black cat named Angus who is seen throughout the film. Angus is first seen in the truck with Bonita and Harold. Angus jumps over Harold’s shoulder and the man attacks the cat, screaming at Bonita for having him in the truck with them instead of back in their trailer.

Jinxed! - black cat Angus jumping on Harold Rip Torn in truck

Angus is seen with Bonita inside the trailer for much of the film.

Jinxed! - black cat Angus sitting with Bonita Bette Midler in trailer

Jinxed! - black cat Angus lying upon Bonita Bette Midler in trailer

Bonita clings to Angus nervously as Willie visits the trailer.

Jinxed! - Bonita Bette Midler clutching black cat Angus in trailer

Jinxed! - Bonita Bette Midler clutching black cat Angus in trailer with Willie Ken Wahl

Jinxed! - Bonita Bette Midler clutching black cat Angus in trailer looking at Willie Ken Wahl working on car

Harold treats Bonita roughly as Angus watches. Angus meows several times, as if in protest, and Harold tells him to shut up.

Jinxed! - black cat Angus sitting in trailer

Kitty Carnage Warning! Harold finally gets fed up and throws his boot at Angus, who is thrown into the wall behind. This was done with clever cutting, as the cat actor was probably tossed back towards the wall but not hurt.

Jinxed! - black cat Angus thrown against wall

Having planned with Willie to kill Harold, Bonita first feeds Angus.

Jinxed! - Bonita Bette Midler feeding black cat Angus

They watch as Harold comes home after gambling.

Jinxed! - Bonita Bette Midler and black cat Angus looking out trailer window

Angus steals the show in the cutest way by being very cat-like while Bonita and Willie deal with the deceased Harold.

Jinxed! - black cat Angus upside down

Jinxed! - black cat Angus upside down animated gif

Jinxed! - black cat Angus close up

Jinxed! - black cat Angus sitting up animated gif

Following the plan, Willie drives the truck and trailer to a remote area to dump them over a cliff. What they forgot about was Angus, who having endured a bumpy ride up the mountain is desperate to escape and jumps on Willie in his mad dash out.

Jinxed! - black cat Angus running through trailer and jumping on Willie Ken Wahl animated gif

Realizing she has forgotten Angus, Bonita goes to the crash site and finds the cat, a bit scruffy but not much worse for wear.

Jinxed! - black cat Angus scruffy outside

Jinxed! - Bonita picking up scruffy black cat Angus

Bonita is then sent on a wild goose chase by the deceased Harold who was left her notes. As she drives to the various locations Angus is with her.

Jinxed! - black cat Angus sitting on dashboard with Bonita Bette Midler

Jinxed! - black cat Angus petted on dashboard by Bonita Bette Midler

Jinxed! - black cat Angus in bag held by Bonita Bette Midler

Finally ending up in the ghost town of Bodie, Bonita is desperate to leave but Angus jumps out of the car and runs into an old school room.

Jinxed! - black cat Angus running to school house

Jinxed! - black cat Angus hiding

There Bonita deciphers the message. Sadly this is the last time we see Angus in the film.

Jinxed! - black cat Angus sitting in school house with Bonita Bette Midler

Final Mewsings: Why oh why was Angus left out of the final shot??


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Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

Little Shop of Horrors poster

The Geffen Company
Starring:
 Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene
Directed by: Frank Oz

Synopsis: Based on the popular musical stageplay which was based on the cult classic film by Roger Corman. Seymour Krelborn (Rick Moranis) is a nerdy botanical hobbyist who gains fame and fortune from a wish-granting, carnivorous plant named Audrey II.

Kitty Cameo: At the beginning of the film the girl singers are singing the theme song. At one point a black cat is seen looking startled as lightning flashes and thunder crashes.

Little Shop of Horrors - black cat in street

Little Shop of Horrors - black cat in street lit by lightning

Final Mewsings: Cats are either startled by lightning or by girl singers.

Many thanks to Nick Wale for spotting this quick kitty!


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Iubeste-ma (2016)

Music Artist: Iulia Dumitrache

Synopsis: The official video for the Bucharest singer’s single, which translates into Love Me.

Kitty Cameo: An adorable small black kitten is seen several times throughout the video.

Iulia Dumitrache - Iubesta-ma - black kitten preening

Iulia Dumitrache - Iubesta-ma - black kitten sitting

Iulia Dumitrache - Iubesta-ma - black kitten between man and Iulia

Iulia Dumitrache - Iubesta-ma - black kitten with face against man with Iulia

Iulia Dumitrache - Iubesta-ma - black kitten pushing away man with Iulia

Final Mewsings: Black cats bring good luck and love!

Many thanks to The Horror Cats for spotting this black kitty!


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Mourning Turned Into Joy (1923)

British Pathé

Synopsis: Newsreel footage covers the miraculous return to Grimsby of the trawler Sargon to port when the ship and its men were thought to be lost in the Arctic sea.

Reality Cats: The returning crew of the ship are seen on deck. Two men in the group are holding black cats.

Mourning Turned Into joy - newsreel footage of crew of Sargon trawler with Skipper McCarthy holding black cat

Mourning Turned Into joy - newsreel footage of crew of Sargon trawler with man holding a black cat

A caption then introduces the first man as Skipper McCarthy who is holding up the ship’s mascot, the black cat!

Mourning Turned Into joy - newsreel footage of crew of Sargon trawler with Skipper McCarthy holding black cat mascot

Final Mewsings: Who said black cats were bad luck?


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