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Mansion for Cats (1964)

British Pathé

Synopsis: Newsreel footage shows Miss Nancy Morton of Tarvin, Cheshire, as she cares for sixty-five cats in her home.

Reality Cats: The many cats around Miss Norton’s home are seen being fed by Miss Norton and members of her household.

multiple cats being fed on lawn by women and boy

The narrator explains how Miss Nancy Morton was secretary of the RSPCA but couldn’t stand to destroy any cats and so took them home to care for them.

Miss Nancy Morton feeding cat

multiple cats being fed on lawn by women and boy

The cats are seen both inside and outside the home.

three cats on outdoor shelf

tuxedo cat in basket

white cat with kitten in mouth in box on chair

Final Mewsings: Cat ladies may be eccentric but have hearts of gold.


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One Missed Call (2008)

One Missed Call poster

Alcon Entertainment
Starring:
 Shannyn Sossamon, Meagan Good
Directed by: Eric Valette

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

Synopsis: American remake of the Japanese horror film Chakushin ari. A group of friends start received voice messages on their phones which are recorded at the time of their own deaths.

One Missed Call - Egyptian Mau cat sitting by pond

Kitty Cameo: At the beginning of the film a woman named Shelley (Meagan Good) is sitting outside her home. A beautiful Egyptian Mau cat is sitting on the table beside her. The cat then jumps down from the table.

One Missed Call - Shelley Meagan Good in Japanese garden with Egyptian Mau cat

One Missed Call - Shelley Meagan Good sitting at table with Egyptian Mau cat

One Missed Call - Shelley Meagan Good sitting at table with Egyptian Mau cat

Shelley hears the cat meow and sees it over by the pond. A moment later the cat is gone.

One Missed Call - Egyptian Mau cat sitting by pond

Going to investigate, Shelley looks into the water for the cat. But the cat is now across the pond from her.

One Missed Call - Egyptian Mau cat on other side of pond

The cat screeches as a hand reaches up out of the water and pulls Shelley in.

One Missed Call - Egyptian Mau cat screeching close up

Kitty Carnage Warning!  The cat sits looking at the water nervously. A moment later the hand reaches out and grabs the cat by the neck and pulls it in. This was likely achieved with CGI effects.

One Missed Call - Egyptian Mau cat sitting by pond

One Missed Call - Egyptian Mau cat sitting by pond

One Missed Call - Egyptian Mau cat sitting by pond being grabbed by throat

Final Mewsings: No wonder cats don’t like water!


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The Squid and the Whale (2005)

The Squid and the Whale poster

Samuel Goldwyn Films
Starring:
 Jeff Daniels, Jesse Eisenberg, Owen Kline
Directed by: Noah Baumbach

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

Synopsis: Walt (Jesse Eisenberg) and Frank Berkman (Owen Kline) are brothers who find themselves facing the uprooting consequences of their parents’ bitter divorce.

Kitty Cameo: When the parents Bernard (Jeff Daniels) and Joan (Laura Linney) call a family meeting to tell the boys about their separation, the boys ask what will happen to the cat. The long-haired gray cat is seen briefly. After this the presence of the cat is implied when various members are seen with a cat carrier which may or may not have actually contained the cat actor.

The Squid and the Whale - long-haired gray cat lying against wall

Later Bernard gets in a fight with Joan and demands the boys come with him. Frank does not want to leave but brings the cat to Walt to take.

The Squid and the Whale - long-haired gray cat being carried by Frank Owen Kline

The Squid and the Whale - long-haired gray cat being handed away by Frank Owen Kline

The cat slips out of Walt’s hands and runs down the steps before ducking under a parked car.

The Squid and the Whale - long-haired gray cat running down steps

Bernard runs out and reaches under the car, barely getting a hold of the cat. Just then he sees he is getting a ticket for double parking and loses his grip and the cat runs away. The cat is later mentioned but not seen again.

The Squid and the Whale - Bernard Jeff Daniels reaching for long-haired gray cat under parked car

The Squid and the Whale - Bernard Jeff Daniels losing grip on long-haired gray cat under parked car

Even though the cat has such a small role in the film he is still present on the movie’s poster.

The Squid and the Whale - movie poster which includes cat

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t like it when people put them in the middle of their fights.


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Amanda & the Alien (1995)

Amanda & the Alien poster

IRS Media
Starring:
 Nicole Eggert, Alex Meneses
Directed by: Jon Kroll

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

Synopsis: Amanda Patterson (Nicole Eggert) is a struggling artist who tries to help a shape-shifting, man-eating alien elude the authorities.

Kitty Cameo: After meeting the alien, who is in the guise of a woman named Connie (Alex Meneses), Amanda offers to bring her home. As they pull up to the house, get out of the car and walk towards the house a black cat runs across the driveway and waits on the front step.

Amanda & the Alien - black cat running across driveway

Amanda & the Alien - black cat waiting on front step

The alien spies the cat, who hisses at her.

Amanda & the Alien - black cat hissing close up

Amanda & the Alien - black cat hissing at alien Connie Alex Meneses animated gif

Amanda quickly intervenes, explaining the cat is a house pet and not for eating. The cat is mentioned in regards to food after this but is not seen again.

Amanda & the Alien - Amanda Nicole Eggert petting black cat on front step

Amanda & the Alien - Amanda Nicole Eggert petting black cat on front step

Final Mewsings: Cats want food, they don’t want to be food.


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Coma (1978)

Coma poster

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Starring:
 Geneviève Bujold, Michael Douglas
Directed by: Michael Crichton

Synopsis: Based on the novel by Robin Cook. Dr. Susan Wheeler (Geneviève Bujold) becomes convinced that something sinister is happening at her hospital where patients are inexplicably slipping into comas.

Purr Blur: In the middle of the film Susan and Dr. Mark Bellows (Michael Douglas) are spending a relaxing day together by the seaside. They stop to look into the window of an antique store where a tuxedo cat is making itself comfortable in a chair.

Coma - tuxedo cat in chair in antique store window with Susan Geneviève Bujold and Mark Michael Douglas

Coma - tuxedo cat in chair in antique store window with Susan Geneviève Bujold and Mark Michael Douglas

Final Mewsings: The cat is not for sale!

Many thanks to Nick Wale for spotting the quick kitty in this film!


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