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Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (1999)

Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo poster

Happy Madison Productions
Starring:
  Rob Schneider, Arija Bareikis, Dina Platias
Directed by: Mike Mitchell

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

Synopsis: Deuce Bigalow (Rob Schnieder) is a fish tank maintenance man who falls into misadventure when he decides to try his hand at being a gigolo.

Kitty Cameo: In the course of the movie Deuce falls for a girl named Kate (Arija Bareikis) and meets her at her house one day. Kate has a newly blind roommate named Bergita (Dina Platias) who is first seen holding a slipper. A long-haired multi-colored cat is on the counter behind her.

Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo - Bergita Dina Platias on chair petting slipper with long-haired cat on counter behind

Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo - Bergita Dina Platias on chair petting slipper with long-haired cat Cassie on counter behind

After saying hello, Bergita says she is worried about the cat Cassie. Kate then takes away the slipper and puts Cassie the cat into Bergita’s lap.

Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo - Bergita Dina Platias on chair petting slipper with long-haired cat Cassie on counter behind

Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo - Kate Arija Bareikis handing Bergita Dina Platias long-haired cat Cassie

Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo - Kate Arija Bareikis with happy Bergita Dina Platias holding long-haired cat Cassie

Later Deuce and Kate want to make love but Deuce breaks the chain on the lamp and has to find a chair to reach the broken part. He enters the kitchen where Cassie is sitting on a stool. Cassie jumps to the floor as Deuce takes the stool. This might have been a set up for a joke to follow that never happens.

Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo - long-haired cat Cassie on stool with Deuce Bigalow Rob Schneider

Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo - long-haired cat Cassie about to jump off stool with Deuce Bigalow Rob Schneider

Cassie the cat only appears one more time as Kate is telling Deuce to go away. Bergita is in the kitchen breaking eggs and accidentally dumps one of them on Cassie’s head. According to the Animal Humane Association the egg was gently dropped on the cat by its trainer and it was immediately wiped off.

Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo - long-haired cat Cassie sneering after egg is dropped on her head

Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo - long-haired cat Cassie looking down at broken egg on floor

Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo - long-haired cat Cassie looking up

The cat actor appears to be Pearl in the first scene and / or possibly Elvis in other scenes.

Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo - Bergita Dina Platias dropping broken egg on head of long-haired cat Cassie animated gif

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t like having egg on their face.


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Bob – “Drawing a Blank”

Bob DVD

Original Air Date: September 15, 1992
Starring: Bob Newhart, Carlene Watkins
Directed by: Michael Zinberg

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

Synopsis: Bob McKay (Newhart) starts his new job drawing Mad Dog comic books with co-creator Harlan Stone (John Cygan) but they end up struggling with writer’s block.

Kitty Cameo: In the opening scene Bob’s wife Kaye (Carlene Watkins) calls the cat Otto down to breakfast by shaking a box of dry cat food. Otto runs down the stairs and enters the kitchen. A moment later Kaye shakes a box of cereal and calls Bob down to breakfast. When he comes down the stairs he sighs, “You’d think I could at least be first.”

Bob - Drawing a Blank - cat Otto running down stairs

Bob - Drawing a Blank - cat Otto running into kitchen

Bob - Drawing a Blank - cat Otto running down stairs and through kitchen door animated gif

Final Mewsings: Cats and husbands heed the call of food.

Many thanks to Stevie Holcomb for letting us know about Otto in this series!


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Golden Boy (1939)

Golden Boy poster

Columbia Pictures Corporation
Starring:
 William Holden, Barbara Stanwyck, Lee J. Cobb
Directed by: Rouben Mamoulian

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

Synopsis: Joe Bonaparte (William Holden) finds he has a talent for boxing but it conflicts with his talent for playing the violin.

Cat Cattle Call: Joe’s father (Lee J. Cobb) owns a delicatessen and store in front of the family home. In most of the scenes in and around the home and store there are cats, starting with the first scene in the home. Mr. Bonaparte takes his friend to see the expensive violin he has bought for his son. A cat is sitting on the dresser and jumps down, then is seen wandering around in the background.

Golden Boy - calico cat on dresser with Mr. Bonaparte Lee J. Cobb

Golden Boy - calico cat on floor behind Mr. Bonaparte Lee J. Cobb

Another cat sits in Mr. Bonaparte’s lap and is petted during a scene in front of the store in which he talks to family and friends.

Golden Boy - tabby cat on lap of Mr. Bonaparte Lee J. Cobb outside store

Golden Boy - tabby cat on lap of Mr. Bonaparte Lee J. Cobb outside store

Golden Boy - tabby cat on lap of Mr. Bonaparte Lee J. Cobb outside store

Golden Boy - tabby cat on lap of Mr. Bonaparte Lee J. Cobb outside store

Golden Boy - tabby cat jumping off lap of Mr. Bonaparte Lee J. Cobb outside store

During a dramatic scene between Joe and his papa a cat is present in the alley behind the store.

Golden Boy - cat on crate in alley

Golden Boy - cat on crate in alley with Mr. Bonaparte Lee J. Cobb

Later in the film Joe returns and two cats are sitting on the fence in the alley. One of the cats jumps down and runs away as soon as Joe appears, but the other stays put even when Joe jumps over the fence.

Golden Boy - cats on fence one jumping down with Joe Bonaparte William Holden

Golden Boy - Joe Bonaparte William Holden jumping over fence by cat

Golden Boy - Joe Bonaparte William Holden in alley with cat behind him

Finally a cat is sitting on the table to one side eating as the family enjoys a meal together.

Golden Boy - family eating with cat on side table

Final Mewsings: Back fence cats know how to fight and make music.


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Mickey’s Good Deed (1932)

Mickey's Good Deed poster

Walt Disney Productions
Starring:
 Walt Disney, Pinto Colvig
Directed by: Burt Gillett

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

Synopsis:  Mickey Mouse and Pluto are cold and hungry at Christmas but sacrifice everything to do a good deed.

Cartoon Cats: After witnessing a spoiled boy at a mansion, Mickey and Pluto stumble upon the small home of a poor Mama Cat who is crying. She has an open and empty pocketbook next to her and her husband is pictured on the wall in a prison uniform.

Mickey's Good Deed - Mama cat crying at table

Mickey's Good Deed - picture of inmate Father Cat

In the bed, numerous kittens are sleeping and dreaming of Santa’s arrival.

Mickey's Good Deed - kittens in bed dreaming of Santa

Mickey's Good Deed - kittens in bed dreaming of Santa animated gif

Mickey feels sorry for the kittens and decides to sell Pluto to the rich kid to get money to buy toys. He sneaks back to the cats’ house with a Santa hat on and lifts the sheet of the bed to reveal even more kittens sleeping beneath.

Mickey's Good Deed - Mickey Mouse looking at multiple kittens lying in bed

Mickey leaves tons of toys and tries to sneak out but makes some noise which awakens the kittens.

Mickey's Good Deed - excited kittens sitting up in bed

The kittens waste no time in playing with their new gifts.

Mickey's Good Deed - kittens playing with new toys

Mickey's Good Deed - kittens playing with new toys animated gif

Final Mewsings: It’s not too many people who would sell their dog to help some cats.


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Snow Cat (1998)

National Film Board of Canada
Narrated by:
 Maureen Stapleton
Directed by: Sheldon Cohen

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

Synopsis: A grandmother tells a story about a girl named Elsie who lives alone in the frozen north until the North Wind creates a friend for her in the form of a snow cat.

Cartoon Cat: Snow Cat is a charming tale of a cat made of ice and snow who warms the heart of the young woman who befriends him.

Snow Cat - snow cat stretching

Snow Cat - snow cat smiling

Snow Cat - snow cat rolling on back

Snow Cat and Elsie become inseparable except when Elsie has to go inside her house. The North Wind warns her that she must never let Snow Cat inside her home, no matter what.

Snow Cat - snow cat and Elsie

Snow Cat - snow cat and Elsie side by side

Snow Cat - snow cat outside window with Elsie looking out

Snow Cat - snow cat sad outside window

One night Snow Cat disappears and Elsie goes looking for him. After finding him, they take a magical flight together.

Snow Cat - snow cat and Elsie flying

Kitty Carnage Warning!  Elsie can’t resist letting Snow Cat into her home, which has disastrous consequences. For the rest of the short Snow Cat is a frozen pond but remains a friend to Elsie. It’s heartbreaking and the short doesn’t quite recover from the loss but it’s well worth watching for the first half which any cat lover will appreciate.

Snow Cat - snow cat outside house with Elsie

Snow Cat - snow cat curled with Elsie inside

Final Mewsings: Cats usually like heat.


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