Tower Pictures Inc.
Starring: Franchot Tone, Jean Wallace
Directed by: Fletcher Markle
Cat Out of the Bag Alert! This review contains some spoilers for this film!
Synopsis: Assistant District Attorney Howard Malloy (Franchot Tone) sets out to uncover the people behind an extremist hate group and ends up involved with femme fatale Barbara Whitfield (Jean Wallace).
Kitty Cameo: At the beginning of the film a mysterious man is seen entering a print shop. A tuxedo cat is looking into and then jumps up onto a garbage can as the man passes.
Moments later shots ring out from the shop and the tuxedo cat runs away.
Featured Feline: After Barbara and Howard get to be closer during the course of the film, there is a scene where she is in a pet shop holding a long-haired black cat she intends to buy. The clerk informs Barbara that the cat’s name is Bennie, short for Benvenuto. Barbara says she used to have a cat called Hadrian the VII and they ended up calling him Harry. The clerk asks if that wasn’t the cat that Mr. Pemberton bought for her, which leads to an awkward moment.
When Howard asks what happened to Hadrian the VII she says she got tired of him. She then gets Howard to pay for Bennie and the clerk puts the cat into a very small carrier for her.
Barbara’s thug boyfriend Angelo Agostino (Marc Lawrence) expresses the fact he’s not happy with how cozy Barbara is getting to Howard. In the background Angelo’s bodyguard, Knuckles (George Breen) is holding and petting Bennie.
Angelo thens stops and pets the cat as well.
The scene match cuts to Howard holding and petting Bennie. He then sets the cat down.
A short time later Barbara is killed and the killer hears Bennie meowing. The cat is sitting nearby and the killer reaches for a poker but Bennie wisely runs away.
Kitty Cameo: While in the pet shop the clerk brings another light-colored long-haired cat over for Barbara to consider, but she wants Bennie.
Purr Blurs: There are also numerous cats playing in displays in the back of the pet shop.
Final Mewsings: Cats tend to run at the first sign of murder.
Many thanks to Ted Davis for letting us know about the cats in this movie.
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