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Ten Little Indians (1965)

Ten Little Indians poster

Seven Arts Pictures
Starring:
 Shirley Eaton, Leo Genn
Directed by: George Pollock

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

Synopsis: A retelling of the classic Agatha Christie story And Then There Were None. A group of people find themselves stranded at a remote ski resort with someone out to kill each and every one of them.

Kitty Cameo: A gray cat is on the premises and turns up occasionally, usually darting from one place to another when someone is about to be killed.

Ten Little Indians - gray cat running across floor

Ten Little Indians - gray cat running across cellar floor

Ten Little Indians - gray cat crouching beside wall

Ten Little Indians - gray cat coming through doorway

The guests explore the cellars to try to find the murderer. One man named General Mandrake (Leo Genn) comes across the gray cat and picks her up.

Ten Little Indians - General Mandrake Leo Genn and gray cat

Ten Little Indians - General Mandrake Leo Genn picking up gray cat

He then hears a noise and is suddenly confronted by someone with a knife.

Ten Little Indians - startled General Mandrake Leo Genn holding gray cat

Ten Little Indians - knife pointing at startled General Mandrake Leo Genn holding gray cat

Ten Little Indians - close up of shocked General Mandrake Leo Genn holding gray cat

General Mandrake is stabbed to death, even while still holding the cat! The cat doesn’t run away until the man falls to the ground.

The cat is seen more prominently at the end of the film when the mystery is solved. To show you all of the images of the cat would be to give the ending away.

Ten Little Indians - gray cat sitting on pool table

Ten Little Indians - gray cat sitting on lap and being petted

Ten Little Indians - gray cat sitting on pool table with remaining Indians on tray

Interestly enough, the cat is also featured in the movie’s trailer in footage not seen in the film itself.

Ten Little Indians - gray cat with Indians tray

Final Mewsings: You wouldn’t murder a man holding a cat, would you?


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Greyfriars Bobby: The True Story of a Dog (1961)

Greyfriars Bobby poster

Walt Disney Productions
Starring:
 Donald Crisp, Laurence Naismith
Directed by: Don Chaffey

Synopsis: The true story of a small dog in Scotland who stayed loyal to his master even after the man’s death.

Kitty Cameos: When Bobby goes to Edinburgh in search of his master he encounters a rather angry tortoiseshell cat on the street who hisses at him.

Greyfriars Bobby - tortoiseshell cat hissing

Greyfriars Bobby - tortoiseshell cat arching back

Greyfriars Bobby - angry tortoiseshell cat

Later after Bobby takes up residence in the Greyfriars cemetery, he spots a tuxedo cat one morning.

Greyfriars Bobby - tuxedo cat crouching by grave

Bobby chases the cat who takes refuge on a stone ledge above the ground where the dog can’t reach him (or her).

Greyfriars Bobby - tuxedo cat chased by dog Bobby

Greyfriars Bobby - tuxedo cat crouching on stone ledge

Final Mewsings: Scottish cats don’t tolerate dogs too well.

Many thanks to Ted Davis for letting us know about this movie.


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Dante’s Peak (1997)

Dante's Peak poster

Universal Pictures
Starring:
 Pierce Brosnan, Linda Hamilton
Directed by: Roger Donaldson

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

Synopsis: Volcano expert Harry Dalton (Pierce Brosnan) tries to warn a mountain town about the potential imminent eruption of their mountain but his warnings are heeded too late.

Purr Blur: When the volcano does inevitably erupt, the townspeople living below the mountain run around in a panic. A little girl is sitting on a porch crying as she holds a tiny tabby kitten.

Dante's Peak - crying girl holding orange tabby kitten when volcano erupts

Dante's Peak - crying girl holding orange tabby kitten when volcano erupts

Final Mewsings: Even kittens know you should run away from a volcano.

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


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Station West (1948)

Station West poster

RKO Radio Pictures
Starring:
 Dick Powell, Burl Ives
Directed by: Sidney Lanfield

Synopsis: John Haven (Dick Powell) is a U.S. Army Intelligence Investigator working undercover in a mining town to find the culprits behind a gold shipment robbery.

Kitty Cameo: The hotel clerk (Burl Ives) where Haven is staying is seen feeding a tabby cat from a saucer as a scene opens.

Station West - hotel clerk Burl Ives feeding tabby cat on counter

He picks up the cat and sets it down as Haven approaches.

Station West - hotel clerk Burl Ives picking up tabby cat from counter

Station West - hotel clerk Burl Ives picking up tabby cat from counter

Station West - hotel clerk Burl Ives picking up tabby cat from counter and setting it on floor animated gif

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t like it when undercover investigators interrupt their meal.


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Babylon Berlin – “Episode # 1.4”

Babylon Berlin poster

Original Air Date: October 13, 2017
Starring: Volker Bruch, Liv Lisa Fries
Directed by: Henk Handloegten, Tom Tykwer, Achim von Borries

Synopsis: A May Day protest between Communists and the police turns ugly.

Purr Blurs: As the protest erupts into violence in the streets, the police raid an apartment house looking for guns. As they go door to door they enter the apartment of one woman who owns several cats.

Babylon Berlin - Episode 4 - old woman with cats

Babylon Berlin - Episode 4 - old woman with cat

One officer even hits a tabby cat with his hat, sending the cat scrambling.

Babylon Berlin - Episode 4 - tabby cat on chair

Final Mewsings: Cats demand search warrants.


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