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Silent Sunday bannerHumoresque (1920)

Humoresque 1920 poster

Paramount Pictures
Starring:
 Miriam Battista, Louis Stern
Directed by: Frank Borzage

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

Synopsis: Leon Kanter (Gaston Glass) dreams of playing the violin and is encouraged by his mother (Vera Gordon) which eventually promises to bring fame and fortune.

Kitty Carnage Warning! In the beginning of the film Leon lives in a New York ghetto with his family. A little girl named Minnie (Miriam Battista) also lives in the neighborhood. She is sickly and needs a crutch. In one scene Leon has received a new suit for his birthday and he goes down into the alley. As the other boys confront him, Minnie can be seen in the background pulling the limp body of a kitten out of an ashcan.

Humoresque - boys in alley with girl Minnie Miriam Battista in background pulling dead kitten from ash can

She gently tucks the kitten inside her cloak.

Humoresque - girl Minnie Miriam Battista putting dead kitten inside cloak

One of the boys sees this and tries to take the kitten from her. Leon is quick to her defense, pointing out that she found it and that it’s cold anyway. She suggests that she might be able to warm it back to life.

Humoresque - boys confront girl Minnie Miriam Battista with dead kitten inside cloak

Humoresque - boys confront girl Minnie Miriam Battista with dead kitten inside cloak

Later Minnie is seen picking up an empty box from the street. She places the dead kitten inside.

Humoresque - girl Minnie Miriam Battista with dead kitten inside box

Back home, Minnie plucks a flower from a plant on the windowsill where she has placed the box. She puts the flower inside with the kitten.

Humoresque - dead kitten inside box with flower

Kitty Cameo:  When Minnie’s father (Louis Stern) finds the box he is shocked and starts to throw it away. Minnie begs him not, saying, “Please, Papa, he’s so tired. He ain’t left to rest — even after he’s dead.” Her father leaves her with the box. But later he returns and sits beside her. He is holding a paper bag. Suddenly a live kitten pops out of the bag.

Humoresque - father Louis Stern with Minnie Miriam Battista and tabby kitten

Minnie is thrilled and hugs the kitten which her father has brought for her.

Humoresque - father Louis Stern with Minnie Miriam Battista and tabby kitten

Humoresque - father Louis Stern with Minnie Miriam Battista and tabby kitten

Humoresque - father Louis Stern with Minnie Miriam Battista and tabby kitten

Final Mewsings: Live kittens definitely make better pets.


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Othello (1951)

Othello poster

Mercury Productions
Starring:
 Orson Welles, Suzanne Cloutier
Directed by: Orson Welles

Synopsis: Screen adaptation of the Shakespeare play. Othello (Orson Welles) elopes with the beautiful Desdemona (Suzanne Cloutier) setting off a series of plots by the schemer Iago (Micheál MacLiammóir).

Kitty Cameos: The first part of the film was shot in Venice and during the opening credits (which are spoken by Welles) several cats of the city can be seen, first in a courtyard.

Othello - Venice cats in courtyard

A tabby cat is then seen eating something as a gandola passes in the background.

Othello - tabby cat eating by canal

A tuxedo cat is then seen on a rooftop.

Othello - tuxedo cat on rooftop

Othello - tuxedo cat on rooftop

And finally two of the cats still remain in the courtyard as the story begins.

Othello - Venice cats in courtyard

Final Mewsings: Venice cats are happy to represent!

Many thanks to Ted Davis for letting us know about the cats in this film!


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The Bounty Hunter (2010)

The Bounty Hunter poster

Columbia Pictures
Starring:
 Jennifer Aniston, Gerard Butler
Directed by: Andy Tennant

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

Synopsis: Milo Boyd (Gerard Butler) is an ex-cop turned bounty hunter who is thrilled when he finds out there is a warrant out on his ex-wife, reporter Nicole Hurley (Jennifer Aniston).

Kitty Cameo: After finding out Nicole is to be his next target, Milo breaks into her house to wait for her. She is then seen walking into a house and they supposedly hear each other. They are seen in separate shots as they sneak forward to find the source of the noises they hear. Eventually Nicole turns a corner and strikes out with a picture frame at what turns out to be a tabby cat. In a still shot it is clear the cat she knocks off the cat tree is actually a fake cat.

The Bounty Hunter - Nicole Jennifer Aniston swinging picture frame at fake cat

When the shot cuts to the real cat, it would appear a trainer dropped the cat into the shot near the bottom of the cat tree. The cat then runs away while Nicole composes herself.

The Bounty Hunter - Nicole Jennifer Aniston with tabby cat at foot of cat tree

The Bounty Hunter - Nicole Jennifer Aniston with tabby cat running away from cat tree

The Bounty Hunter - Nicole Jennifer Aniston with tabby cat running into the other room

As it turns out, Nicole isn’t even in her house. She is in the house of her friend Jimmy (Adam Rose) and it is his cat she startles. She is next seen trying to coax the cat out from beneath a chair.

The Bounty Hunter - tabby cat hiding beneath chair

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t like having picture frames shoved at them.


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Sorcerer (1977)

Sorcerer DVD

Paramount Pictures
Starring:
 Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer
Directed by: William Friedkin

Synopsis: Based on the novel The Wages of Fear by Georges Arnaud. A group of fugitives take on a dangerous assignment to transport high explosives over a treacherous terrain.

Purr Blur: In one scene a local shows Victor Manzon (Bruno Cremer) to the home of a man who can provide fake passports. Inside the door a multi-colored cat is eating from a bowl.

Sorcerer - multi-color cat eating from bowl inside doorway

The cat gets nervous when the men approach but then continues to eat.

Sorcerer - multi-color cat shying away from bowl inside doorway

Sorcerer - multi-color cat eating from bowl inside doorway

The man must be a cat lover (or a fan of kitschy paintings) as he has a painting of three kittens and a parrot on his wall.

Sorcerer - kitschy painting of kittens and parrot

Final Mewsings: Cats have good taste; people not so much.

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The Curious Female (1970)

The Curious Female poster

Fanfare Films
Starring:
 Angelique Pettyjohn, Charlene Jones
Directed by: Paul Rapp

Synopsis: A soft core porn film set in the future where society is run by a master computer and cult groups gather to watch titillating films from the past.

Cat Cattle Call: The opening credits are filled with photos of cats tinted in bright, bold colors that are shown, interspersed with more sensual shots, over the theme song “The Curious Female” performed by Barry Mitchell.

The Curious Female - close up of tabby cat

The Curious Female - silhouetted kitten with title

The Curious Female - long haired black cat

The Curious Female - short haired black cat

The Curious Female - short haired black cat

The Curious Female - close up of white cat's yes

The Curious Female - close up of black cat's yes

The Curious Female - close up of Siamese cat

The Curious Female - close up of Siamese cat

Final Mewsings: It wouldn’t be much of a soft porn film without some pussy.


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