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Cats’ Home (1952)

British Pathé

Synopsis: Newsreel footage shows a houseful of cats in Thornton Heath. We also see a cat from Wimbledon with its own “elevator”.

Reality Cats: The first home visited is that of the Morley sisters in Thornton Heath who take in and feed cats. This is in appreciation of one cat’s meowing warning them about an impending bomb during the Blitz.

Cats' Home - cats sitting on table and chairs

Cats' Home - milk being poured for cats

The cats are seen all over the house, sitting on just about every piece of furniture.

Cats' Home - close up of black and long-haired cats

Cats' Home - white cat and tuxedo cat on top of cabinet

Cats' Home - tuxedo kittens eating meat

Next we visit the home of Mrs. Bob Shepherd of Wimbledon and watch as her long-haired tabby cat, Tinker, gets in and out of the house by means of a basket she lowers to the ground for him.

Cats' Home - long-haired tabby cat Tinker sitting outside of apartment flat

Cats' Home - long-haired tabby cat Tinker climbing into basket outside of apartment flat

Cats' Home - long-haired tabby cat Tinker being lifted by basket outside of apartment flat

Final Mewsings: Cats appreciate appreciation.


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Witness (1985)

Witness poster

Paramount Pictures
Starring:
 Harrison Ford, Lukas Haas
Directed by: Peter Weir

Synopsis: Police detective John Book (Harrison Ford) goes undercover with the Amish to protect a boy named Samuel (Lukas Haas), the only eyewitness to a brutal murder.

Kitty Cameos: In one scene, Samuel shows John the grain silo. He then picks up a tabby kitten with white paws and hands it to John, asking, “Would you like to hold my kitten?” John takes the kitten with some trepidation.

Witness - Samual Lukas Haas picking up tabby kitten outside grain silo with John Book Harrison Ford

Witness - Samual Lukas Haas handing tabby kitten to John Book Harrison Ford outside grain silo

Witness - John Book Harrison Ford holding tabby kitten outside grain silo

Samual then picks up a second tabby kitten, holding it prone and showing how to give the animal a backrub. The kitten protests at first.

Witness - Samual Lukas Haas holding tabby kitten upside down with John Book Harrison Ford also holding kitten outside grain silo

Witness - Samual Lukas Haas holding tabby kitten upside down with John Book Harrison Ford also holding kitten outside grain silo

Witness - Samual Lukas Haas holding tabby kitten upside down with John Book Harrison Ford also holding kitten outside grain silo

Purr Blurs:  Later in the film there is a quick shot of two black cats playing on a grassy lawn.

Witness - two black kittens playing on lawn

Witness - two black kittens playing on lawn

Witness - black kitten running off lawn

Final Mewsings: Cats aren’t too fond of upside down Amish backrubs.

Many thanks to T.j. Dotson for letting us know about the cat in this movie!


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Pete’s Dragon (1977)

Pete's Dragon poster

Walt Disney Productions
Starring:
 Sean Marshall, Helen Reddy
Directed by: Don Chaffey

Synopsis: Pete (Sean Marshall) is an orphan boy who is trying to escape his abusive adoptive parents by hiding in a small New England town with his friend, a dragon named Elliott.

Kitty Cameo: Near the beginning of the film Pete walks into town with Elliott, who is invisible. A ginger tabby cat obviously senses the presence of the dragon and meows.

Pete's Dragon - ginger tabby cat meowing close

Pete's Dragon - ginger tabby cat meowing close

The cat then arches its back and takes off running.

Pete's Dragon - ginger tabby cat arching back

Pete's Dragon - ginger tabby cat arching back

Pete's Dragon - ginger tabby cat meowing, arching back and running away animated gif

Final Mewsings: There is no such thing as invisible to a cat.


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Going in Style (2017)

Going in Style poster

New Line Cinema
Starring:
 Michael Caine, John Ortiz
Directed by: Zach Braff

Synopsis: Clever update of the original comedy heist film. Three pensioners (Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin) become tired of being robbed of their well-earned money and decide to rob a bank.

Purr Blur: The trio enlist the aid of a veteran criminal named Jesus (John Ortiz) who helps them plan the heist. Jesus runs an animal rescue shelter and in one scene Michael Caine’s character is petting a tabby cat as they plan. Only the back of the cat’s head can be seen.

Going in Style - tabby cat on table during bank robbery planning

Going in Style - tabby cat on table during bank robbery planning

Final Mewsings: Cat actors usually prefer to face the camera.

Many thanks to sis Cyn for letting us know about the cat in this movie!


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Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo (1984)

Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo poster

TriStar Pictures
Starring:
 Adolfo Quinones, Michael Chambers
Directed by: Sam Firstenberg

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

Synopsis: A group of breakdancing street kids try to prevent a developer from tearing down their recreation center.

Kitty Cameo: In one scene Ozone (Adolfo Quinones) and Turbo (Michael Chambers) are invited to the home of their rich friend Kelly (Lucinda Dickey). After they enter, a white cat is seen nearby.

Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo - white cat on couch

Turbo meows at the cat, who simply jumps down from the couch and leaves.

Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo - white cat on couch

Later they are eating around a large dining table. They are served a seafood stew, which Turbo does not like. He sees the cat nearby behind a potted plant.

Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo - white cat behind potted plant

Turbo motions for the cat to come over and then slyly sneaks him one of the crawfish from the stew, which the cat happily takes.

Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo - white cat emerges from behind potted plant

Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo - white cat taking crawfish from napkin

Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo - white cat taking crawfish from napkin

Final Mewsings: Cats are always willing to help guests out of uncomfortable situations.

Many thanks to Ted Davis for letting us know about the cat in this movie!


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