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Making Sausages (1897)

Directed by: George Albert Smith

Synopsis: An early short comedy film using trickery to show how four men make sausages.

Kitty Carnage Warning! Let’s be honest, the humor of this early silent short is very dark, with a tabby cat, a rabbit, a duck and a dog supposedly being ground into sausages. Obviously no such thing is taking place, the animals are simply being placed inside a box at the top. In fact at one point you can see the cat jump back out! But the way they are handling the poor cat is a bit rough, hence the carnage warning.

Making Sausages - tabby cat being held by scruff about to be put into sausage machine

Making Sausages - black cat jumping out of sausage machine

Final Mewsings: Cats wouldn’t eat sausages if they knew what went into them!


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976-EVIL (1988)

976-EVIL poster

Cinetel Films
Starring:
 Stephen Geoffreys, Sandy Dennis
Directed by: Robert Englund

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

Synopsis: Evil lurks in the phone wires and invades the life of anyone foolish enough to call the number 976-EVIL.

Cat Cattle Call: The cool dude Spike (Patrick O’Bryan) and his nerdy cousin Hoax (Stephen Geoffreys) live with their overbearing and zealously religious Aunt Lucy (Sandy Dennis). Aunt Lucy owns multiple cats who are seen in several scenes, usually when she is berating Hoax.

976-EVIL - cats on chair

976-EVIL - cats walking on back of couch

976-EVIL - cats beside Hoax Stephen Geoffreys on couch

976-EVIL - Aunt Lucy Sandy Dennis pushing cat off couch with Hoax Stephen Geoffreys

Aunt Lucy even answers the door holding a black cat.

976-EVIL - Aunt Lucy Sandy Dennis answering door holding black cat

She also shares her dinner table with the cats. She definitely treats the cats better than she does her nephews.

976-EVIL - Aunt Lucy Sandy Dennis eating dinner with numerous cats eating on table

She sits on the couch watching television, confused as Hoax runs out the door.

976-EVIL - Aunt Lucy Sandy Dennis sitting on couch with several cats

976-EVIL - Aunt Lucy Sandy Dennis sitting on couch with several cats, all looking at door

When Hoax returns Aunt Lucy berates him, threatening to give him the strap. That doesn’t happen. And later when Angela searches the house for Aunt Lucy she finally finds her in the bedroom, surrounded by her beloved cats. Who are eating her.

976-EVIL - cat in window

976-EVIL - cats in bedroom

976-EVIL - cat sitting on bedside stand

976-EVIL - cat lying next to body in bed

976-EVIL - cat lying next to covered body in bed with hand reaching out

976-EVIL - Aunt Lucy being eaten by cats

According to director and horror icon Robert Englund, the cat actors would follow direction, unlike the spiders who would hardly move. Also the dummy of Sandy Dennis was actually filled with tuna fish for the cats to eat.

976-EVIL - tuxedo cat with bloody mouth

Final Mewsings: Usually cats have better taste!


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Welcome Danger (1929)

Welcome Danger poster

The Harold Lloyd Corporation
Starring:
 Harold Lloyd, Noah Young
Directed by: Clyde Bruckman

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

Synopsis: Confident botany student Harold Bledsoe (Harold Lloyd) tries to help the San Francisco police department track down a dangerous criminal known as The Dragon.

Kitty Cameos: In one scene Harold and his officer friend Clancy (Noah Young) infiltrate the hideout of a Chinese gang. As they sneak around looking for a kidnapped man, a gray cat appears and walks away. Clancy follows the cat, leaving Harold confused as to his whereabouts.

Welcome Danger - gray cat pausing

Later when they reunite, a tabby cat is barely seen lying behind them next to an electric fan. We then see a shot of the cat, sleeping soundly.

Welcome Danger - tabby cat barely visible behind Harold Lloyd and Clancy Noah Young

Welcome Danger - tabby cat sleeping by electric fan

Harold accidentally hits a light switch with his elbow and the fan comes to life, scaring the cat (or catching its tail in the blades, we are not shown which). The cat then jumps over their shoulders, scaring both of them.

Welcome Danger - tabby cat sleeping beside running electric fan

Welcome Danger - tabby cat jumping over the shoulders of Harold Lloyd and Clancy Noah Young

Welcome Danger - tabby cat scared by electric fan starting and jumping over the shoulders of Harold Lloyd and Clancy Noah Young animated gif

Final Mewsings: Cats have no patience for amateur detectives.


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Chow Hound (1951)

Warner Bros.
Starring:
 Mel Blanc, John T. Smith
Directed by: Charles M. (Chuck) Jones

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

Synopsis: A dog exploits a cat and a mouse in order to obtain a constant amount of food.

Cartoon Cat: This unforgettable Looney Tunes entry stars a poor orange and white cat who starts out as the apparent pet of a man who calls him Butch. The man praises Butch for eating the entire steak he was given.

Chow Hound - orange and white cat Butch being petted by man

Kitty Carnage Warning! After Butch is put outside, we find out the cat is being forced by a bulldog to smuggle him food. The cat has to hand the dog the steak he has stashed in his sweater. The dog berates the cat for forgetting the gravy, but scarfs the steak down anyway before looking up their next stop.

Chow Hound - orange and white cat handing steak over to bulldog

Chow Hound - orange and white cat handing slung over bulldog's back

The bulldog is then seen grooming the cat and finishing with a blue bow. He then makes the cat practice his sweet meowing.

Chow Hound - bulldog tying blue ribbon around orange and white cat's neck

Chow Hound - orange and white cat in blue bow meowing

The cat is taken in by his next “owner,” a woman who calls him Harold. She puts the cat to bed with some food and orders him to sleep right after eating. Of course the cat doesn’t even get one bite before the bulldog pulls him outside and yells about there being no gravy again.

Chow Hound - orange and white cat Timothy in bed with food

The third stop includes a mouse the bulldog keeps in a can. He makes the mouse dangle from the cat’s mouth and then sends them in to another owner who calls the cat Timothy. The man rewards Timothy with a steak, again with no gravy, which makes the bulldog angry.

Chow Hound - bulldog holding up orange and white cat with mouse in mouth

Chow Hound - orange and white cat Timothy with mouse in mouth standing next to steak in pan

Finally the cat is seen inside a cage at a zoo marked Saber-Toothed Alley Cattus. The cat is thrown a steak by a confused zookeeper.

Chow Hound - orange and white cat disguised as Saber-Toothed Alley Cattus

Chow Hound - zookeeper with steak shrugging at orange and white cat disguised as Saber-Toothed Alley Cattus

This time the cat tries to trick the bulldog by rolling a large stick of dynamite in the steak, but it only gives the dog a moment of indigestion. He then hits the cat for forgetting the gravy again.

Chow Hound - orange and white cat rolls stick of dynamite up in steak

The bulldog is unsatisfied with the slow speed of this arrangement and sees a sign saying rewards are paid for lost animals. This gives him an idea. He hides the cat until the owners all miss him and put out ads in the paper. He then takes the cat to each of the homes in a basket and collects the rewards, pulling the cat out a back door with a string when the people turn away.

Chow Hound - orange and white cat being held up by bulldog

Chow Hound - bulldog presenting lost orange and white cat to owner in basket

Chow Hound - orange and white cat being pulled out of basket with string by bulldog

He then brings the cat to the zoo. The bulldog is dressed as a big game hunter and the mouse is dressed in an extremely non-PC African native outfit.

Chow Hound - bulldog and mouse dressed as safari bringing back orange and white cat as Saber-Toothed Alley Cattus

The bulldog takes his money and buys a meat market where he over-indulges, so much so he lands in a dog hospital, lying on a table unable to move. After the veterinarians leave the room, the cat and mouse poke their heads in. “This time we didn’t forget the gravy!” the cat states.

Chow Hound - orange and white cat and mouse looking into room

They proceed to bring a super large can of gravy and a funnel over to the dog who begs them “No!” They start to pour the gravy down his throat as the cartoon ends.

Chow Hound - orange and white cat and mouse preparing to fill bloated bulldog up with gravy

Final Mewsings: Be careful what you wish for!


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The Getaway (1972)

The Getaway poster

First Artists
Starring:
 Steve McQueen, Al Lettieri
Directed by: Sam Peckinpah

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

Synopsis: Doc McCoy (Steve McQueen) is a con who receives an early parole in exchange for pulling jobs for a prominent man, only things go awry and he and his wife Carol (Ali MacGraw) end up on the run.

Kitty Cameos: One of the men McCoy is assigned to work with is named Rudy (Al Lettieri). Right after the bank job they pull, Rudy tries to kill McCoy but McCoy gets the jump on him, shooting him and leaving him for dead. Only Rudy isn’t dead. He drives himself to the home of a veterinarian named Harold Clinton (Jack Dodson) and holds him and his wife Fran (Sally Struthers) hostage while they patch him up. Rudy is lying with a black kitten on his chest while talking to Harold and Fran.

The Getaway - Rudy Al Lettieri with black kitten Poor Little Harold on chest talking to Fran Sally Struthers and Harold Jack Dodson

The Getaway - Rudy Al Lettieri with black kitten Poor Little Harold on chest

The Getaway - Rudy Al Lettieri with black kitten Poor Little Harold on chest

The Getaway - Rudy Al Lettieri with black kitten Poor Little Harold on chest holding gun

In the background a mama black cat and possibly more kittens are seen in a cage.

The Getaway - Rudy Al Lettieri with black kitten Poor Little Harold on chest talking to Fran Sally Struthers and Harold Jack Dodson

Rudy strikes up an odd relationship with Fran, leaving Harold emasculated and on the sidelines as he makes them drive him to El Paso where he hopes to meet up with McCoy. On the drive South the kitten can be heard in the car but is not seen. At the hotel, Fran asks the hotel owner Laughlin (Dub Taylor) to carry her cat upstairs. The kitten is in a box and Laughlin asks the cat’s name. She answers, “Poor little Harold.” In the hotel room, Rudy is later seen with Poor Little Harold on his chest again.

The Getaway - Rudy Al Lettieri with black kitten Poor Little Harold on chest talking to Fran Sally Struthers in hotel room

Kitty Carnage Warning!  Sadly the kitten is kind of thrown around by Harold as they find out McCoy is now in the hotel.

The Getaway - Rudy Al Lettieri lifting black kitten Poor Little Harold with Fran Sally Struthers in hotel room

The Getaway - Rudy Al Lettieri with black kitten Poor Little Harold on bed talking on phone beside Fran Sally Struthers in hotel room

The Getaway - Rudy Al Lettieri with black kitten Poor Little Harold on bed in hotel room

Poor Little Harold is seen one last time on the dresser. It is never explained what becomes of him.

The Getaway - black kitten Poor Little Harold on stand in hotel room

Final Mewsings: There never was a more aptly named cat.


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