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Television Tuesday bannerThe Twilight Zone – “The Night of the Meek”

The Twilight Zone Season 2 DVD

Original Air Date: December 23, 1960
Starring: Art Carney, John Fiedler
Directed by: Jack Smight

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

Synopsis: Henry Corwin (Art Carney) loses his job as a department store Santa for being drunk on Christmas Eve then finds a sack that magically produces perfect presents.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): Henry is dressed as Santa as he walks the streets. A tabby cat suddenly jumps down from some garbage cans, knocking a bag of cans to the ground. Moments later Henry looks back and sees the bag is full of presents.

The Twilight Zone - The Night of the Meek - tabby cat knocking sack off garbage cans

The Twilight Zone - The Night of the Meek - tabby cat knocking sack off garbage cans animated gif

After handing out several gifts, Henry’s activity draws suspicion from a policeman named Flaherty (Robert P. Lieb) who brings him into the station. The department store manager, Mr. Dundee (John Fiedler) assumes that the presents were stolen from the store. Dundee is excited about catching Henry with the goods and rummages in the bag, only it is again filled with empty cans. Dundee is then shocked when he pulls the tabby cat from the bag!

The Twilight Zone - The Night of the Meek - tabby cat being pulled out of bag by Mr. Dundee John Fiedler with Henry Art Carney and Flaherty Robert P. Lieb

The Twilight Zone - The Night of the Meek - tabby cat being pulled out of bag by Mr. Dundee John Fiedler with Henry Art Carney and Flaherty Robert P. Lieb

The Twilight Zone - The Night of the Meek - tabby cat being pulled out of bag by Mr. Dundee John Fiedler with Henry Art Carney and Flaherty Robert P. Lieb animated gif

The cat sits on the table for much of the scene. This is very likely cat actor Orangey playing this role.

The Twilight Zone - The Night of the Meek - tabby cat on table with Mr. Dundee John Fiedler and Henry Art Carney

Final Mewsings: The cat was the best gift to come out of the bag!

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


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Mistletoe Over Manhattan (2011)

Mistletoe Over Manhattan poster

Chesler / Perlmutter Production
Starring:
 Tricia Helfer, Greg Bryk
Directed by: John Bradshaw

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

Synopsis: Mrs. Claus (Tedde Moore) travels to New York and befriends a troubled couple to prove to her husband that the Christmas spirit still exists.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): Mrs. Claus becomes a nanny and cares for the two Martel children, Bailey (Olivia Scriven) and Travis (Peter DaCunha). In the final scene of the movie the now reconciled family is gathered around the Christmas tree to open presents. Bailey is directed to open a package which has holes poked in it. Much to her surprise (as well as her parents) the box contains a tiny orange and white kitten.

Mistletoe Over Manhattan - tiny orange and white kitten inside box

Mistletoe Over Manhattan - tiny orange and white kitten being lifted from box

Mistletoe Over Manhattan - Bailey Olivia Scriven smiling over tiny orange and white kitten

Mistletoe Over Manhattan - Bailey Olivia Scriven and brother Travis Peter DaCunha smiling over tiny orange and white kitten

Mistletoe Over Manhattan - Martel family around tree with Bailey Olivia Scriven smiling over tiny orange and white kitten

Final Mewsings: Since when did Santa start making cats?


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Shadows (1922)

Shadows poster

B.P. Schulberg Productions
Starring:
 Lon Chaney, Marguerite De La Motte
Directed by: Tom Forman

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

Synopsis: A Chinese man named Yen Sing (Lon Chaney) resists being converted to Christianity by his newfound friends yet helps them when a crisis occurs.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): Yen Sing has a Bengal tabby cat which is first seen sitting in the lap of a woman named Sympathy (Marguerite De La Motte).

Shadows - Sympathy Marguerite De La Motte with bengal tabby cat on lap at table with Minister Maldon Harrison Ford and Yen Sing Lon Chaney

She and Minister John Malden (Harrison Ford) are visiting Yen Sing on his boat where he takes in laundry. Sympathy holds up the young cat after she gets up, then sets it down.

Shadows - Sympathy Marguerite De La Motte getting up from table with bengal tabby cat with Minister Maldon Harrison Ford and Yen Sing Lon Chaney

Shadows - Sympathy Marguerite De La Motte holding up bengal tabby cat with Minister Maldon Harrison Ford and Yen Sing Lon Chaney

After the young couple leave, Yen Sing pets the cat which is sitting on the chair.

Shadows - Yen Sing Lon Chaney petting Bengal tabby cat on chair

Sympathy has given Yen Sing a new cushion. As he sits down on the bed with the cat, he offers the pillow to the cat. He then picks up the cat and places it on the cushion before curling up on the bed with his feet just against the pillow, not disturbing the animal.

Shadows - Yen Sing Lon Chaney on bed with Bengal tabby cat

Shadows - Yen Sing Lon Chaney offering cushion to Bengal tabby cat

Shadows - Yen Sing Lon Chaney placing Bengal tabby cat on cushion

Shadows - Yen Sing Lon Chaney curling up on bed with Bengal tabby cat on cushion at feet

Later after Sympathy and the Minister have married, there is a scandal seemingly involving Sympathy’s presumed-to-be-dead husband, but Yen Sing knows the truth of the matter. He notices the cat playing with a mouse (in reality it seems to be just a fake mouse on a string) and compares that to the situation before him.

Shadows - Bengal tabby cat playing with mouse

Near the end Yen Sing realizes he is dying. The cat curls up beside him, appearing to know that the man’s time is almost done. Yen Sing asks his young friend (Buddy Messenger) to fetch the Minister. The cat remains by Yen Sing’s side as a dramatic series of conversations take place between the dying man, the Minister and the man who has done him wrong.

Shadows - Yen Sing Lon Chaney lying on death bed with Bengal tabby cat at his side and boy Buddy Messenger

Shadows - Yen Sing Lon Chaney lying on death bed with Bengal tabby cat at his side plus boy Buddy Messenger and Nate Snow John St. Polis

Shadows - Yen Sing Lon Chaney lying on death bed with Bengal tabby cat at his side plus Nate Snow John St. Polis

After all is revealed, Yen Sing says goodbye to his friends.

Shadows - Yen Sing Lon Chaney lying on death bed with Bengal tabby cat at his side plus Sympathy Marguerite De La Motte Minister Maldon Harrison Ford and boy Buddy Messenger

Shadows - Yen Sing Lon Chaney lying on death bed with Bengal tabby cat at his side giving Sympathy Marguerite De La Motte Minister a gift

He then asks the boy to take the cat away for him. The boy complies, lifting the cat into a basket and covering it with a cloth before leaving.

Shadows - Yen Sing Lon Chaney lying on death bed with Bengal tabby cat calling to boy Buddy Messenger

Shadows - Yen Sing Lon Chaney lying on death bed with Bengal tabby cat and boy Buddy Messenger

Shadows - Yen Sing Lon Chaney lying on death bed with boy Buddy Messenger lifting away Bengal tabby cat

Shadows - Yen Sing Lon Chaney lying on death bed with boy Buddy Messenger putting Bengal tabby cat into basket

Final Mewsings: True cat loves will always give up their cushions to their cats.


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Dolly Dearest (1991)

Dolly Dearest poster

Dolly Dearest Productions
Starring:
 Denise Crosby, Sam Bottoms
Directed by: Maria Lease

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

Synopsis: The Wade family moves to Mexico to take over an abandoned doll factory and make a fortune, not figuring on its unfortunate proximity to an evil ancient burial site.

Kitty Cameo: The evil spirit released from the burial site animates the dolls which turn homicidal. Halfway through the film Luis (Will Gotay), one of the workers at the factory, is there late when he hears a noise. He goes to investigate, unaware of the dolls moving behind him. As he approaches some cardboard boxes a spring-loaded gray and white cat pops out and scares him.

Dolly Dearest - gray and white cat jumps out and scares Luis

Luis laughs as the cat scurries away. He’s not laughing a moment later when the dolls attack him. This is the first time the cat is seen in the movie but not the last.

Dolly Dearest - gray and white cat scurries away

Later when the Wade’s son Jimmy (Chris Demetral) is in the factory, he hears a noise and turns to see the same cat, jumping down from a beam to the top of a barrel.

Dolly Dearest - gray and white cat jumping down from catwalk to barrel

Dolly Dearest - gray and white cat on top of barrel

Still later when the father Elliot (Sam Bottoms) is in the plant alone, he is distracted by the same cat.

Dolly Dearest - gray and white cat on wooden catwalk

Final Mewsings: Evil spirits leave cats alone so they can distract unwary victims.

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


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The Odd Couple II (1998)

The Odd Couple 2 poster

Paramount Pictures
Starring:
 Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon
Directed by: Howard Deutch

Synopsis: A sequel to the popular Neil Simon comedy finds Oscar Madison (Walter Matthau) and Felix Unger (Jack Lemmon) taking a road trip to attend the wedding of their children that will unite their families as in-laws.

Cat Cattle Call: In the beginning of the film Oscar is seen in his Florida apartment dropping a bag of garbage out the window. He is trying to hit the trash bins below but misses and the bag bursts, spilling garbage all over the ground. Several cats then appear and start to eat from the spilled trash.

The Odd Couple 2 - angry neighbor looking up beside several cats eating spilled garbage

An angry neighbor calls up to Oscar saying that he and his wife are fed up with this happening and that he’s going to file a complaint. He then asks if Oscar is going to clean up the mess. “Absolutely,” Oscar replies casually. “Whatever the cats don’t finish I’ll clean up later.” He pulls his head back and inside and leaves the neighbor to storm away angrily as the cats continue to scrounge. According to the American Humane Association, a safety fence was placed around the area to keep the cat actors safe and food was placed in and around the garbage which was otherwise non-edible.

The Odd Couple 2 - angry neighbor turning away from several cats eating spilled garbage

Final Mewsings: One man’s garbage is another cat’s feast.

Many thanks to Nick Wale for letting us know about the cats in this film!


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