Monthly Archives: February 2019

Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984)

Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes poster

Warner Bros.
Starring:
 Paul Geoffrey, Cheryl Campbell
Directed by: Hugh Hudson

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

Synopsis: Film adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burrough’s novel in which the descendent of an English lord is raised by apes.

Purr Blur: At the beginning of the film, Lord John Clayton (Paul Geoffrey) and his wife (Cheryl Campbell) are preparing to leave. A little girl (who is Jane) is sitting on the steps playing with a mechanical monkey. She is picking up a Persian kitten.

Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes - little girl Jane picking up Persian kitten on stairs

She is petting the kitten in the next scene when her “Uncle Jack” gives her a ring, then picks her up and carries her away. She is still holding the kitten. The scene is very short and the kitten is never really facing the camera so it could be easy to miss.

Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes - John Clayton Paul Geoffrey with little girl Jane and Persian kitten on stairs

Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes - John Clayton Paul Geoffrey carrying little girl Jane and Persian kitten down stairs with Lady Clayton Cheryl Campbell

Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes - John Clayton Paul Geoffrey carrying little girl Jane and Persian kitten away with Lady Clayton Cheryl Campbell

Final Mewsings: If you’re going to include a kitten, at least have one good shot of the kitten!

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


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Book Club (2018)

Book Club poster

Apartment Story
Starring:
 Candice Bergen, Diane Keaton
Directed by: Bill Holderman

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

Synopsis: A group of woman in their late 60’s decide to spice up their monthly book club meetings by reading the 50 Shades of Gray Trilogy.

Featured Feline: One member of the club is Federal Judge Sharon Myers (Candice Bergen) who is also a divorcee. As the introductory segment explains, when her marriage ended she bought a cat. A photo of the white Persian cat as a kitten is shown.

Book Club - photo of white Persian kitten Ginsburg

The cat, whose name is Ginsburg (presumably named for Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg) is seen several times throughout the film, including when Sharon starts reading the first book.

Book Club - white Persian cat Ginsburg sitting on Sharon's lap while she reads 50 Shades of Gray

In one scene Sharon takes Ginsburg to the vet (Ravi Kapoor). There is some confusion when Sharon starts talking about her own maladies instead of the cat’s.

Book Club - white Persian cat Ginsburg being lifted by vet

Book Club - white Persian cat Ginsburg being petted by vet

Book Club - white Persian cat Ginsburg on veterinarian Ravi Kapoor table with Sharon Candice Bergen

Later Sharon tries to entice Ginsburg to go outside but the cat stays put. This corresponds with Sharon’s lack of recent dating, which she changes when she signs up at a singles website.

Book Club - white Persian cat Ginsburg lying next to doorway

Book Club - white Persian cat Ginsburg lying next to doorway with Sharon Candice Bergen

Book Club - white Persian cat Ginsburg lying next to doorway

As Sharon starts dating again, Ginsburg seems more willing to go outside.

Book Club - white Persian cat Ginsburg jumping down from shelf

Book Club - white Persian cat Ginsburg scurrying to door

Late in the film Sharon is seen picking up a lethargic Ginsburg and holding her. There’s really no explanation given for the cat’s behavior, except for the fact that Sharon has pulled away from the dating scene again.

Book Club - white Persian cat Ginsburg lying on pillow

Book Club - white Persian cat Ginsburg being picked up by Sharon Candice Bergen

Book Club - white Persian cat Ginsburg held by Sharon

In the end Sharon decides to reconnect with one of her computer dates and Ginsburg seems more perky.

Book Club - white Persian cat Ginsburg sitting on chair

Final Mewsings: Cats can sense our moods!


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Adventures of Superman – “Olsen’s Millions”

Adventures of Superman Season 3 DVD

Original Air Date: June 4, 1955
Starring: George Reeves, Jack Larson, Elizabeth Patterson
Directed by: George Blair

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

Synopsis: After Jimmy Olsen (Jack Larson) calls on Superman (George Reeves) to help save a kitten that has been locked in a safe, the kitten’s owner is so grateful she gives the cub reporter one million dollars.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): The episode begins with Jimmy arriving at the home of an elderly woman named Mrs. Peabody (Elizabeth Patterson). She is holding a tabby kitten named Topsy.

Adventures of Superman - Olsen's Millions - Mrs. Peabody Elizabeth Patterson holding tabby kitten Topsy opens door to Jimmy Olsen Jack Larson

Cat Cattle Call:  Mrs. Peabody is a rich woman who has been rescuing cats for years. She motions to a group of cats gathered around a dish of milk and introduces them as Flopsy, Mopsy, Popsy, Twinkles, Tinkles, Wrinkles and Sam.

Adventures of Superman - Olsen's Millions - group of cats around dish of milk on floor

Mrs. Peabody continues to hold Topsy as she explains to Jimmy how she started rescuing alley cats. “An alley is no place for a cat!” she states.

Adventures of Superman - Olsen's Millions - Mrs. Peabody Elizabeth Patterson holding tabby kitten on lap with Jimmy Olsen Jack Larson

Jimmy asks how many cats Mrs. Peabody has owned and she takes him to a large open safe where she has a complete list. He worries about her leaving her safe open and she explains she would never remember the combination. Topsy the kitten is seen climbing inside the safe.

Adventures of Superman - Olsen's Millions - tabby kitten Topsy climbing into open safe

Jimmy accidentally steps on the tail of a black cat and falls against the safe door (in reality the actor barely steps on the cat). They realize the kitten Topsy has been closed inside when her mother starts to worry at the safe door.

Adventures of Superman - Olsen's Millions - Jimmy Olsen accidentally stepping on black cat

Mrs. Peabody hurries to try to find the combination as Jimmy decides to call Clark Kent to ask if there would be any way he could summon Superman. As Jimmy waits, he assures Topsy’s mother that everything will be okay.

Adventures of Superman - Olsen's Millions - Jimmy Olsen Jack Larson holding gray and white tuxedo cat by safe

Superman arrives and pulls the door off the safe, saving the kitten.

Adventures of Superman - Olsen's Millions - Superman George Reeves pulling tabby kitten Topsy out of safe with Jimmy Olsen Jack Larson

Adventures of Superman - Olsen's Millions - Superman George Reeves handing tabby kitten Topsy to Jimmy Olsen Jack Larson

Adventures of Superman - Olsen's Millions - Superman George Reeves turns away after handing tabby kitten Topsy to Jimmy Olsen Jack Larson

Superman leaves before Mrs. Peabody returns and although Jimmy tries to tell her that he didn’t save the cat she offers to give him one million dollars.

Adventures of Superman - Olsen's Millions - Mrs. Peabody Elizabeth Patterson taking tabby kitten Topsy from Jimmy Olsen Jack Larson

Adventures of Superman - Olsen's Millions - Mrs. Peabody Elizabeth Patterson holding tabby kitten Topsy with Jimmy Olsen Jack Larson

Final Mewsings: Just think how many more cats Mrs. Peabody could have saved with that million dollars!

Many thanks to Erin T. Aardvark for letting us know about the cats in this episode!


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Seether (2009)

Music Artist: Veruca Salt

Synopsis: The official video for Veruca Salt’s song Seether.

Cat Cattle Call: Throughout the videos numerous cats are seen in and around a shelter where the band is assembled.

Veruca Salt - Seether - tabby and tortoiseshell cats through fish eye lens

Veruca Salt - Seether - tabby cats on floor

Veruca Salt - Seether - one-eyed cat through fish eye lens

Veruca Salt - Seether - tabby cat in soft orange light

The segments with the cats were filmed at the Tree House Humane Society in Chicago.

Veruca Salt - Seether - band with multiple cats in shelter

Veruca Salt - Seether - cat in purple negative

Veruca Salt - Seether - bandmate sleeping in chair surrounded by cats in shelter

Veruca Salt - Seether - tuxedo cat looking into fish eye lens

Final Mewsings: Cats make music videos even better!


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Stray Cat Village off Naples (circa 1950’s)

British Pathé

Synopsis: Unused and unissued newsreel footage shows a “village” of stray cats.

Reality Cats: The cat sanctuary was reportedly run by Mrs. Sidro Fornaro who is seen tending to the cats in this footage.

Stray Cat Village Off Naples cats sitting around windowsill

Stray Cat Village Off Naples two cats sitting on bench

Stray Cat Village Off Naples cats coming down stairway

Stray Cat Village Off Naples cats gathered around food on small tables

Stray Cat Village Off Naples wide shot of cat sanctuary with Mrs. Sidro Fornaro standing

Several of the cats are wearing little bibs as they eat.

Stray Cat Village Off Naples cats wearing bibs while eating

The final clips are of a Siamese cat wearing a bonnet and being set down to sleep in a crib with a bottle!

Stray Cat Village Off Naples Siamese cat with bonnet being tucked into crib

Stray Cat Village Off Naples Siamese cat with knit bonnet lying in crib

Final Mewsings: Cats appreciate being cared for until it goes too far!


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