The Long Night (1947)

The Long Night artwork

Select Productions
Starring:
 Henry Fonda, Barbara Bel Geddes, Vincent Price, Ann Dvorak
Directed by: Anatole Litvak

Synopsis: Joe Adams (Henry Fonda) is barricaded in his apartment after shooting a magician named Maximilian the Great (Vincent Price) who performs a magic act with his trained dogs.  During the seige Adams recalls, via flashback, what brought him to this life-and-death situation.  Meanwhile his friends and neighbors, including girlfriend Jo Ann (Barbara Bel Geddes) and friend Charlene (Ann Dvorak) rally to his defense and aid.

Purr Blur: There are several cats seen throughout the film.  One is sitting on the street when Joe Adams first goes to the greenhouse shop where Jo Ann works (in fact this is a blooper, because in the long shot of the street there is nothing there but when it cuts to the closer shot the cat is suddenly sitting in the street!)

The Long Night purr blur

Cat Co-Star: Later we meet a black cat named Napoleon who belongs to Mrs. Tully (Queenie Smith) who lives in the same building.  Napoleon is first seen in the arms of Mrs. Tully as she and a fellow tenant (with her bird in a cage) talk about what is happening.  She is also seen holding Napoleon in a montage of spectators closer to the end of the film.

The Long Night black cat in lady's arms

In a flashback scene, Joe stops to talk to Mrs. Tully and picks up and pets Napoleon, asking how he is.  Mrs. Tully explains that Napoleon hasn’t been the same since Josephine was hit by a garbage truck.  In this scene Joe Adams shows great affection for kis kitty neighbor.

The Long Night black cat in lady's arms

The Long Night black cat in lady's arms

Kitty Cameo: In another flashback scene Jo Ann tells Joe about her relationship with Maximilian.  When they cut back to them sitting outside she is holding and petting a small cat as they talk.

The Long Night kitten in Jo Ann's arms

The Long Night kitten

Final Mewsings: Good people are kind to cats, bad people abuse dogs.  ‘Nuff said.


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