Starring: Barry Sullivan, Belita, Albert Dekker
Directed by: Frank Tuttle
Cat Out of the Bag Alert! This review contains some spoilers for this film!
Synopsis: Joe Morgan (Barry Sullivan) falls for Roberta (Belita), the star of an ice skating show, which brings consequences since she is the wife of his boss, the theater’s proprietor.
Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): The boss, whose name is Frank Leonard (Albert Dekker), owns a black cat who appears to live in the office of the ice theater and whose name is never mentioned. Frank is holding the cat when Joe is first introduced to him and his assistant Harry (Eugene Pallette).
Frank pets the cat and rubs its front paw as if it gives him comfort or good luck.
Joe is given a job as a peanut vendor but soon works his way up. Frank offers him a better position which Joe eventually accepts for more money than originally offered. The cat watches the beginning of this exchange from the inbox on the desk. Frank then picks the cat up.
Joe offers to shake hands but Frank, who is holding the cat, says, “I never shake hands. It’s unsanitary.” He then says he is joking and gives Joe the desk in the office where the cat is usually seen.
Frank sets the cat down in the inbox on the desk and then exits. Joe raises his hand as if he will strike the cat and snarls, “Aw, get outta here! You’re unsanitary!” The cat scurries away.
Much later in the film Joe is working in the office with Harry close by. The cat is sitting in the inbox on the desk.
When Harry exits he pets the cat briefly while passing the desk. The cat is still sitting in the box when Joe has an unexpected visitor.
Roberta hears a noise like a struggle coming from Joe’s office. When she investigates, Joe is closing his rolling desk to hide something. He eventually gets Roberta to leave and then hears a scratching from inside the desk. In a tense moment he goes to open the desk and the cat jumps out with a screech in a classic spring-loaded cat moment.
Final Mewsings: Hopefully the cat knew the difference between an inbox and a litter box.