His Unlucky Night (1928)

Mack Sennett Comedies
Starring:
 Billy Bevan, Vernon Dent, Andy Clyde
Also Starring:  Pussums
Directed by: Harry Edwards

Synopsis: Happily married Billy (Billy Bevan) sets his fellow traveling salesman Homer (Vernon Dent) up on a date but a case of mistaken identity causes chaos and comedy.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): Pussums the cat undoubtedly steals this short in a small scene in which she is seen playing checkers with Homer’s new father-in-law (Andy Clyde).

His Unlucky Night - Pussums the cat playing checkers with Andy Clyde

His Unlucky Night - Pussums the cat playing checkers

The interaction between the cat and the board is achieved by clever editing and some kind of enticement which caused Pussums to paw at the board. An insert of a cat’s paw moving the checkers completes the illusion.

His Unlucky Night - Pussums the cat playing checkers

His Unlucky Night - Pussums the cat playing checkers

His Unlucky Night - Pussums the cat playing checkers

His Unlucky Night - Pussums the cat's paw moving checkers

Pussums trounces her game adversary at every turn, and even seems to react to Andy Clyde as they play.

His Unlucky Night - Pussums the cat looking down

His Unlucky Night - Pussums the cat playing checkers with Andy Clyde

His Unlucky Night - Pussums the cat reaching for checkers

His Unlucky Night - Pussums the cat's paw moving checkers

This is a very clever segment which showcases Pussums screen charisma beautifully.

His Unlucky Night - Pussums the cat playing checkers animated gif

Final Mewsings: Cats are in it to win it.


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