Raisin’ Trouble (1926)

Mirthquake Comedies
 Jack Cooper, Lillian Worth
Directed by: Percy Pembroke

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

Synopsis: A husband brews some homemade beer, a lunatic is on the loose and a dark and windy night causes everyone’s imagination to run amok.

Kitty Cameo: In the beginning of the silent short comedy a little boy is seen sitting and holding a black cat. The balloons would come in to play later.

Raisin' Trouble - little boy holding black cat

When night falls and the household is trying to sleep but worried about a possible maniac on the loose, the black cat picks that moment to jump down from a mantel onto one of the balloons, popping it. The cat takes off running.

Raisin' Trouble - black cat on mantel

Raisin' Trouble - black cat about to jump off mantel

Raisin' Trouble - black cat landing on balloon

Raisin' Trouble - black cat running away

The husband and wife become distraught at the sound and run around the house. The black cat somehow gets outside and by use of reverse footage or backward cranking the cat suddenly jumps up onto a window screen.

Raisin' Trouble - black cat on window screen

The wife, who is swooning, looks up to see a ridiculous silhouette of the cat clinging to the window (looking nothing like a real cat). She then cries out, “I just saw IGNUTZ at the window!” (mistaking Ignatz mouse with Krazy Cat, no doubt).

Raisin' Trouble - poorly made cutout of black cat hanging on window screen

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t like hanging around hysterical people.

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