Universal International Pictures (UI)
Starring: Dick Powell, Peggy Dow
Directed by: Lou Breslow
Cat Out of the Bag Alert! This review contains some spoilers for this film!
Synopsis: When a German Shepherd (played by canine actor Flame, fifth generation grandson of movie star canine Strongheart) named King is murdered, he asks to return to earth in human form (Dick Powell) to bring his killer to justice.
Featured Feline: King is owned by a rich man who passes away. He is cared for by the man’s former secretary, Ellen Hathaway (Peggy Dow). Also living in the mansion is a tabby cat named Boots. Early in the film Boots walks into the library where Ellen is talking to a man named Perry Collins (Charles Drake). It would appear a treat was placed on the floor to bring the cat to a certain spot.
As soon as King sees Boots, Boots hisses and then runs out of the room with King chasing. Ellen scolds King when he returns, pointing out that he’s never caught Boots anyway.
Later when King returns as a man named Rex Shepherd, he is trying to sneak into the house through his former dog door. But then Boots appears and again hisses.
Eventually Rex throws a wet sponge at Boots who scurries away.
A short time later Ellen and Rex are walking in the backyard. Boots again appears and once again hisses at Rex.
It’s interesting to note that this is actually the same clip as used in the first segment, only reversed and closer. This would explain why there is carpeting in the back yard!
Boots scrambles up a tree which surprises Ellen who explains that Boots usually likes people.
Kitty Cameos: In the segment which King goes to animal heaven and pleads his case, many animals are seen sitting together, including four cats. The footage has been inverted to a negative form for an interesting, other-worldly effect.
If you’re wondering how they managed to get so many different animals together in such a long pan, note that at the certain points of the scene there is a clear transition between the segments, hence the rabbit in one shot bleeds into the cat in the next.
Final Mewsings: There’s no getting around it if a cat doesn’t like you!
Many thanks to Ted Davis and Kitty L. for letting us know about the cats in this film!