Black Cats (1953)

British Pathé

Synopsis: Newsreel footage covers auditions in London’s West End for a black cat to co-star in an unidentified stage play alongside human actors Jimmy Hanley, Grace Arnold and Hazel Court.

Reality Cats: It’s a virtual sea of black cats in this open cat cattle call.  The aspiring feline thespians are brought by their owners, beckoned by an advertisement in the newspaper from a theatrical booking company.

Black Cats audition

The cat who is eventually cast is Pixie, although her understudy Lucky is the one showcased in the final shot.

Black Cats audition winner

Final Mewsings: Just like humans, for every part there are dozens of cat actors.

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