Bewitched – “The Catnapper”

Bewitched Season 2 DVD

Original Air Date: May 19, 1966
Starring: Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Agnes Moorehead
Guest Starring: Orangey
Directed by: R. Robert Rosenbaum

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

Synopsis: Endora (Agnes Moorehead) suspects Darrin (Dick York) of cheating on Samantha (Elizabeth Montgomery) with a beautiful client (Marian Thompson) and turns the woman into a cat before disappearing.  Complicating the issue is Charlie Leach (Robert Strauss), a nosy detective who kidnaps the cat in order to blackmail Samantha.

Cinema Cat: Orangey is instantly recognizable playing the woman-turned-tabby in this episode.

Bewitched - The Catnapper - Orangey cat with purse

One only has to see the scene in which Samantha turns the meddling Leach into a rat and the cat chases him around to recognize his acting chops (the shots are similar to those filmed for Orangey’s turn in The Incredible Shrinking Man.

Bewitched - The Catnapper - Orangey cat up close

Final Mewsings: Cats and humans seem to be commonly interchangeable in the Bewitched universe.


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