The Perils of Priscilla (1969)

Churchill Films / Dimension Films
Directed by:
 Carroll Ballard

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

Synopsis: An early short film from the director of The Black Stallion.  A day in the life of a Siamese cat named Priscilla who finds herself facing one bad circumstance after another.

Cinema Cat: This is an intriguing and thoughtful film which was made possible from a grant by the Pasadena Humane Society.  It was also one of the original cat short films presented as part of Intercat ’69 by director Pola Chapelle.

The Perils of Priscilla - close up of Siamese cat Priscilla

The Siamese cat star of the show, Priscilla, is absolutely beautiful and Ballard captures scenes from her point of view as well as magnificent shots of Priscilla.

The Perils of Priscilla - Siamese cat Priscilla in field

Some of the scenarios in which Priscilla finds herself are very scary.  The way it is filmed appears that the cat was kept some distance from actual harm, but there are definitely some nail-biting moments.  Veteran animal trainer and 11 time Patsy award winner Moe DiSesso was the trainer on the film.

The Perils of Priscilla - Siamese cat Priscilla in aquaduct

Cat Burglars (Scene Stealers):  Any cat lover will feel their heart strings being tugged by the ending, which features many adorable kitties.  A very poignant film with a very important message!

The Perils of Priscilla - orange kitten in animal shelter cage

Final Mewsings: Pet owners need to be responsible!

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