The Fly (1958)

The Fly poster

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Starring:
 David Hedison, Patricia Owens, Charles Herbert
Directed by: Kurt Neumann

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

Synopsis: Scientist Andre Delambre (David Hedison) discovers the means to transfer matter across distances but makes the mistake of trying it on himself without noticing a fly has sneaked into the transporter with him.

Kitty Cameo: At the very beginning of the film we see the factory which Andre owns with his brother Francois (Vincent Price).  A black cat exits the yard of a home across the street and scurries to the door of the business.

The Fly - black cat Tom at night watchman's door

Gaston (Torben Meyer) the night watchman steps outside and picks up the cat.  He calls the cat M’sieur Tom and comments on how the feline is still looking for his lady love but that he will likely never see her again.

The Fly - night watchman Gaston with black cat Tom

Gaston then sets Tom down and he scurries back toward the house.

The Fly - black cat Tom running

Featured Feline: The missing lady love of the black cat is Dandelo, the Delambres’ white Angora cat.  Their son Phillipe (Charles Herbert) picks her up to play with her while Andre takes his wife Helene (Patricia Owens) down to his lab to show her his latest work.

The Fly - boy Phillipe with white angora cat Dandelo

A little later in the film Andre is trying to correct some imperfections with his machine.  At one point Dandelo wanders into the lab.

The Fly - white angora cat Dandelo wanders into lab

Andre gives Dandelo some milk in a saucer and then gets an idea.

The Fly - Andre gives white angora cat Dandelo some milk

He picks up Dandelo and the saucer and puts them both into his machine.

The Fly - Andre picks up white angora cat Dandelo

A moment later the cat and the saucer disappear.  Only the saucer reappears in the second machine, the cat is nowhere to be found, although Andre can hear her plaintiff meowing coming from nowhere.  The brave Dandelo is never recovered (although in the original story parts of her merge into Andre as well).

The Fly - white angora cat Dandelo in machine

Final Mewsings: Andre also discovered that scattered cat atoms can meow.


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