Doctor Faustus (1967)

Doctor Faustus poster

Nassau Films
Starring:
 Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor
Directed by: Richard Burton, Nevill Coghill

Synopsis: Based on the play The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe, this film tells the classic Faust story of a man who sells his soul to the devil.

Kitty Cameo: In one scene Doctor Faust (Richard Burton) appears before an emperor’s court. As he enters he is carrying a black cat, which is actually the character Mephistophilis. Faust sets the cat on the ground where the cat scratches himself.

Doctor Faustus - Faustus Richard Burton carrying black cat Mephistophilis into court

Doctor Faustus - black cat Mephistophilis scratching on floor

The cat later scurries off and is seen looking down upon the court when Faust is in need of his powers.

Doctor Faustus - black cat Mephistophilis running away

Doctor Faustus - Faustus Richard Burton dropping black cat Mephistophilis who scratches and runs away animated gif

Doctor Faustus - black cat Mephistophilis looking down from above

Final Mewsings: Hell must be itchy.


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The Big Turnaround (1988)

The Big Turnaround DVD

Dove Productions
Starring:
 Ernest Borgnine, Bryan Cranston
Directed by: Joe Cranston

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

Synopsis: A group of renegades defend a small southwestern town besieged by narcotics-driven crime and a ruthless (and musically inept) crime boss.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): Among the many characters in this confusing and bizarre low-budget exploitation film is a drunken doctor named Jim (Bryan Cranston). In several scenes Jim is seen at his home with a long-haired black cat named Archibald (Archie for short).

The Big Turnaround - Jim Bryan Cranston holding long-haired black cat Archibald in lap long shot

The Big Turnaround - Jim Bryan Cranston holding long-haired black cat Archibald in lap closer

Archie is as much a drunk as Jim and shares Jim’s liquor. When Jim doesn’t give the booze to him quickly enough, Archie growls. According to the American Humane Association’s website, mackerel juice was used in place of actual liquor.

The Big Turnaround - Jim Bryan Cranston pouring drink for long-haired black cat Archibald in lap long shot

The Big Turnaround - long-haired black cat Archibald drinking from tin

In another scene Jim talks to Archie about the girl he loves who doesn’t love him back. Archie’s tail is swishing quite a bit during this scene.

The Big Turnaround - Jim Bryan Cranston sitting with long-haired black cat Archibald outside

Finally Jim and Archibald are seen at home again, this time Archibald is playing chess with Jim, pushing one of the pieces (or rather licking at it and making it move).

The Big Turnaround - long-haired black cat Archibald looking at chess board

The Big Turnaround - long-haired black cat Archibald looking up from chess board

The Big Turnaround - black cat Archibald playing chess

The Big Turnaround - Jim Bryan Cranston playing chess with long-haired black cat Archibald

The Big Turnaround - extreme close up of long-haired black cat Archibald

Final Mewsings: Archibald probably had a long talk with his agent after this film.


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The Return of Dracula (1958)

The Return of Dracula poster

Gramercy Pictures
Starring:
 Francis Lederer, Jimmy Baird
Directed by: Paul Landres

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

Synopsis: Dracula (Francis Lederer) travels to Carleton, California, a small mining town, and moves in with an unsuspecting family of middle class Americans.

Kitty Cameo: We see a little boy named Mickey (Jimmy Baird) running around the hillsides calling out the name Nugget. Nugget turns out to be his pet tabby cat who has somehow gotten into a mining cave and down in a hole. “Gosh, Nugget, what’re ya doin’ down there?” Mickey sighs. It would appear that something was smeared on one of the boards to keep the cat actor interested and on mark.

The Return of Dracula - tabby cat Nugget in hole in mine

Unfortunately the train is coming early and Mickey has to leave Nugget where he is to alert his family. We do not see Nugget again, but after Dracula arrives he ends up taking up residence, coffin and all, in the caves. Mickey later comes crying into the kitchen to tell his mom and sister that he found Nugget dead in the mine, covered with blood. “Something killed him, Ma!” Mickey cries.

The Return of Dracula - closer of tabby cat Nugget in hole in mine

Final Mewsings: Someone really needs to make a sequel to this movie called “The Vampire Cat of Carelton.”

Many thanks to Ted Davis for spotting the cat in this movie!


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Hawaii Five-0 – “King Kamehameha Blues”

Hawaii Five-0 Season Two DVD

Original Air Date: November 12, 1969
Starring: Jack Lord, James MacArthur, Randall Duk Kim
Directed by: Barry Shear

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

Synopsis: A group of young college students decide to break into the Bishop Museum and steal King Kamehameha’s cloak just for kicks.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): The students stage a test run to find out how quickly the police will arrive on the scene. Eddie (Randall Duk Kim) gets up on the roof of the museum and bypasses the alarm over a skylight so he can cut the wire and open it up. Once done he picks up a white cat which he has stashed aside. The cat, which has one blue eye and one yellow eye, is wearing a makeshift harness.

Hawaii Five-0 - King Kamehameha's Blues - white cat Sam with blue and yellow eyes on roof in harness

Hawaii Five-0 - King Kamehameha's Blues - white cat Sam on roof in harness with Eddie Randall Duk Kim

Eddie lowers the cat, whose name is Sam, down into the museum by a rope attached to the harness. The cat meows on the way down and looks nervous.

Hawaii Five-0 - King Kamehameha's Blues - white cat Sam in harness being lowered through skylight by Eddie Randall Duk Kim

Hawaii Five-0 - King Kamehameha's Blues - white cat Sam being lowered through skylight in harness

Hawaii Five-0 - King Kamehameha's Blues - white cat Sam meowing while being lowered through skylight in harness

Hawaii Five-0 - King Kamehameha's Blues - white cat Sam being lowered through skylight in harness filmed from below

Hawaii Five-0 - King Kamehameha's Blues - white cat Sam being lowered by rope in harness

Hawaii Five-0 - King Kamehameha's Blues - white cat Sam meowing while being lowered by rope in harness

Eventually Sam gets to the floor (a little roughly) and climbs out of the harness. Earlier one of the other students had thrown a little catnip pouch onto the floor where the cloak is displayed.

Hawaii Five-0 - King Kamehameha's Blues - white cat Sam steps out of harness on floor of museum

Hawaii Five-0 - King Kamehameha's Blues - white cat Sam on museum floor

Hawaii Five-0 - King Kamehameha's Blues - white cat Sam looking around museum

Hawaii Five-0 - King Kamehameha's Blues - white cat Sam in museum

As Sam steps onto the floor around the exhibit an alarm goes off. But when guards and police appear moments later the cat is nowhere in sight.

Hawaii Five-0 - King Kamehameha's Blues - white cat Sam stepping into museum exhibit

Hawaii Five-0 - King Kamehameha's Blues - white cat Sam approaching catnip pouch on museum exhibit

McGarrett (Jack Lord) and Danno (James MacArthur) arrive on the scene but everyone is clueless as to how the alarm was triggered. Kono (Zulu) then approaches carrying Sam. McGarrett smiles as they approach.

Hawaii Five-0 - King Kamehameha's Blues - Kono Zulu approaches group with white cat Sam

“Look what I found behind Queen Emma’s silverware. And I thought I knew all the cats on the island,” Kono smiles, handing Sam to McGarrett.

Hawaii Five-0 - King Kamehameha's Blues - Kono Zulu holding white cat Sam

Danno (James MacArthur) asks if McGarrett still wants him to find out who triggered the alarm. “No,” McGarrett says, handing Sam to him, “Take him downtown and book him for trespassing. Read him his rights and give him some milk and catnip.”

Hawaii Five-0 - King Kamehameha's Blues - McGarrett Jack Lord holding white cat Sam with Danno James MacArthur

Danno laughs as McGarrett hands him the cat but Chin Ho (Kam Fong) isn’t laughing. Danno hands the cat to Chin, who then passes him back to Kono. “You heard what he said! Book him!”

Hawaii Five-0 - King Kamehameha's Blues - Chin Ho Kam Fong holding white cat Sam

Hawaii Five-0 - King Kamehameha's Blues - Kono Zulu holding white cat Sam

At least two cat actors played the part of Sam, because in this latter scene he has two blue eyes.

Hawaii Five-0 - King Kamehameha's Blues - Chin Ho Kam Fong holding white cat Sam

Final Mewsings: What happened to the catnip pouch?

Many thanks to Jerry Otwell for letting us know about the cat in this episode!


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L’anima mavi (2009)

Directed by: Julia Gromskaya

Synopsis: A beautiful animated short created by animator and artist Julia Gromskaya which travels through a painted dream world.

Kitty Cameo: An orange cat is featured twice in this short film. First the cat is seen sleeping with a woman. The cat turns blue as they get closer.

L'anima mavi - orange cat lying in bed with woman

L'anima mavi - orange cat lying in bed with woman

L'anima mavi - orange cat curled up with woman

L'anima mavi - orange cat turned blue with woman

Later the cat is on a windowsill as the woman lies curled in bed.

L'anima mavi - orange cat looking out window

L'anima mavi - orange cat on windowsill

L'anima mavi - orange cat on windowsill looking at woman curled in bed

Final Mewsings: Do cats who sleep with us share our dreams?

Many thanks to my sister, Cyn, for finding this animated short for us!


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