The Rink (1916)

The Rink poster

Mutual Film
Starring:
 Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, James. T. Kelley
Directed by: Charles Chaplin

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Synopsis: A waiter (Charlie Chaplin) serves patrons in a café and then flirts with a girl (Edna Purviance) in a roller skating rink.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): At the beginning of the film The Girl is seen with her Father (James T. Kelley) at home. A white fluffy kitten is sitting on the sleeping man’s chest while the man’s daughter dangles a wad of something on a string for the kitten to play with.

The Rink - white kitten playing by father's James T. Kelley face

The Father awakens when the kitten starts batting at his face.

The Rink - father James T. Kelley looking up at white kitten

The Rink - father James T. Kelley looking up at white kitten playing on his face animated gif

The Father gets up and the Daughter picks up the kitten and holds it before setting it down on a couch.

The Rink - daughter Edna Purviance holding white kitten with father James T. Kelley face

The Rink - daughter Edna Purviance and father James T. Kelley with white kitten on couch

Kitty Cameo:  Later in the film the Waiter is getting ready to serve someone as the Cook (Albert Austin) scolds him. The Waiter doesn’t see the tabby cat eating on the food tray and covers it with a cloche.

The Rink - cook Albert Austin and waiter Charlie Chaplin with cat about to be covered by cloche

The Waiter takes the tray out to a customer who is surprised when the cloche is removed, revealing the cat. The cat runs away.

The Rink - waiter Charlie Chaplin uncovering cat on food tray at table

The Rink - Chaplin covering cat and then uncovering cat with cloche animated gif

Final Mewsings: Cats like to be served but not to others.


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88 Minutes (2007)

88 Minutes DVD

Millennium Films
Starring:
 Al Pacino, Tammy Hui, Vicky Huang
Directed by: Jon Avnet

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Synopsis: Forensic psychologist Jack Gramm (Al Pacino) receives a phone call saying he only has 88 minutes to live on the day a man he helped to convict is to be executed.

Kitty Cameo: At the beginning of the film we see two sisters, Joanie and Janie Cates (Tammy Hui and Vicky Huang), in their apartment. Janie goes to bed as Joanie feeds the cat. She sets a bowl of food on the floor and calls for Kitty to come. She doesn’t realize a killer has entered their home until it is too late. The long-haired gray cat is sitting on the window sill outside the apartment looking in as the killer hoists Joanie to hang upside down with ropes and pulleys.

88 Minutes - long-haired gray cat outside window

The cat watches as the killer begins to hurt Joanie then stats meowing, which makes Janie get up and she, too, becomes a victim.

88 Minutes - long-haired gray cat looking in window

88 Minutes - long-haired gray cat looking in window from outside

The killer puts the bowl of food on the outside windowsill to appease the cat as he continues with his work.

88 Minutes - long-haired gray cat eating dry food from bowl in windowsill

Fortunately for Janie, Kitty starts to meow again in earnest. As the killer goes to the window someone outside yells to shut up the cat and Janie screams, scaring the killer away.

88 Minutes - long-haired gray cat meowing on windowsill

Final Mewsings: Cats can provide much-needed distraction.


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Trap Happy Porky (1945)

Warner Bros.
Starring:
 Mel Blanc
Directed by: Charles M. Jones

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Synopsis: Porky Pig deals with a mouse problem by using a cat and then has to deal with a cat problem.

Cartoon Cats: After Porky unsuccessfully tries to trap the mice which are running rampant in his rented cabin, he wonders how he’s going to get rid of the rodents. There is a knock at the door and when it opens a black and white cat stands there holding a sign with an arrow pointing down saying, “Does this answer your question?”

Trap Happy Porky - black and white cat holding sign

Porky happily welcomes the cat inside and leads him to the kitchen.

Trap Happy Porky - Porky Pig welcomes in black and white cat

The mice are nervous when they see the cat.

Trap Happy Porky - mice look out nervously at black and white cat

The cat baits an elaborate Rube Goldberg-style trap and then waits for the results.

Trap Happy Porky - black and white cat putting cheese on fish hook

Trap Happy Porky - black and white cat waiting for trap to work

The set up is successful and the cat is able to eliminate all the mice one by one.

Trap Happy Porky - Porky happy as black and white cat carries out mouse

Porky is thrilled that he can now get some sleep and pats the cat before racing up to bed.

Trap Happy Porky - Porky Pig with happy black and white cat

Before Porky can get any sleep there is a loud ruckus which sounds like a piano being thrown around. He races downstairs to find the cat is now drunk with his cat buddies and singing On Moonlight Bay at the top of their kitty lungs.

Trap Happy Porky - drunk cats singing by piano

Trap Happy Porky - cats drinking in front of Porky Pig

Trap Happy Porky - drunk cats resume singing

Porky tries to stop them but the cats eject him. The black and white cat then shoots Porky away using the doorknob like a pinball shooter.

Trap Happy Porky - black and white cat uses doorknob as pinball shooter

The cats then bundle Porky outside while singing For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow.

Trap Happy Porky - cats carrying Porky Pig outside

Porky races to town and gets a bulldog which he sends in to deal with the cats. But the bulldog just gets drunk and sings When Irish Eyes Are Smiling with them instead.

Trap Happy Porky - bulldog singing with drunk cats

In the end Porky decides just to join them in their song.

Trap Happy Porky - Porky Pig singing with drunk cats and bulldog

Final Mewsings: Cats know how to work hard and party harder.


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Amarilly of Clothes-Line Alley (1918)

Amarilly poster

Mary Pickford Company
Starring:
 Mary Pickford, William Scott, Kate Price
Directed by: Marshall A. Neilan

Synopsis: Amarilly Jenkins (Mary Pickford) is a girl from a poor Irish family who falls in the company of a society ne’er-do-well (Norman Kerry) which may ruin her long-standing relationship with her beau Terry (William Scott).

Kitty Cameos: In one scene the Jenkins family is sitting down to supper and Terry stops in to join them. Underneath the chairs at the table are numerous kittens and a mama cat.

Amarilly of Clothes-Line Alley - kittens seen under supper table

Amarilly of Clothes-Line Alley - kittens still seen under supper table

Amarilly of Clothes-Line Alley - more kittens seen under supper table

Final Mewsings: Cats are never far away at supper time.


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Nice Girl? (1941)

Nice Girl? poster

Universal Pictures
Starring:
 Deanna Durbin, Franchot Tone, Robert Benchley
Directed by: William A. Seiter

Synopsis: Jane Dana (Deanna Durbin) is tired of her good girl image and so she flirts with a business associate of her father’s, inadvertently causing a small town scandal.

Purr Blur: In the scene in which Jane is first introduced she is singing while preparing food for her father’s rabbits, who are undergoing nutritional testing. A white cat is sitting to one side of her.

Nice Girl - Dana Deanna Durbin and white cat

The cat gets up and walks off screen, not to be seen again.

Nice Girl - white cat walking behind Dana Deanna Durbin

Final Mewsings: Cats skip the musical numbers.

Many thanks to Kitty L. for spotting this cat for us!


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