Frantic (1988)

Frantic poster

Warner Bros.
Starring:
 Harrison Ford, Emmanuelle Seigner
Directed by: Roman Polanski

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

Synopsis: Dr. Richard Walker (Harrison Ford) is confused and desperate when his wife mysteriously disappears from their Paris hotel room.

Kitty Cameo: During his long and exasperating search for his wife, Dr. Walker ends up at the apartment of a man named Dede. He waits for an answer to his knock at the door then realized the door is open and looks inside. A gray cat is sitting on the arm of a couch as he enters.

Frantic - gray cat sitting on arm of couch in apartment behind Dr. Walker Harrison Ford

Frantic - gray cat sitting on arm of couch in apartment as Dr. Walker Harrison Ford enters

The cat jumps down and heads for the door but Dr. Walker puts out his foot to keep the cat from going out, closing the door.

Frantic - gray cat heading for door of apartment

After finding a shocking discovery, Dr. Walker leaves the apartment in a hurry and the door slowly opens again, letting the cat out.

Frantic - gray cat walking towards open door of apartment

Later Dr. Walker returns to the building and is sitting in the dark waiting for someone to arrive. The gray cat sits nearby, looking at him.

Frantic - gray cat sitting by stairs in the dark

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t like being shut in.


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Kvinnors väntan (1952)

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English Title: Waiting Women
Also Known As: Secrets of Women
Svensk Filmindustri (SF)
Starring:
 Maj-Britt Nilsson, Anita Björk
Directed by: Ingmar Bergman

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Synopsis: Three sisters-in-law share stories about the relationships with their husbands while waiting for the men to arrive at a secluded cabin retreat.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): The second of the three stories told is that of Marta (Maj-Britt Nilsson) who explains how she became pregnant by an artist named Martin (Birger Malmsten) who found himself suddenly having to quit painting and join the family business. Marta keeps the pregnancy secret and has the baby alone. As she wakes up one day towards the end of her expectancy in her parents’ apartment, she walks into the bathroom to splash some water on herself to cool off. A small, dark cat is sitting in the hallway as she approaches.

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten in hallway as Marta Maj-Britt Nilsson approaches

She stops to lean down and push the cat aside, not roughly but still the kitten wasn’t really in her way. She then continues to the bathroom.

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten in hallway pushed aside as Marta Maj-Britt Nilsson passes

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten in hallway watching Marta Maj-Britt Nilsson walk into other room

The cat is later seen in the middle of the living room as Marta looks out a window.

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten in living room with Marta Maj-Britt Nilsson at window

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten in living room with Marta Maj-Britt Nilsson at window

The kitten is next on a mantel as Marta makes a phone call, watching as she hangs up the receiver.

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten on mantel

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten on mantel as hand reaches to hang up phone

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten on mantel as hand reaches to hang up phone

As Marta prepares to walk to the hospital, she stops in front of a mirror. The kitten is in her bag!

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten in bag with Marta Maj-Britt Nilsson

Marta takes the kitten to the hospital with her and is petting it in the waiting room.

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten being petted by Marta Maj-Britt Nilsson in hospital waiting room

When Marta is finally seen by a nurse, the woman is surprised to see the cat. But she simply asks a younger nurse to take the kitten from Marta. This is done very kindly and gently, but the kitten is not seen again even after Marta gives birth.

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten in Marta Maj-Britt Nilsson bag in admission area of hospital with nurses

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten in Marta Maj-Britt Nilsson bag in admission area of hospital with nurses

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten being taken from Marta Maj-Britt Nilsson by nurse in admission area of hospital

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten being taken from Marta Maj-Britt Nilsson by nurse in admission area of hospital

Final Mewsings: Why would anyone trade in a cat for a baby?


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Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Raiders of the Lost Ark poster

Paramount Pictures
Starring:
 Harrison Ford, Karen Allen
Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Synopsis: Archeologist Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) goes in search of the legendary Ark of the Covenent hoping to find it before the Nazis.

Purr Blur: When Marion (Karen Allen) is grabbed by goons in Cairo, Indiana runs through the streets after her. At one point he rounds a corner and comes to a quick halt. A tuxedo cat is sitting in the narrow pathway and is startled by Indy’s sudden appearance.

Raiders of the Lost Ark - tuxedo cat in narrow Cairo street as Indiana Jones Harrison Ford turns corner

Raiders of the Lost Ark - tuxedo cat in narrow Cairo street as Indiana Jones Harrison Ford turns corner

As Indiana tries to figure out which way the men took Marion, the cat gets up and starts to move away.

Raiders of the Lost Ark - tuxedo cat moving away in narrow Cairo street as Indiana Jones Harrison Ford turns corner

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t appreciate being startled by archeologists.


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Beethoven (1992)

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Universal Pictures
Starring:
 Charles Grodin, Dean Jones
Directed by: Brian Levant

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Synopsis: A large St. Bernard named Beethoven adopts the Newton family but also catches the attention of an unscrupulous veterinarian.

Kitty Cameo: As a puppy, Beethoven escapes from some dognappers who work for the evil vet and finds himself wandering the streets. As he passes a picket fence a white cat is sitting out of view.

Beethoven - white cat sitting by fence as St. Bernard puppy Beethoven approaches

Beethoven - white cat sitting by fence as St. Bernard puppy Beethoven approaches

As the puppy rounds the corner the white cat hisses and then swipes at the puppy, causing him to scurry away.

Beethoven - white cat sitting on front walk of house

Beethoven - white cat hissing on front walk of house

This action was achieved by the dog actor being led toward the cat actor, who was held in place by a tie down, causing the cat to react and hiss.

Beethoven - white cat sitting on front walk of house closer

Beethoven - white cat hissing on front walk of house

Beethoven - white cat hissing on front walk of house at St. Bernard puppy Beethoven animated gif

Purr Blur:  Later in the film a woman is sitting with a Siamese cat in a carrier in the evil veterinarian’s office.

Beethoven - woman sitting in waiting room with Siamese cat in carrier

Final Mewsings: Cats aren’t fans of movies starring dogs.


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Jason King – “That Isn’t Me, It’s Somebody Else”

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Original Air Date: April 28, 1972
Starring: Peter Wyngarde, George Murcell
Directed by: Roy Ward Baker

Synopsis: An international crime boss named Bonisalvi (George Murcell) invites Jason King (Peter Wyngarde) to visit his home in Italy, but a rival crime syndicate decides to send an imposter to gain access to the reclusive mobster.

Kitty Cameo: Bonislavi owns a long-haired ginger tabby cat which is usually seen sitting on the man’s lap or being held in the man’s arms.

Jason King - That Isn't Me, It's Somebody Else - long-haired ginger tabby cat sitting on lap of Bonisalvi George Murcell

Jason King - That Isn't Me, It's Somebody Else - long-haired ginger tabby cat sitting on lap of Bonisalvi George Murcell

Jason King - That Isn't Me, It's Somebody Else - long-haired ginger tabby cat sitting on lap of Bonisalvi George Murcell

Jason King - That Isn't Me, It's Somebody Else - long-haired ginger tabby cat being held by Bonisalvi George Murcell

Jason King - That Isn't Me, It's Somebody Else - long-haired ginger tabby cat being held by Bonisalvi George Murcell

Jason King - That Isn't Me, It's Somebody Else - long-haired ginger tabby cat sitting on lap of Bonisalvi George Murcell

When the man stands up, he often sets the cat down on the desk.

Jason King - That Isn't Me, It's Somebody Else - long-haired ginger tabby cat standing on desk

Jason King - That Isn't Me, It's Somebody Else - long-haired ginger tabby cat standing on desk in front of Bonisalvi George Murcell

Jason King - That Isn't Me, It's Somebody Else - long-haired ginger tabby cat standing on desk in front of Bonisalvi George Murcell

The cat seems somewhat uncomfortable and often tries to move from the man’s lap. But the actor manages to keep the cat in place through most of the scenes.

Jason King - That Isn't Me, It's Somebody Else - long-haired ginger tabby cat fidgeting in lap of Bonisalvi George Murcell

Final Mewsings: Cats have apparently graced the laps of bad guys all over the world!

Many thanks to Ted Davis for letting us know about the cat in this episode!


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