Cat Show – Olympia (1969)

British Pathé

Synopsis: Many cats are showcased at the National Championship Cat Show, Olympia in 1969.

Reality Cats: A newsreel segment from British Pathé shows many lovely cats featured in the show, which drew more entries that year than ever before. First shown is a Seal Point Siamese Champion named Redleaf Benni.

Cat Show Olympia 1969 - Siamese cat Redleaf Benni

Two Devon Rex cats are then then showcased.

Cat Show Olympia 1969 - Devon Rex cat

Cat Show Olympia 1969 - Devon Rex cat close up

Cat Show Olympia 1969 - Devon Rex cat

Champion White Persian Coylum Marcus is then seen. The cat was worth 2,000 pounds, winning a place in the Guinness Book of Records as the most expensive, and even had his own security guard.

Cat Show Olympia 1969 - white Persian champion cat Coylum Marcus being held

Cat Show Olympia 1969 - white Persian champion cat Coylum Marcus close up

Cat Show Olympia 1969 - white Persian champion cat Coylum Marcus being put in cage by security guard

Some Persian kittens are then seen being held and petted.

Cat Show Olympia 1969 - black and white Persian kittens

Finally a “well-preserved” nineteen year old cat is shown, the oldest cat at the show.

Cat Show Olympia 1969 - 19 year old tabby cat

Final Mewsings: Every cat is a champion in their own way.


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Chamber of Horrors (1966)

Chamber of Horrors poster

Warner Bros.
Starring:
 Patrick O’Neal, Wayne Rogers
Directed by: Hy Averback

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

Synopsis: A seriously demented killer named Cravatte (Patrick O’Neal) is on the loose with an obsession for women in wedding dresses.

Kitty Cameo: At the beginning of the film a tabby cat is sitting next to a player piano which is playing a roll of music.

Chamber of Horrors - tabby cat sitting on piano stool by player piano

The rolls gets to the end and rewinds. The cat seems unfazed by this sudden noise.

Chamber of Horrors - tabby cat sitting on piano stool by player piano

The piano is the background music for a wedding taking place betweem Cravatte and his murdered victim, performed at gunpoint by a very unwilling minister. The cat is watching this from the piano stool (note how the music roll changes positions between cuts).

Chamber of Horrors - tabby cat sitting on piano stool by player piano

Chamber of Horrors - tabby cat sitting on piano stool by player piano

Chamber of Horrors - tabby cat sitting on piano stool by player piano

Eventually the minister tells the police and Police Sgt. Jim Albertson (Wayne Rogers) arrives at the house to find the tabby cat sitting next to the dead women, whom Cravatte has laid out in her wedding dress.

Chamber of Horrors - tabby cat sitting next to body of dead woman on bed

Chamber of Horrors - tabby cat sitting next to body of dead woman on bed being checked by Police Sgt. Jim Albertson Wayne Rogers

The cat remains mostly aloof and sleepy-looking as Albertson does a quick check, only leaning over to sniff at the Sergeant’s hand once. In the end the Sergeant briefly touches the cat before the scene ends.

Chamber of Horrors - tabby cat sitting next to body of dead woman on bed being checked by Police Sgt. Jim Albertson Wayne Rogers

Chamber of Horrors - tabby cat sitting next to body of dead woman on bed being checked by Police Sgt. Jim Albertson Wayne Rogers

Final Mewsings: Cats are apparently bored by both murder and player pianos.

Many thanks to Ted Davis for letting us know about the cat in this movie.


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The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)

The Spiderwick Chronicles poster

Paramount Pictures
Starring:
 Freddie Highmore, Sarah Bolger
Directed by: Mark Waters

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

Synopsis: The Grace family moves into the dilapidated mansion belonging to a relative where the children soon discover a secret world surrounds them.

Kitty Cameo: The children consist of an older sister named Mallory (Sarah Bolger) and two twin boys, Jared and Simon (both played by Freddie Highmore). Simon owns an orange tabby cat named Mr. Tibbs. The cat is first seen when the mother and Simon enter the house with Simon carrying the cat and assuring him that it’s okay.

The Spiderwick Chronicles - Simon Freddie Highmore holding orange tabby cat Tibbs in doorway

Jared soon discovers a secret room with a book belonging to the former resident named Spiderwick. After a scare, Jared rushes into his bedroom and awakens his brother. Mr. Tibbs is sleeping on the bed and doesn’t move at all. It would appear a stuffed cat was used during these scenes.

The Spiderwick Chronicles - orange tabby cat Tibbs sleeping on Simon's bed as Jared Freddie Highmore tries to wake him up

The Spiderwick Chronicles - orange tabby cat Tibbs still sleeping on Simon's bed as Jared Freddie Highmore walks away

This theory plays out when the boys later hear their sister screaming and Simon sits upright in bed suddenly yet Mr. Tibbs still doesn’t move!

The Spiderwick Chronicles - orange tabby cat Tibbs sleeping on Simon's bed as Simon Freddie Highmore sits up quickly

Later Jared and his sister are fighting and come down the stairs. Simon is holding Mr. Tibbs and they both looks up.

The Spiderwick Chronicles - orange tabby cat Tibbs with Simon Freddie Highmore on chair

As the plot progresses and things become difficult, Jared learns some distressing news. As he does, his sister and brother stand by sympathetically. Simon picks up Mr. Tibbs from the table.

The Spiderwick Chronicles - orange tabby cat Tibbs held by Simon Freddie Highmore behind Mallory Sarah Bolger

The Spiderwick Chronicles - orange tabby cat Tibbs held by Simon Freddie Highmore behind Mallory Sarah Bolger

Knowing that they have to locate Spiderwick, Jared notices Mr. Tibbs and it gives him an idea.

The Spiderwick Chronicles - closer of orange tabby cat Tibbs held by Simon

Oddly enough in the close up shot Mr. Tibbs has a very distinguishing brown mark on his nose, but in other scenes with the cat this mark is not there. Mr. Tibbs is not seen again throughout the film.

The Spiderwick Chronicles - orange tabby cat Tibbs held by Simon Freddie Highmore with Jared and Mallory Sarah Bolger

The Spiderwick Chronicles - orange tabby cat Tibbs held by Simon Freddie Highmore with Jared and Mallory Sarah Bolger

The Spiderwick Chronicles - orange tabby cat Tibbs held by Simon Freddie Highmore with Jared and Mallory Sarah Bolger

Final Mewsings: Cat actors appreciate good continuity.

Many thanks to Nick Wale for letting us know about the cat in this film!


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Halloween II (1981)

Halloween II poster

Universal Pictures
Starring:
 Jamie Lee Curtis, Cliff Emmich
Directed by: Rick Rosenthal

Synopsis: Picking up from where the first movie left off, Michael Meyers continues his killing spree while searching for Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis).

Purr Blur: Michael’s search takes him to the hospital where Laurie has been admitted. In one scene a security guard named Mr. Garrett (Cliff Emmich) is searching around back and sees some blood in a dumpster. A second later a gray cat leaps from the bin in true spring-loaded cat fashion and jumps on the man, knocking him backwards into some garbage cans.

Halloween II - gray cat jumping out of garbage dumpster

Halloween II - gray cat jumping onto security guard Mr. Garrett Cliff Emmich

Halloween II - gray cat and security guard Mr. Garrett Cliff Emmich falling backwards into garbage cans

Halloween II - gray cat jumping out of dumpster at security guard Mr. Garrett Cliff Emmich animated gif

Final Mewsings: And you thought Michael Meyers was scary!

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The Boogie Man Will Get You (1942)

The Boogie Man Will Get You poster

Columbia Pictures Corporation
Starring:
 Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff
Directed by: Lew Landers

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

Synopsis: Winnie Slade (Jeff Donnell) is newly divorced and looking to be independent, so she invests in an old inn occupied by a mad scientist named Prof. Nathaniel Billings (Boris Karloff).

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): One of the kooky characters in this horror comedy is Dr. Arthur Lorencz (Peter Lorre), a literal man-of-all-trades who pops in often to serve various purposes. When he first arrives he acts as a notary public overseeing the sale of the house. As he prepares the sale, he pulls a Siamese kitten out of his pocket and sets her on the desk.

The Boogie Man Will Get You - Dr. Arthur Lorencz Peter Lorre with Siamese kitten on desk

The Boogie Man Will Get You - Dr. Arthur Lorencz Peter Lorre with Siamese kitten on desk

The Boogie Man Will Get You - Siamese kitten being taken out of pocket by Dr. Arthur Lorencz Peter Lorre animated gif

The Boogie Man Will Get You - Dr. Arthur Lorencz Peter Lorre with Siamese kitten on desk

The Boogie Man Will Get You - Dr. Arthur Lorencz Peter Lorre with Siamese kitten on desk

Winnie and her ex-husband Bill (Larry Parks) pay a visit to Lorencz after finding a dead body in Billings’ lab. The signs outside the man’s home indicate he also is a Doctor, Justice of the Peace, Mayor, Coroner and handles Loans and Insurance. Before entering Lorencz’ home the Siamese kitten is seen sitting on a desk.

The Boogie Man Will Get You - Siamese kitten on desk

After telling him about the corpse, Lorencz steps into his role as Sheriff and picks up the Siamese kitten, placing her in his pocket.

The Boogie Man Will Get You - Dr. Arthur Lorencz Peter Lorre with Siamese kitten at desk next to Winnie Jeff Donnell and Bill Larry Parks

The Boogie Man Will Get You - Dr. Arthur Lorencz Peter Lorre placing Siamese kitten in pocket with Winnie Jeff Donnell and Bill Larry Parks

Instead of arresting Billings, Lorencz agrees to go into business with him and they sign a contract with the kitten sitting on the table. Once again Lorencz finishes by placing the kitten in his pocket.

The Boogie Man Will Get You - Dr. Arthur Lorencz Peter Lorre and Dr. Billings Boris Karloff with Siamese kitten on table

The kitten is seen briefly as Billings and Lorencz approach the house.

The Boogie Man Will Get You - Dr. Arthur Lorencz Peter Lorre carrying Siamese kitten with Dr. Billings Boris Karloff approaching house

Looking for clues, Lorencz and Billings search a room. The kitten continually mews until Lorencz takes her out of his pocket and asks what she wants. “You know it isn’t milk time yet!”

The Boogie Man Will Get You - Siamese kitten being held

The Boogie Man Will Get You - Siamese kitten being held

The Boogie Man Will Get You - Siamese kitten being taken out of pocket by Dr. Arthur Lorencz Peter Lorre with Dr. Billings Boris Karloff animated gif

Lorencz sets the kitten down on the floor, feeling the kitten is sensing something. “You know she has the most amazing instinct for crime and corruption,” he explains to Billings.

The Boogie Man Will Get You - Dr. Arthur Lorencz Peter Lorre holding Siamese kitten with Dr. Billings Boris Karloff

The kitten runs into another room and starts pawing at a door. Lorencz picks up the kitten and asks, “Really?” then pockets the kitten while telling Billings, “I told you so!”

The Boogie Man Will Get You - Siamese kitten running out of room

The Boogie Man Will Get You - Siamese kitten scratching at door

The Boogie Man Will Get You - Siamese kitten runs from room and scratches at door animated gif

The Boogie Man Will Get You - Dr. Arthur Lorencz Peter Lorre holding Siamese kitten with Dr. Billings Boris Karloff

The kitten is only seen again briefly in the basement as Billings and Lorencz are moving unconscious people into another room.

The Boogie Man Will Get You - Dr. Arthur Lorencz Peter and Dr. Billings Boris Karloff carrying body with Siamese kitten nearby

Final Mewsings: Is that a kitten in you pocket … ?

Many thanks to Ted Davis for letting us know about the kitten in this movie!


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