Boys on the Side (1995)

Boys on the Side poster

Alcor Films
Starring:
 Whoopi Goldberg, Mary-Louise Parker
Directed by: Herbert Ross

Synopsis: Nightclub singer Jane (Whoopi Goldberg) and real estate agent Robin (Mary-Louise Parker) have nothing in common but end up taking a road trip to California together.

Purr Blurs: In an establishing shot outside of a hotel, a Bengal tabby cat and an orange tabby cat are seen very briefly on top of a car.

Boys on the Side - Bengal tabby cat on car outside hotel

Boys on the Side - Bengal and orange tabby cats on car outside hotel

Final Mewsings: Cats would check into hotels if they could.

Many thanks to Nick Wale for letting us know about the cats in this film.


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The Last of the Mobile Hot Shots (1970)

The Last of the Mobile Hot Shots poster

Also Known As:  Blood Kin
Warner Bros.
Starring:
 James Coburn, Lynn Redgrave, Robert Hooks
Directed by: Sidney Lumet

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

Synopsis: Based on the play Kingdom of Earth (aka The Seven Descents of Myrtle) by Tennessee Williams. Myrtle (Lynn Redgrave) marries a man she’s just met named Lot (James Coburn) and travels to his dilapidated New Orleans plantation whose ownership is disputed between himself and his half-brother Chicken (Robert Hooks).

Featured Feline: Myrtle splits her time between her invalid husband Lot upstairs and Chicken downstairs, both of whom confuse and manipulate her to their will. Chicken notes that her eyes are red and to cover the fact she’s been crying she says she is allergic to animals and bets there is a cat nearby. Hook informs her he does have a cat and she asks him to get rid of it. Chicken goes to the next room to call for the cat and seconds later he returns carrying a tabby cat with white markings.

The Last of the Mobile Hot Shots - tabby and white cat being carried by Chicken

The Last of the Mobile Hot Shots - tabby and white cat being carried by Chicken

Kitty Carnage Warning!  Much to Myrtle’s shock, Chicken opens a trap door and drops the cat down into what looks like deep black water. When Myrtle cries out in shock, Chicken assures her that the cat swam to the woodpile and also points out that she was the one who told him to get rid of it.

The Last of the Mobile Hot Shots - tabby and white cat being carried by Chicken who is opening trap door

The Last of the Mobile Hot Shots - tabby and white cat being held above open trap door by Chicken

As shocking as this appears on screen, when you slow down and pause the footage you can see the cat was actually only dropped into a few inches of water and stands looking confused.

The Last of the Mobile Hot Shots - tabby and white cat down in trap door in inches of water looking confused

The Last of the Mobile Hot Shots - tabby and white cat down in trap door in inches of water looking confused

Later Myrtle comes back downstairs and finds Chicken sitting on a chair with the cat in his lap. “That cat didn’t drown itself,” she notes.

The Last of the Mobile Hot Shots - tabby and white cat down in Chicken Robert Hooks lap with Myrtle Lynn Redgrave

The Last of the Mobile Hot Shots - tabby and white cat down in Chicken Robert Hooks lap

Moments later Chicken is once again intimidating Myrtle and notes her eyes are red. He immediately grabs the cat by the scruff and makes like he’s going to throw the animal into the water again. The cat is gone in the next shot and we’re not sure if it ended up taking another dunk or not.

The Last of the Mobile Hot Shots - tabby and white cat being grabbed by Chicken Robert Hooks as Myrtle Lynn Redgrave protests

The Last of the Mobile Hot Shots - tabby and white cat being grabbed by Chicken Robert Hooks as Myrtle Lynn Redgrave protests

Final Mewsings: Cats would prefer to choose their own swim times.


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The Dana Carvey Show – “Episode 7”

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Original Air Date: April 30, 1996
Starring: Dana Carvey, Steve Carell
Directed by: John Fortenberry

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

Synopsis: Sketches in this episode include an opening monologue by Newt Gingrich, a parody of The Wizard of Oz and a funny look at sports broadcasting.

Kitty Cameo: The sports segment focuses on basketball as a trio of NBA referees are interviewed, the joke being everything makes them look super small in the world of the giant basketball stars. They sit on a giant bench and at one point a player comes in and dwarves them. The topper to this gag is when Marv Albert (Dana Carvey) says that things got even more out of hand when a cat got into the locker room. A tabby cat is seen sitting on a bench as the three tiny referees run for their lives. What makes the scene even funnier is the fact that the cat couldn’t look less interested.

The Dana Carvey Show - Episode 7 - giant cat on bench with small referees running away

The Dana Carvey Show - Episode 7 - giant cat on bench with small referees running away

The Dana Carvey Show - Episode 7 - giant cat on bench with small referees running away animated gif

Final Mewsings: Cats can’t be bothered with eating referees.

Many thanks to Stevie Holcomb for spotting this TV cat for us!


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Eleanor (2011)

Directed by: Chloé Bury

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Synopsis: A reclusive woman is afraid to face the world despite encouragement from her cat.

Cartoon Cat: Eleanor works in a church and lives in an adjacent cottage with her adorable white cat.

Eleanor - white cat petted by Eleanor while eating

Eleanor - white cat eating with Eleanor in background

She sweeps up the rice from the floor after weddings (no doubt this was inspired by the Beatles song Eleanor Rigby) as her cat runs around.

Eleanor - white cat running around Eleanor as she sweeps up rice from church floor

But Eleanor won’t step outside the doors. She has agoraphobia and depression, a crippling duo of social disorders which makes the world a terrifying place.

Eleanor - white cat with Eleanor who is tempted to step outside

Eleanor - white cat encouraging Eleanor to step outside

Eleanor - white cat watching Eleanor run back inside

Sadly she slips further and further into her seclusion. The cat tries to encourage her and is her constant comfort.

Eleanor - white cat at Eleanor's feet

Eleanor - white cat comforting Eleanor

Eleanor - white cat concerned for Eleanor

Eleanor - white cat with Eleanor in deep despair

We won’t tell you what happens. This is a very short, sweet film that really needs to be seen to be appreciated.

Eleanor - white cat looking out window

Final Mewsings: Cats sometimes know what’s best for us even when we don’t.


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Clown Princes (1939)

Our Gang Clown Princes poster

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Starring:
 Carl “Alfalfa” Switzer, George ‘Spanky’ McFarland
Directed by: George Sidney

Synopsis: The Gang puts on a circus to raise money so Porky’s family can afford their rent payment.

Kitty Cameo: As was common with these shorts, several neighborhood animals are brought in to play the part of the beasts on display. A black cat has been painted with white spots and paces in a cage marked “Wild Spotted Leopard”.

Clown Princes - black cat with white painted spots in cage marked Wild Spotted Leopard

Clown Princes - black cat with white painted spots pacing in cage

Clown Princes - black cat with white painted spots pacing in cage

Clown Princes - black cat with white painted spots in cage marked Wild Spotted Leopard animated gif

Final Mewsings: The cat was happy that the kids learned how to spell.


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