You’re Next! (1940)

You're Next! poster

Columbia Pictures Corporation
Starring:
 Walter Catlett, Monty Collins, Dudley Dickerson
Directed by: Del Lord

Synopsis: Slocum (Walter Catlett) and Pruitt (Monty Collins) are bumbling detectives looking for a missing banker who end up tangling with, what else, a gorilla.

Kitty Cameo: Slocum and Pruitt try using a dog to track the missing banker and end up handing the leash over to Sam (Dudley Dickerson), the banker’s servant. The dog then spots a white cat.

You're Next! - white cat standing in woods

The dog chases the cat into the basement of a house, pulling poor Sam along with him.

You're Next! - white cat running toward basement window

You're Next! - white cat running into basement with dog chasing and dragging Sam Dudley Dickerson animated gif

Final Mewsings: Cats try to get away from knockabout comedy.


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Nancy Drew: Detective (1938)

Nancy Drew Detective poster

Warner Bros.
Starring:
 Bonita Granville, Frankie Thomas
Directed by: William Clemens

Synopsis: Based on the popular books, Nancy Drew (Bonita Granville) sets out to find out the truth behind the sudden disappearance of a wealthy dowager.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): At one point in the film Nancy and her friend Ted (Frankie Thomas) are searching through a basement. Nancy points out two shining eyes glowing at them from a cupboard.

Nancy Drew Detective - glowing eyes in darkness

Ted strikes a match and the scary eyes are revealed to belong to an adorable fuzzy gray and white kitten.

Nancy Drew Detective - fuzzy grey and white kitten in cupboard

Nancy Drew Detective - Nancy Drew Bonita Granville and Ted Frankie Thomas find fuzzy grey and white kitten in cupboard animated gif

Nancy picks up the kitten and carries it with her throughout the rest of the scene. But when they later cut back to the basement the kitten is no longer there.

Nancy Drew Detective - Nancy Drew Bonita Granville holding fuzzy grey and white kitten with Ted Frankie Thomas

Nancy Drew Detective - Nancy Drew Bonita Granville holding fuzzy grey and white kitten with Ted Frankie Thomas

Nancy Drew Detective - Nancy Drew Bonita Granville holding fuzzy grey and white kitten with Ted Frankie Thomas

Nancy Drew Detective - Nancy Drew Bonita Granville holding fuzzy grey and white kitten

Final Mewsings: Good detectives don’t leave kittens in basements.

Many thanks to Kitty L. for letting us know about the kitten in this movie!


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Head of State (2003)

Head of State poster

Dreamworks
Starring:
 Chris Rock, Gammy Singer
Directed by: Chris Rock

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

Synopsis: Washington D.C. alderman Mays Gilliam (Chris Rock) is pegged by a political party as their patsy Presidential contender but he turns the tables on them when he starts to gain popularity.

Kitty Cameo: Near the beginning of the film Mays is shown as a man who helps out around the neighborhood. A building is about to be demolished but an elderly woman named Miss Pearl (Gammy Singer) refuses to leave the dangerous area. She insists her cat, Dionne, is inside the building. The woman stands outside shaking a packet of cat treats until the grey cat finally shows herself in the window.

Head of State - Miss Pearl Gammy Singer outside house calling to grey cat Dionne in window

Head of State - grey cat Dionne in window of abandoned building

Miss Pearl races inside just as the demolition crew has started the explosion sequence, which can’t be stopped. Mays runs in after the woman and finds her holding Dionne on the second floor.

Head of State - Miss Pearl Gammy Singer running into house calling to grey cat Dionne in window

Head of State - Miss Pearl Gammy Singer holding grey cat Dionne on lap

Head of State - Miss Pearl Gammy Singer holding grey cat Dionne on lap as Mays approaches

Mays convinces Miss Pearl that she’s in danger and the two run from the building, Mays holding what is obviously a fake stuffed cat as the building blows up behind them.

Head of State - Miss Pearl Gammy Singer and Mays Chris Rock holding fake grey cat Dionne as they run from building

Final Mewsings: Cats obviously can’t read warning signs.


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Crime Wave (1953)

Crime Wave poster

Warner Bros.
Starring:
 Sterling Hayden, Gene Nelson
Directed by: André De Toth

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

Synopsis: Ex-con Steve Lacey (Gene Nelson) is called upon by his former prison associates to help them rob a bank and escape to Mexico.

Purr Blur: After essentially strong-arming Steve and his wife Ellen (Phyllis Kirk) into going with them, the thugs take them to a different area. As Ben (Charles Bronson) leads them through an alley to a staircase, a cat which is between some trash cans runs away.

Crime Wave - cat between garbage cans

Crime Wave - cat running away from between garbage cans

Final Mewsings: Cats know to steer clear of Charles Bronson!

Many thanks to Ted Davis for spotting this Purr Blur for us.


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Heart Condition (1990)

Heart Condition poster

New Line Cinema
Starring:
 Bob Hoskins, Denzel Washington
Also Starring:  Felix, Max
Directed by: James D. Parriott

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

Synopsis: Racist cop Jack Moony (Bob Hoskins) is shocked to become the donor recipient of black lawyer Napoleon Stone’s (Denzel Washington) heart and even more surprised when Stone starts visiting him from the afterlife to help solve his murder.

Featured Feline: Moony owns a long-haired tabby cat named Chuck who appears in several scenes and even plays a small part in helping solve the mystery. Chuck is first seen in Moony’s apartment sniffing into a fishbowl which is filled with rolls of undeveloped film.

Heart Condition - long haired tabby Chuck reaching into fishbowl of film rolls

Moony comes home after a rough day and feeds Chuck some milk in a bowl as he sits down to a bottle of Jack Daniels. He even pours some of the whiskey into the cat’s milk. The cat actor(s) did a good job of blocking Bob Hoskins from the camera with his bushy tail, causing Hoskins to even brush the tail away at one point.

Heart Condition - Jack Moony Bob Hoskins pouring milk for long haired tabby Chuck on table

Heart Condition - Jack Moony Bob Hoskins pushing away tail of long haired tabby Chuck on table

Heart Condition - long haired tabby Chuck drinking from bowl in which whiskey is being poured

Moony suddenly has a heart attack and falls to the floor. Chuck looks down over the edge of the table, wondering what is happening. Moony calls out to Chuck and Chuck quickly responds … by going back to his bowl to eat.

Heart Condition - long haired tabby Chuck looking down from table

After the heart transplant and recovery, Moony comes home and is startled by Chuck jumping down out of nowhere in a classic spring-loaded cat moment.

Heart Condition - long haired tabby Chuck on step

Heart Condition - Jack Moony Bob Hoskins walking up stairs with long haired tabby cat Chuck

Chuck follows Moony up the stairs and to the apartment where Stone, as a ghost, is waiting outside. Chuck does not seem to notice Napoleon at all.

Heart Condition - Jack Moony Bob Hoskins with long haired tabby cat Chuck approaching Napoleon Stone Denzel Washington

They enter the apartment and Chuck jumps up and runs over the couch.

Heart Condition - long haired tabby cat Chuck jumps over couch with Napoleon Stone Denzel Washington in background

In another scene Moony is thrown out of bed by Stone and is lying on the floor. Chuck runs over and sniffs at him.

Heart Condition - long haired tabby cat Chuck running toward man under sheet on floor

Reaching a dead end in their investigation, Moony and Stone are sitting in the apartment when Chuck moves over to the fish bowl and starts to sniff inside again (there was obviously some kind of food placed inside the bowl to get the cat actor to stick his head inside). This helps Moony realize an important clue he has overlooked.

Heart Condition - long haired tabby cat Chuck looking at fish bowl

Heart Condition - long haired tabby cat Chuck poking head into fish bowl full of film

Chuck is next seen beside Moony’s answering machine as he listens to a message from Crystal Gerrity (Chloe Webb), who is in trouble.

Heart Condition - long haired tabby cat Chuck next to answering machine

In the end there is a wedding and Chuck is seen sitting and waiting in the limo.

Heart Condition - long haired tabby cat Chuck looking out of limousine window

Chuck was played by cat actors Felix and Max. The animal trainers on the film were Steve Berens and Bob Dunn working for Worldwide Movie Animals.

Heart Condition - Jack Moony Bob Hoskins with long haired tabby Chuck on table

Final Mewsings: If you want your cat to call 911, don’t put booze in his dinner!


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