Il poliziotto è marcio (1974)

Shoot First, Die Later poster

English Title: Shoot First, Die Later
Cinemaster S.r.l.
Starring:
 Luc Merenda, Vittorio Caprioli
Directed by: Fernando Di Leo

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

Synopsis: Domenico Malacarne (Luc Merenda) is a well-respected cop who gets caught in a sticky situation because of his playing both sides of the law.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): At the beginning of the film an eccentric older man named Esposito (Vittorio Caprioli) is trying to leave his home but a sportcars is blocking the gate. He is carrying a little tabby cat named Napoleon in a basket. Esposito is furious and notes the Swiss license plate on the car.

Shoot First, Die Later - Esposito Vittorio Caprioli with tabby cat Napoleon in basket

Shoot First, Die Later - Esposito Vittorio Caprioli with tabby cat Napoleon in basket

Esposito later goes to the police station to complain about the offense, still carrying Napoleon in a basket. Napoleon wears a little sweater and has a scarf around his neck. It’s clear from his conversation that Esposito is a constant complainer and troublemaker so the Sergeant does not take him seriously.

Shoot First, Die Later - Esposito Vittorio Caprioli walking into police station with tabby cat Napoleon in basket

Shoot First, Die Later - Esposito Vittorio Caprioli with tabby cat Napoleon in basket

Shoot First, Die Later - tabby cat Napoleon in basket

The car in question belonged to mobsters who were dumping a body. Domenico visits Esposito to ask what he has seen and Esposito introduces him to Napoleon.

Shoot First, Die Later - Esposito Vittorio Caprioli introducing tabby cat Napoleon to Domineco Luc Merenda

Shoot First, Die Later - Esposito Vittorio Caprioli introducing tabby cat Napoleon to Domineco Luc Merenda

Severe Kitty Carnage Warning!  The mob eventually sends goons to kill Esposito, which they do by putting a plastic bag over his head. Then one of the baddies spots Napoleon lapping up some spilt milk. In what is a very difficult scene to watch, the bad guy picks up Napoleon and shoves him into a plastic bag, which the thug then ties and dumps into a box. This is done for real, the cat actor struggles as he fights to stay out of the bag and is seen trying to get loose afterwards. Now we assume the cat was not left in the bag for any length of time to do it any serious harm, but it is still a very upsetting scene.

Shoot First, Die Later - tabby cat Napoleon lapping spilled milk from floor

Shoot First, Die Later - tabby cat Napoleon in box next to mob killer

Shoot First, Die Later - tabby cat Napoleon fighting against mob killer

Final Mewsings: Okay, we get the bad guys are bad, you don’t have to show them killing a cat!


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Bob – “Unforgiven”

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Original Air Date: November 13, 1992
Starring: Bob Newhart, Carlene Watkins
Directed by: Michael Zinberg

Synopsis: Bob (Newhart) is understandably nervous about the publishing of the premiere issue of Mad Dog and is even moreso when a printing error leaves off the last page of the story.

Featured Feline: In yet another classic moment, Bob is seen sitting on the couch watching television with Otto when Kaye (Carlene Watkins) walks in. She notes Bob must be preoccupied because he is watching Dumbo’s Circus.

Bob - Unforgiven - cat Otto sitting next to Bob Newhart on couch

Bob - Unforgiven - cat Otto sitting next to Bob Newhart on couch with Kaye Carlene Watkins

Kaye turns off the television and Otto meows in protest, jumping off the couch and running into the other room. “I didn’t turn it off!” Bob calls after him.

Bob - Unforgiven - cat Otto running into next room

Bob eventually turns back on the television and smiles. “Oh look! Donald Duck Presents is next!” Otto comes running back in and jumps on the couch next to Bob.

Bob - Unforgiven - Otto runs into living room and jumps onto couch next to Bob Newhart animated gif

Bob - Unforgiven - cat Otto on couch with Bob Newhart

Kaye turns the television off again and once again Otto cries and runs into the other room. “Honey, I know you’re irritated with me but you don’t have to take it out on the cat!” Bob notes.

Bob - Unforgiven - cat Otto running away from Bob Newhart on couch with Kaye Carlene Watkins

When Bob finally decides to go into the office he steels himself by pointing out he has his lucky marble, only he can’t find it. Otto then runs out of the other room chasing something across the floor. They run to Otto just as the marble plunks down through the heating grate.

Bob - Unforgiven - cat Otto by heating grate with Bob Newhart and Kaye Carlene Watkins

Bob gets down on the floor to look and says, “There’s a lot of marbles down there.” After a pause he adds, “Is that my driver’s license?” Otto then runs up the stairs.

Bob - Unforgiven - cat Otto by heating grate with Bob Newhart and Kaye Carlene Watkins

Bob - Unforgiven - cat Otto running up stairs

Later in the episode the family is in the kitchen when they hear Otto outside the door. When Bob opens the door, Albie (Andrew Bilgore) is holding him. “I brought you your cat, sir,” Albie says, setting Otto down. “Did he run away?” Bob asks. “No, I was just holding him to keep my fingers warm,” Albie explains.

Bob - Unforgiven - cat Otto held by Albie Andrew Bilgore with Bob Newhart

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t like it when people turn off the TV while they’re watching.

Many thanks to Stevie Holcomb for letting us know about Otto in this series!


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Ferdinand (2017)

Ferdinand poster

Twentieth Century Fox Animation
Starring:
 John Cena, Colin H. Murphy
Directed by: Carlos Saldanha

Synopsis: Based on the book by Munro Leaf. Ferdinand (voiced by Colin H. Murphy and John Cena) is a bull who would rather spend his days sniffing flowers than fighting.

Cartoon Cat: In one scene Ferdinand decides to go into town for the flower festival. His large presence startles many townspeople, including a woman who is watering some flowers in a pot on her windowsill. When Ferdinand stops and smells her flowers she is stunned. She accidentally pours water on her cat who is sleeping on the sill. The cat freaks out and jumps around, finally slamming into the bars over the window and knocking itself out.

Ferdinand - older woman in window with cat sleeping on sill

Ferdinand - older woman in window accidentally waters cat sleeping on sill

Ferdinand - cat freaking out in window after being accidentally watered

Ferdinand - cat hitting bars on window after freaking out

Ferdinand - cat freaking out in window after being accidentally watered animated gif

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t like to deal with bull.

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


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Cat Power (2013)

Cat Power poster

Deranged Squirrel Productions
Starring:
 Shanna Collins, Michael Hanson
Also Starring:  Charlie
Directed by: Craig A. Colton

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

Synopsis: A lost cat brings together a young woman and man who seem to be made for each other.

Featured Feline: While driving home from her sister’s wedding, Silvie (Shanna Collins) almost runs over an orange tabby cat that runs across the road.

Cat Power - orange tabby cat Meghan Charlie running in front of car

Silvie gets out of her car and finds the cat hiding underneath a car. She finally coaxes the cat out by meowing.

Cat Power - orange tabby cat Meghan Charlie lying under car

Cat Power - Silvie Shanna Collins holding up orange tabby cat Meghan Charlie

Silvie calls the number on the cat’s collar tag and reaches a guy named Brandon (Michael Hanson) who is excited that his cat Meghan has been found.

Cat Power - orange tabby cat Meghan Charlie inside car pawing at window

Cat Power - Silvie Shanna Collins on phone with orange tabby cat Meghan Charlie in car

After meeting Brandon outside his house, Silvie ends up going inside where Brandon gets Meghan something to eat.

Cat Power - Silvie Shanna Collins giving orange tabby cat Meghan Charlie to Brandon Michael Hanson

Cat Power - orange tabby cat Meghan Charlie being fed by Brandon Michael Hanson

Brandon and Silvie sit down to talk and hit it off. When they have sex that night, Meghan the cat purrs in approval (it is clear a fake cat is used for the shot of Meghan watching the couple make out).

Cat Power - orange tabby cat Meghan Charlie watching couple make love

Cat Power - orange tabby cat Meghan Charlie lying in bed with Silvie Shanna Collins and Brandon Michael Hanson

Cat Power - orange tabby cat Meghan Charlie with Silvie Shanna Collins and Brandon Michael Hanson

There is a twist to the short we won’t give away here, so be sure to watch all the way through to the end!

Cat Power - orange tabby cat Meghan Charlie looking at sunbather

Meghan was played by cat actor Charlie with handler Jubel Chen of Good Dog Animals.

Cat Power - orange tabby cat Meghan Charlie from opening credits

Final Mewsings: Cats can bring people together.

Many thanks to Ted Davis for spotting this short cat film for us.


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The Corpse Grinders (1971)

The Corpse Grinders poster

CG Productions
Starring:
 Sean Kenney, Monika Kelly
Directed by: Ted V. Mikels

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

Synopsis: Cats just love Lotus Cat Food and the people who make it, not to mention the people who are in it!

Cat Cattle Call: The film begins with a long-haired calico cat meowing outside a door while it is raining. The woman and man inside the home don’t seem too concerned, but the woman finally gets up to let the cat in. The cat immediately attacks her, scratching her face. As with all of the cat attacks in this film the cats don’t seem very vicious and the actors who are being “attacked” have to hold the cats to them and pretend to be attacked.

The Corpse Grinders - long-haired calico cat meowing outside door in rain

The Corpse Grinders - long-haired calico cat attacking woman

The Corpse Grinders - long haired calico cat attacking woman who opens door animated gif

The cat attacks are happening more frequently but no one knows why, even when a nurse named Angie (Monika Kelly) feeds her Siamese cat Baby Doll some of the canned Lotus cat food and the cat immediately turns on her boyfriend, Dr. Glass (Sean Kenney). The couple set out to try to figure out what is going on.

The Corpse Grinders - Siamese cat Baby Doll being fed Lotus cat food by Angie Monika Kelly

The Corpse Grinders - Siamese cat Baby Doll attacking Dr. Glass Sean Kenney

The Corpse Grinders - close up of attacking Siamese cat Baby Doll

The Corpse Grinders - Siamese cat Baby Doll attacking Dr. Glass Sean Kenney

The Corpse Grinders - Siamese cat Baby Doll attacking Dr. Glass Sean Kenney

The Corpse Grinders - Siamese cat Baby Doll attacking Dr. Glass Sean Kenney animated gif

What is happening is the Lotus Cat Food Company has had to find a cheaper meat alternative and have hired a grave robber to supply them with human corpses for their meat. The cats love the taste of human flesh so much that they start to nibble on their owners. They also start to hang around the outside of the Lotus factory. It’s intentionally ironic the cat food’s slogan is “For Cats Who Love People.”

The Corpse Grinders - gray and white long haired cat outside Lotus cat food company

The Corpse Grinders - cats hanging around outside Lotus cat food company

Kitty Carnage Warning!  Another victim is Annie (Mary Ellen Burke) who is attacked and has her throat chewed by a black tom cat she cared for. Her neighbor runs in and throws the cat against the wall (this is not shown on screen). But the black tom ends up being dissected by Dr. Glass.

The Corpse Grinders - black cat sitting with cat food cans

The Corpse Grinders - black cat on top of Annie Mary Ellen Burke

The Corpse Grinders - black cat attacking Annie Mary Ellen Burke

The Corpse Grinders - black cat on top of bloody Annie Mary Ellen Burke

The Corpse Grinders - black cat attacking Annie Mary Ellen Burke animated gif

Another woman, Donna (Andy Collings) comes home to her Siamese cat who also eats Lotus cat food. Donna is later attacked by the cat while she is lounging on her sofa (in her underthings, of course).

The Corpse Grinders - Donna Andy Collins placing Siamese cat on counter

The Corpse Grinders - Siamese cat in doorway

The Corpse Grinders - Siamese cat by table

The Corpse Grinders - Donna Andy Collins being attacked by Siamese cat on couch

In the end the bad guys making the cat food get their comeuppance and one of them justifiably becomes cat food himself.

The Corpse Grinders - cats on top of and around man they are eating

Final Mewsings: Even finicky cats choose Lotus!


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