Moon Over Parador (1988)

Moon Over Parador poster

Universal Pictures
Starring:
 Richard Dreyfuss, Raul Julia
Directed by: Paul Mazursky

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

Synopsis: Actor Jack Noah (Richard Dreyfuss) is shooting a film in the country of Parador and finds himself in the strange position of having to substitute for President Alphonse Simms (also played by Dreyfuss) when the man unexpectedly dies.

Purr Blur: In one scene Simms’ assistant Roberto (Raul Julia) is in the back of a limousine when the man keels over. The limo pulls up to the back of a club and they struggle to carry the lifeless man inside. As they enter a back door, a barely visible calico cat runs out.

Moon Over Parador - calico cat running out of back door of club

Moon Over Parador - calico cat running out of back door of club

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t want to hang around dead bodies.

Many thanks to Nick Wale for spotting the cat in this movie!


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Konga (1961)

Konga poster

Merton Park Studios
Starring:
 Michael Gough, Margo Johns
Directed by: John Lemont

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

Synopsis: Dr. Charles Decker (Michael Gough) is a mad scientist determined to combine plants and animals to make a gigantic ape out of a tiny chimp named Konga.

Featured Feline: Decker lives with his assistant and secretary Margaret (Margo Johns) and they have a ginger tabby cat named, of course, Tabby. Tabby is first seen on the couch beside Margaret when Decker first returns home after having been lost in a jungle for a year.

Konga - ginger cat Tabby sitting on couch with Margaret Margo Johns with Dr. Decker Michael Gough

Konga - ginger cat Tabby sitting on couch with Margaret Margo Johns with Dr. Decker Michael Gough

Konga - ginger cat Tabby sitting on couch with Margaret Margo Johns with Dr. Decker Michael Gough

Later the pair are working in the lab on Decker’s new experiment. His chemical boils over onto the floor. Margaret observes that even Tabby is fascinated by the experiment as the cat is seen lapping the formula up from the floor. Decker is furious that the cat was allowed into the lab.

Konga - ginger cat Tabby licking up spilled formula from floor

Kitty Carnage Warning!  Decker quickly runs to a drawer, pulls out a revolver and walks over and shoots Tabby twice. This is not seen on camera and only a brief shot of Tabby’s bloody body is seen (obviously a fake dead cat). Decker explains that they are not ready for a super-sized cat running around and that Konga is to be the subject of his experiment.

Final Mewsings: Cats should learn to stay out of labs.

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


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Mister Ed – “Ed’s Word of Honor”

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Original Air Date: February 25, 1962
Starring: Alan Young, Larry Keating
Directed by: Arthur Lubin

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

Synopsis: After Mister Ed eats some apples from the neighbor’s yard, Wilbur (Alan Young) doesn’t believe it when Ed insists he didn’t also eat the man’s expensive fish.

Cat Cattle Call: The neighbor, Roger Addison (Larry Keating) gets so mad about the missing fish he refuses to talk to Wilbur until Mister Ed is sent away. Wilbur refuses to get rid of Mister Ed but also believes the horse is lying about eating the fish. But one night Roger is with his wife Kay (Edna Skinner) when they hear cats meowing in their back yard. When they run outside they find three cats poking around the fish pond.

Mister Ed - Mister Ed's Word of Honor - cats gathered around Roger Addison's backyard fish pond

Mister Ed - Mister Ed's Word of Honor - cats gathered around Roger Addison's backyard fish pond

The couple runs forward to scare the cats away, but the cats mostly look confused. They end up having to pick up two of the cats and move them aside.

Mister Ed - Mister Ed's Word of Honor - Roger Addison Larry Keating and his wife Kay Edna Skinner trying to scare cats away from backyard fish pond

Mister Ed - Mister Ed's Word of Honor - Roger Addison Larry Keating and his wife Kay Edna Skinner moving cats away from backyard fish pond

Mister Ed - Mister Ed's Word of Honor - Roger Addison Larry Keating and his wife Kay Edna Skinner moving cats away from backyard fish pond animated gif

A long-haired calico doesn’t seem to get the message and walks back into the shot before it cuts away.

Mister Ed - Mister Ed's Word of Honor - Roger Addison Larry Keating and his wife Kay Edna Skinner with long haired calico cat in background

Final Mewsings: Next thing you know they’ll accuse the cats of eating the apples!

Many thanks to Erin T. Aardvark for letting us know about the cats in this episode!


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Furies (1977)

Directed by: Sara Petty

Synopsis: The world of two cats is represented through a beautifully artistic prism.

Cartoon Cats: This stylized animated short is truly beautiful. Set to jazz music, the two cats go about their day: preening, playing and even fighting, in an ever-changing world of colors and shapes.

Furies - two cats sitting by window

Furies - two cats artistically drawn

Furies - two cats drawn in black and white

Winner of fourteen first place awards at international film festivals, this is simply one of the best animated films about cats ever.

Furies - abstract red cat drawn crouching

Furies - artistic cats sitting by window

To watch this animated short, please view on Vimeo.

Final Mewsings: Mewsings: Cats are truly works of art.


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Beyond the Rocks (1922)

Beyond the Rocks poster

Famous Players-Lasky Corporation
Starring:
 Gloria Swanson, Rudolph Valentino
Directed by: Sam Wood

Synopsis: Theodora Fitzgerald (Gloria Swanson) marries a millionaire but then falls for a nobleman.

Purr Blur: In an early scene, Theodora’s two older half-sisters Clementine (Mary Foy) and Sarah (Adele Watson) are seen sitting in a room. Behind them sits a long haired cat which is preening.

Beyond the Rocks - long haired cat preening on table behind Clementine Mary Foy and Sarah Adele Watson

Beyond the Rocks - long haired cat preening on table behind Clementine Mary Foy and Sarah Adele Watson

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t get involved with family intrigue..


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