Algiers (1938)

Algiers poster

Walter Wanger Productions
Starring:
 Charles Boyer, Sigrid Gurie
Directed by: John Cromwell

Synopsis: Notorious thief Pepe Le Moko (Charles Boyer) eludes the Algerian police by hiding himself away in the Casbah.

Purr Blurs: One segment of the film shows footage of the infamous Casbah neighborhood and a cat is seen for a moment running with what appears to be a rat in its mouth.

Algiers - cat running down street with rat in mouth

Algiers - cat running down street with rat in mouth

Later when the police are closing in on Pepe, a cat runs through the street as seen from above.

Algiers - cat seen running down street from above

Final Mewsings: Cats are at home in the Casbah.


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Over Her Dead Body (2008)

Over Her Dead Body poster

Gold Circle Films
Starring:
 Paul Rudd, Lindsay Sloane
Directed by: Jeff Lowell

Synopsis: A screwball comedy in which a deceased bride-to-be (Eva Longoria) haunts the psychic girlfriend (Lake Bell) of her former fiancé Henry (Paul Rudd).

Kitty Cameo: Late in the film Henry has had a falling out with his sister Chloe (Lindsay Sloane) over some of the earlier goings on. Henry is a veterinarian so Chloe shows up at his office with an Egyptian Mau cat. When asked how she suddenly has a cat she explains she adopted it.

Over Her Dead Body - Chloe Lindsay Sloane with Egyptian Mau cat

Once inside the clinic, Henry wants to give the cat a shot and Chloe stops him. She confesses it is her neighbor’s cat. “Your neighbor let you borrow her cat to bring to the vet?” Henry asks. When Chloe doesn’t respond he gasps, “You stole a cat?”

Over Her Dead Body - Chloe Lindsay Sloane and Henry Paul Rudd with Egyptian Mau cat

After arguing, Henry suggests, “See if you can get the cat home without killing it.” “I think I can handle it!” Chloe insists, picking up the cat which she drops a few seconds later. The sound of the cat screeching and growling is dubbed in. Chloe picks up the cat and states, “He’s fine!” before leaving.

Over Her Dead Body - Chloe Lindsay Sloane picking up Egyptian Mau cat from floor

Over Her Dead Body - Chloe Lindsay Sloane walking out with Egyptian Mau cat

The cat(s) were trained by Boone’s Animals for Hollywood.

Over Her Dead Body - Chloe Lindsay Sloane and Henry Paul Rudd with Egyptian Mau cat

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t like to be borrowed, especially not for a trip to the vet!


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Mary Kills People – “Morning Glory”

Mary Kills People Season One

Original Air Date: May 21, 2017
Starring: Abigail Winter, Katie Douglas
Also Starring:  Grace
Directed by: Holly Dale

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

Synopsis: Mary Harris (Caroline Dhavernas) is betrayed by Des (Richard Short) and may be forced into a relationship with a new and more dangerous partner.

Kitty Cameo: After Mary tells her daughters that their cat Casper had cancer and needed to be put down as a way to explain the drugs found in the shed, Mary leaves Casper with Des. In the second episode of the series Des admits he left the window open and Casper got out. Mary notes that the fall out the window is a high one. In this season finale, Mary’s daughter Jess (Abigail Winter) is sitting with her friend Naomi (Katie Douglas) when Naomi notices a tabby cat approaching them. She asks whose cat it is.

Mary Kills People - Morning Glory - tabby cat Casper

Jess picks up the cat and gasps, “It’s Casper!” The truth of her mother still lying settles on her as she holds the cat.

Mary Kills People - Morning Glory - Jess Abigail Winter holding up tabby cat Casper

Mary Kills People - Morning Glory - Jess Abigail Winter holding up tabby cat Casper

Final Mewsings: Cats can give us away.


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Josie and the Pussycats (2001)

Josie and the Pussycats poster

Universal Pictures
Starring:
 Rachael Leigh Cook, Rosario Dawson, Tara Reid
Directed by: Harry Elfont, Deborah Kaplan

Synopsis: Big screen adaptation of the Archie comic book and Saturday morning cartoon characters finds the band signed by a big record company who plans to add subliminal advertising behind their music.

Kitty Cameos: In a few brief shots in the beginning and end of the film the girls are seen with cats. During the intro montage to Josie’s character she is seen composing with a long-haired gray kitten in the foreground.

Josie and the Pussycats - Josie Rachel Leigh Cook composing music with long-haired gray kitten in front

Josie and the Pussycats - Josie Rachel Leigh Cook composing music with long-haired gray kitten in front

All of the girls are then seen with a group of long-haired gray kittens. Melody enters holding a tabby cat, much to the dismay of Josie (who probably thinks they have enough cats.)

Josie and the Pussycats - Josie Rachel Leigh Cook and Val Rosario Dawson with gray kittens and Melody Tara Reid enters with tabby cat

Josie and the Pussycats - Josie Rachel Leigh Cook and Val Rosario Dawson with gray kittens and Melody Tara Reid enters with tabby cat

Two more shots of the latter set up with the girls and the cats are shown at the end of the film.

Josie and the Pussycats - Josie Rachel Leigh Cook, Val Rosario Dawson and Melody Tara Reid with gray kittens

Josie and the Pussycats - Josie Rachel Leigh Cook, Val Rosario Dawson and Melody Tara Reid with gray kittens

What’s glaringly missing from this adaptation is Sebastian, Alexandra’s mischievous black and white cat who was a regular character in both the comics and animated series.

Final Mewsings: How can you have Josie and the Pussycats without Sebastian?


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Fishy Tales (1937)

Hal Roach Studios
Starring:
 Carl ‘Alfalfa’ Switzer, Tommy “Butch” Bond
Directed by: Gordon Douglas

Synopsis: Alfalfa accidentally gets on the bad side of Butch and has to pretend to have a broken leg to avoid a fight.

Cat Cattle Call: The short begins with Buckwheat walking along after catching a big fish. A large group of cats are following him.

Our Gang - Fishy Tales - Buckwheat with big fish being followed by cats

Our Gang - Fishy Tales - numerous cats following Buckwheat with fish on pole animated gif

After Butch gets angry at Alfalfa the Gang comes up with the idea of saying Alfalfa’s leg is broken to avoid fighting. But Butch insists on seeing the broken leg, so they decide to use the fish Buckwheat caught to substitute as the broken leg. Alfalfa sticks his leg in a hole in the bed and they lay the fish beside it, covered with a sock, so it looks like a deformed leg. At one point Buckwheat and Porky open to the door of the clubhouse to Junior and two cats enter with him.

Our Gang - Fishy Tales - Junior enters the clubhouse followed by cats

The cats make a beeline for beneath the bed and Spanky and Alfalfa have to get them out before Butch comes.

Our Gang - Fishy Tales - black and white cats look at Alfalfa's leg from under bed

Our Gang - Fishy Tales - Alfalfa and Spanky carry cats out of clubhouse

Our Gang - Fishy Tales - Alfalfa and Spanky carry cats out of clubhouse

When Butch and Woim arrive, the black and white cats are hanging around outside the window above Alfalfa’s bed. Spanky explains they are Alfalfa’s cats and are worried about him.

Our Gang - Fishy Tales - white and black cat outside window of clubhouse

They manage to fool Butch until a bucket of crabs start pinching Alfalfa’s toes and he screams in pain. Butch offers to get a doctor and opens the door, allowing several cats to run inside and go under the bed.

Our Gang - Fishy Tales - Butch and Woim open door of clubhouse and cats come in

Our Gang - Fishy Tales - Butch and Woim open door to clubhouse and numerous cats run inside animated gif

Our Gang - Fishy Tales - cats run underneath Alfafa's bed

Our Gang - Fishy Tales - cats run underneath Alfafa's bed

The white cat crawls up through the hole in the bed and Alfalfa pulls it out from beneath the sheets, giving away their ruse. Needless to say Butch is not amused.

Our Gang - Fishy Tales - cats under bed with Junior and white cat climbs up through hole

Our Gang - Fishy Tales - cats under bed and one crawls up into bed with Alfalfa animated gif

Our Gang - Fishy Tales - Alfalfa pulls white cat from underneath covers on bed

Final Mewsings: Cats know when something fishy is going on!


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