Week-end at the Waldorf (1945)

Weekend at the Waldorf poster

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Starring:
 Ginger Rogers, Lana Turner
Directed by: Robert Z. Leonard

Synopsis: Interwoven stories of several people are told over the course of a weekend at the famous Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in Manhattan.

Kitty Cameo: At the beginning of Sunday a black cat is seen trying to get in through the front doors of the hotel.

Weekend at the Waldorf - black cat trying to get into Waldorf-Astoria Hotel

Weekend at the Waldorf - black cat trying to get into Waldorf-Astoria Hotel

The narrator, Robert Benchley explains, “And the Waldorf cat can be just a philanderous as a cat in a motel. And just as hungry. Though he should have gone to the service entrance.”

Weekend at the Waldorf - black cat trying to get into Waldorf-Astoria Hotel

Weekend at the Waldorf - black cat trying to get into Waldorf-Astoria Hotel

Weekend at the Waldorf - black cat trying to get into Waldorf-Astoria Hotel

Final Mewsings: It’s a shame they didn’t tell the cat’s story!

Many thanks to Ted Davis for letting us know about the cat in this film!


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Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)

Jack the Giant Slayer poster

New Line Cinema
Starring:
 Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson
Directed by: Bryan Singer

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

Synopsis: An updated version of the classic tale Jack and the Beanstalk finds poor farm boy Jack (Nicholas Hoult) trying to aid Princess Isabelle (Eleanor Tomlinson) when she is swept up to the sky by a giant beanstalk.

Kitty Cameo: In the farmhouse where Jack lives is an orange cat which is seen several times early in the film. The cat witnesses one of the magic beans which Jack has brought home slip between the floorboards.

Jack the Giant Slayer - ginger tabby cat watching beans being thrown away

Later Jack sees the cat eyeing him and feels guilty enough to go after his uncle. But just then Princess Isabelle shows up unexpectedly.

Jack the Giant Slayer - ginger tabby cat looking up at Jack Nicholas Holt

Jack the Giant Slayer - ginger tabby cat looking up

Jack the Giant Slayer - ginger tabby cat meowing

As the Princess and Jack talk, the cat knows something is happening under the floorboards.

Jack the Giant Slayer - ginger tabby cat watching rain falling into bowl on floor

Jack the Giant Slayer - ginger tabby cat lookinh intent

Jack the Giant Slayer - ginger tabby cat approaching bowl catching rainwater falling from ceiling

As rain leaks through the roof, the beanstalk sprouts and tendrils shoot up through the floor. The cat is quick to run out the door.

Jack the Giant Slayer - ginger tabby cat turning towards door

The cat is last seen watching the beanstalk as it grows taller and taller, taking Jack and Isabelle with it.

Jack the Giant Slayer - ginger tabby cat in rain looking up

The animal coordinator on the film was Gill Raddings of Stunt Dogs & Animals.

Jack the Giant Slayer - ginger tabby cat looking at something

Final Mewsings: Cats prefer just to observe when crazy things start to happen.

Many thanks to Vanessa for letting us know about the cat in this film!


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Lady Bird (2017)

Ladybird poster

Scott Rudin Productions
Starring:
 Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf
Directed by: Greta Gerwig

Synopsis: Coming of age story about a teen-aged artist who names herself Lady Bird (Saoirse Ronan) and deals with a rocky relationship with her mother (Laurie Metcalf).

Purr Blur: Near the end of the film Lady Bird is seen driving around Sacramento. During one shot showing a suburban alleyway a cat can be seen crossing the road.

Lady Bird - cat crossing suburban street

Final Mewsings: Suburban alleys have their cats, too!.

Many thanks to sis Cyn for spotting the cat in this film!


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Manson, My Name is Evil (2009)

Manson, My Name is Evil poster

Also Known As: Leslie, My Name is Evil
New Real Films
Starring:
 Kristen Hager, Kaniehtiio Horn
Also Starring:  Chaka Wolfe
Directed by: Reginald Harkema

Synopsis: Chemical Engineer Perry (Gregory Smith) is selected as one of the jury members on the infamous Manson murder trial and becomes infatuated with Leslie (Kristen Hager), one of Manson’s girls.

Kitty Cameo: In one scene the girls are shown in prison. Katie (Kaniehtiio Horn) is seen sitting on her bunk with a tabby cat, who appears to be eating treats set next to her.

Manson, My Name is Evil - tabby cat sitting next to Katie Kaniehtiio Horn in prison cell

The cat actor playing this part is Chaka Wolfe.

Manson, My Name is Evil - tabby cat sitting next to Katie Kaniehtiio Horn in prison cell

Purr Blur:  A cat is scene during some protest footage on television. This is taken from the 1967 Universal Newsreel entitled Protests Galore!

Manson, My Name is Evil - tabby cat being held by love in girls on television screen

Final Mewsings: What did the cat do to end up in jail?


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Saturday Night Live – “Toonces the Driving Cat”

Original Air Date: May 20, 1989
Starring: Steve Martin, Victoria Jackson
Directed by: Paul Miller

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

Synopsis: A couple (Steve Martin and Victoria Jackson) discover their cat Toonces can drive a car.

Featured Feline: This is the first appearance of Toonces the Driving Cat, who would become a popular recurring character on Saturday Night Live. The sketch is a spoof of wacky 60’s sitcoms centered on an unusual character or situation. In the establishing theme song the cat behind the wheel is a real tabby cat, although the paws on the steering wheel are fake.

Saturday Night Live - Toonces the Driving Cat - Toonces the Driving Cat theme song cat

Saturday Night Live - Toonces the Driving Cat - Toonces the Driving Cat theme song cat

For the rest of the sketch, Toonces is played by a cat puppet. In this episode, Toonces takes the couple out for a ride and then crashes over a cliff. Later in a preview of the next episode, he crashes over a cliff with his driving test instructor (Kevin Nealon).

Saturday Night Live - Toonces the Driving Cat - Toonces the Driving Cat puppet cat driving car

Saturday Night Live - Toonces the Driving Cat - Toonces the Driving Cat puppet cat driving Steve Martin and Victoria Jackson

Saturday Night Live - Toonces the Driving Cat - Toonces the Driving Cat puppet cat driving Steve Martin and Victoria Jackson about to crash

Saturday Night Live - Toonces the Driving Cat - Toonces the Driving Cat puppet cat driving driving instructor Kevin Nealon about to crash

Final Mewsings: If cats could drive they’d go to the store to buy some cat food.


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