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The Tingler (1959)

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Columbia Pictures
 Vincent Price, Patricia Cutts, Darryl Hickman
Directed by: William Castle

Synopsis: A pathologist named Dr. Chapin (Vincent Price) theorizes that every human has a creature inside of them which manifests itself with fear and is subsequently dispelled by screaming. Through various experiments he endeavors to induce and capture one of these creatures with terrifying results.

Kitty Cameo: Not long into the film Dr. Chapin’s assistant (Darryl Hickman) tells the doctor he’s managed to capture a black cat for their next experiment. When Dr. Chapin confronts his philandering wife and forces her into his laboratory we eventually see the cat in a cage.

The Tingler - black cat in cage with Vincent Price

Fortunately for the cat, the doctor finds his wife to be a much more suitable test subject.

The Tingler - black cat in cage

Final Mewsings: Scientific experiments should be conducted on catty wives, not cats.

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My Name is Earl – “Larceny of a Kitty Cat”

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Original Air Date: October 12, 2006
Starring: Jason Lee, Ethan Suplee, Amy Sedaris, Jaime Pressly
Directed by: Millicent Shelton

Synopsis: Earl tries to repair the damage done to cat fancier Judy (Amy Sedaris) when he stole her prize cat Sebastian in an attempt to help Joy’s cat win. He takes Randy (Ethan Suplee) and Judy to the sleeping cat lady’s house where he left the cat and they find Sebastian has turned into a fat feline. As Randy and Judy fall in love, Earl does his best to get Sebastian back in competition shape again.

Featured Feline: Sebastian is undoubtedly the star of the show (although obviously played by at least two talented felines.) There are many other cats as well, both at the cat shows and the sleeping cat lady’s house, not to mention the black cat that crosses Earl and Randy’s path at the beginning and starts Earl off on this particular mission.

My Name is Earl cat

Final Mewsings: Cats deserve to have their wrongs righted, too.

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Shadow of the Thin Man (1941)

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 William Powell, Myrna Loy, Barry Nelson, Donna Reed
Directed by: W.S. Van Dyke

Synopsis: Nick and Nora Charles (William Powell & Myrna Loy) go to the horse races but they end up being pulled into a new mystery when a jockey is murdered in the locker room. Consequently Nick reluctantly has to solve yet another crime and his wife and their dog Asta are both right along for the madcap, hair-raising adventure.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): This is the movie which fueled my desire to blog about screen cats in the first place. The black kitten which shows up unexpectedly in this film is the perfect example of how cats can impact a film. It’s a throwaway gag . . . when Nick arrives at the jockey’s locker room at night, Asta rushes in before him as Nick explains to a man outside that Asta isn’t afraid of anything. When Asta enters, a tiny kitten is sitting on a shelf and mews at him causing Asta to whimper and run in fear. The kitten again scares Asta with a little hiss on the way out.

Shadow of the Thin Man kitten

It’s a classic Cinema Cats moment … there is no reason whatsoever for the kitten to be alone in this locker room sitting on a shelf when Asta comes in and when he leaves. But it is simply the most adorable little kitten ever and the fact that Asta is afraid of it is hilarious. It’s overlooked gems like this which deserve to be recognized for the classic little film moments they are.

Shadow of the Thin Man kitten animated gif

Final Mewsings: Probably the only time Asta has ever been upstaged on screen!

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