Tag Archives: British Pathe

Miniature Dachshund Pups (1957)

British Pathé

Synopsis: Newsreel footage shows miniature dachshund pups being groomed and fed in a country inn.

Reality Cats: This footage was taken at a country inn in Dunsmore, Buckinghamshire, England where the proprietors, Ted and Georgina Fox, are walking their dachshunds. As they approach the front door of the inn, a tuxedo cat can be seen sitting in front.

Miniature Dachshund Pups - cat sitting outside country inn as couple approaches with dachshunds

The focus of the piece is of course on the dogs, especially two miniature dachshund pups named Samson and Delilah. But several shots of this same cat, plus one black cat (likely residents of the inn) are also shown, although no mention of them is made.

Miniature Dachshund Pups - black cat inside country inn

Miniature Dachshund Pups - tuxedo cat inside country inn

Miniature Dachshund Pups - tuxedo cat preening inside country inn

Final Mewsings: Country inn cats are not impressed with pups in cups.


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Turkish Van Cats Learn to Swim (1960)

British Pathé

Synopsis: Silent newsreel footage shows three Turkish Van cats eating and being forced to swim in tubs.

Reality Cats: The unused and unissued footage shows the cats with a couple of women who seem to be demonstrating how they are “teaching” the cats to swim. While Turkish Vans are naturally good swimmers, these poor cats seem to want to do anything but take a swim!

Turkish Van Cats Learn to Swim - Turkish Van Cat trying to get out of bathtub

Turkish Van Cats Learn to Swim - Turkish Van Cat wrapped in towel after swimming

Turkish Van Cats Learn to Swim - Turkish Van Cat being made to swim in large tub

Turkish Van Cats Learn to Swim - Turkish Van Cat wrapped in towel after swimming

Turkish Van Cats Learn to Swim - Turkish Van Cat swimming in tub

The cats are more comfortable in the garden playing and eating, although the one woman seems to want to control where and how they eat as well.

Turkish Van Cats Learn to Swim - Turkish Van Cat running in garden

Turkish Van Cats Learn to Swim - Turkish Van Cats eating from bowl of food

Final Mewsings: Just because cats can swim doesn’t mean they *want* to!


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Stray Cat Village off Naples (circa 1950’s)

British Pathé

Synopsis: Unused and unissued newsreel footage shows a “village” of stray cats.

Reality Cats: The cat sanctuary was reportedly run by Mrs. Sidro Fornaro who is seen tending to the cats in this footage.

Stray Cat Village Off Naples cats sitting around windowsill

Stray Cat Village Off Naples two cats sitting on bench

Stray Cat Village Off Naples cats coming down stairway

Stray Cat Village Off Naples cats gathered around food on small tables

Stray Cat Village Off Naples wide shot of cat sanctuary with Mrs. Sidro Fornaro standing

Several of the cats are wearing little bibs as they eat.

Stray Cat Village Off Naples cats wearing bibs while eating

The final clips are of a Siamese cat wearing a bonnet and being set down to sleep in a crib with a bottle!

Stray Cat Village Off Naples Siamese cat with bonnet being tucked into crib

Stray Cat Village Off Naples Siamese cat with knit bonnet lying in crib

Final Mewsings: Cats appreciate being cared for until it goes too far!


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Cat Show – Olympia (1969)

British Pathé

Synopsis: Many cats are showcased at the National Championship Cat Show, Olympia in 1969.

Reality Cats: A newsreel segment from British Pathé shows many lovely cats featured in the show, which drew more entries that year than ever before. First shown is a Seal Point Siamese Champion named Redleaf Benni.

Cat Show Olympia 1969 - Siamese cat Redleaf Benni

Two Devon Rex cats are then then showcased.

Cat Show Olympia 1969 - Devon Rex cat

Cat Show Olympia 1969 - Devon Rex cat close up

Cat Show Olympia 1969 - Devon Rex cat

Champion White Persian Coylum Marcus is then seen. The cat was worth 2,000 pounds, winning a place in the Guinness Book of Records as the most expensive, and even had his own security guard.

Cat Show Olympia 1969 - white Persian champion cat Coylum Marcus being held

Cat Show Olympia 1969 - white Persian champion cat Coylum Marcus close up

Cat Show Olympia 1969 - white Persian champion cat Coylum Marcus being put in cage by security guard

Some Persian kittens are then seen being held and petted.

Cat Show Olympia 1969 - black and white Persian kittens

Finally a “well-preserved” nineteen year old cat is shown, the oldest cat at the show.

Cat Show Olympia 1969 - 19 year old tabby cat

Final Mewsings: Every cat is a champion in their own way.


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A Pigeon Gets a Medal (1946)

British Pathé

Synopsis: Newsreel footage shows a carrier pigeon named G.I. Joe who receives a medal for delivering a message through artillery bombardment in Italy during World War II.

Reality Cat: At the end of the newsreel segment a tabby cat (identified as the Tower of London’s tabby) sits watching the proceedings as the narrator explains, “For some folk he’s still just a pigeon.”

Pigeon Gets a Medal - Tower of London tabby cat sitting by

Final Mewsings: The cat was thinking just one word . . . “Squab!”


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