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.
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.
Final Mewsings: Country inn cats are not impressed with pups in cups.
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!
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.
Final Mewsings: Just because cats can swim doesn’t mean they *want* to!
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.
Two Devon Rex cats are then then showcased.
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.
Some Persian kittens are then seen being held and petted.
Finally a “well-preserved” nineteen year old cat is shown, the oldest cat at the show.
Final Mewsings: Every cat is a champion in their own way.
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.”
Final Mewsings: The cat was thinking just one word . . . “Squab!”