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Daydreams (1922)

Daydreams poster

First National Pictures
Starring:
 Buster Keaton
Directed by: Eddie Cline

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

Synopsis: A young man (Buster Keaton) goes to the city to obtain work and prove he is worthy of the girl he loves.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): The first job Buster gets is at a dog and cat hospital (although in the letter to his girl he makes it sound as if he is working in a large hospital). After tending to some dogs outside, Buster enters the building and finds a tuxedo cat sitting on a shelf with some bottles. A dog is nearby.

Daydreams - Buster Keaton sees tuxedo cat on shelf

Buster picks up the cat and places it in a basket on the floor.

Daydreams - Buster Keaton picks up tuxedo cat from shelf

Daydreams - Buster Keaton places tuxedo cat into basket

After locking the lid of the basket, Buster picks it up to carry it in to the veterinarian. But the bottom is missing and the cat remains where it is. The dog sees the cat and starts to get up. The cat arches its back in response.

Daydreams - Buster Keaton walks away with basket leaving tuxedo cat on floor with dog

Daydreams - tuxedo cat arching back at dog

Daydreams - Buster Keaton places tuxedo cat in basket and then walks away with basket leaving cat on floor with dog animated gif

The dog approaches the cat who arches even more.

Daydreams - tuxedo cat arching back at dog

Eventually the cat runs outside with the dog following. After arching enough to make the dog give up, the cat moves away.

Daydreams - tuxedo cat arching back at dog outside

Daydreams - tuxedo cat walking away

Daydreams - tuxedo cat arching back at dog outside then walking away animated gif

Final Mewsings: Cats visiting the vet don’t tolerate much!


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Brats (1930)

Brats poster

Hal Roach Studios
Starring:
 Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy
Directed by: James Parrott

Synopsis: Laurel and Hardy are left at home by their wives to watch over their kids, who get into about as much trouble as their fathers.

Kitty Cameo: At one point Laurel steps on a roller skate which rolls out from under his foot. As Laurel falls to the floor, the skate rolls across the room and into a tabby cat which is sitting nearby. The cat understandably runs away.

Brats - tabby cat lying on floor with roller skate approaching

Brats - tabby cat running away after being hit by roller skate

Brats - Stan Laurel trips on roller skate which rolls across room and hits tabby cat animated gif

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t like roller skating.

Many thanks to Ted Davis for spotting the cat in this short film!


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The Dick Van Dyke Show – “Gesundheit, Darling”

The Dick Vam Dyke Show DVD

Original Air Date: December 12, 1962
Starring: Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Jerry Paris, Ann Morgan Guilbert
Directed by: John Rich

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

Synopsis: Rob Petrie (Dick Van Dyke) starts having bouts of sneezing during a bridge game with his wife Laura (Mary Tyler Moore) and their neighbors Jerry and Millie Helper (Jerry Paris and Ann Morgan Guilbert.) Jerry plays armchair psychiatrist and guesses that Rob is sneezing because of pent up hostility towards his wife. The situation escalates as Laura starts to believe what Jerry has said and Rob’s sneezing continues unabated.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): At the end of the episode Rob starts to piece together the real cause of his sneezing, finally learning that his son, Richie, and the Helper’s son Freddy, have been keeping a kitten.

The Dick Van Dyke Show - Gesundheit, Darling

Jerry brings the kitten over (an adorable gray and white furball) for Rob to test his allergies, and sure enough it turns out that the kitten is what has been making Rob sneeze.

The Dick Van Dyke Show - Gesundheit, Darling - Rob sniffs the kitten

The Dick Van Dyke Show - Gesundheit, Darling - kitten makes Rob sneeze

The sweetest moment of the episode is when Rob picks up the kitten gently and it mews, soliciting an “Awww!” from the studio audience.

The Dick Van Dyke Show - Gesundheit, Darling - Rob and Laura with kitten

Final Mewsings: Kittens help release pent up hostilities by making you sneeze.


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