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Alphabet Antics (1951)

Castle Films

Synopsis: An educational film in which various film clips are shown to demonstrate a word starting with each letter of the alphabet.

Featured Felines: The word for C is cat, of course, but what’s weird is the footage shown is of cats dressed in various outfits. A grey cat seems to be the one who shows up in the most outfits.

Alphabet Antics - grey cat dressed as bride with letter C

Alphabet Antics - grey cat dressed as queen

Alphabet Antics - closer shot of grey cat dressed as bride

Alphabet Antics - grey cat dressed as fairy princess

The narrator explains: “C is for cat, cute little cat, the cutest little kittens ever seen; A cat can wear a funny hat, a cat can dress up like a little queen. There’s Tom cats and Sally cats, pussy cats and alley cats, with silky tails and nice soft paws, there’s even a cat like Santa Claus.”

Alphabet Antics - calico kitten peeking around corner

Alphabet Antics - white Angora cat dressed as Santa Claus

This short film was famously roasted on an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Alphabet Antics - white Persian cat

Final Mewsings: If cats could read and write they would sue the people who dress them in clothes.


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La macchina ammazzacattivi (1952)

The Machine That Kills Bad People poster

English Title: The Machine That Kills Bad People
Tevere Film
Starring:
 Gennaro Pisano
Directed by: Roberto Rossellini

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

Synopsis: Celestino Esposito (Gennaro Pisano) is a photographer who is given a special camera by a demon which has the ability to snuff out the life of people who are purportedly being bad.

Kitty Cameo: In one scene Celestino runs into his shop. A kitten is sitting up high on a wall when he enters. This cat is not seen again.

The Machine That Kills People - kitten sitting on high wall in building looking down

The Machine That Kills People - kitten sitting on high wall in building looking down

Purr Blur:  In another scene Celestino runs to the church and looks in through the gates. A tabby cat is walking by the church in the background.

The Machine That Kills People - cat in background walking by church

The Machine That Kills People - cat in background walking by church

Final Mewsings: Cats aren’t bad, but they still don’t like having their picture taken.


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Mammals Are Interesting (1953)

Encyclopedia Britannica Films

Synopsis: An educational film all about mammals.

Reality Cats: When the subject of mammals having hair is introduced, footage of a long-haired tabby cat mama with her kittens is shown.

Mammals Are Interesting - tabby kitten cleaning itself

Mammals Are Interesting - tabby kitten looking at camera

Mammals Are Interesting - mama tabby cat with kittens

Mammals Are Interesting - mama tabby cat cleaning kitten

Mammals Are Interesting - mama tabby cat cleaning kitten

Later the discussion of carnivores includes footage of a Siamese cat playing with a ball of string as the narrator explains how they have sharp claws to catch their food.

Mammals Are Interesting - Siamese cat looking at ball of string

Mammals Are Interesting - Siamese cat looking at ball of string

Mammals Are Interesting - Siamese cat playing with ball of string

Final Mewsings: Cats wish they had claws sharp enough to open tuna cans!


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Fade to Black (1980)

Fade to Black poster

Leisure Investment Company
Starring:
 Dennis Christopher, Eve Brent
Directed by: Vernon Zimmerman

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

Synopsis: Avid movie buff Eric Binford (Dennis Christopher) gets carried away with cosplay and starts killing those who have wronged him.

Purr Blur: After his Aunt’s death, Eric stands in front of a fireplace and burns all of her books on healthy eating. A cat is sitting on the mantel, presumably his Aunt’s cat although they are not seen before or after this.

Fade to Black - cat sitting on fireplace mantel and Eric Dennis Christopher burns books

Fade to Black - cat sitting on fireplace mantel and Eric Dennis Christopher burns books

Final Mewsings: Cats like to be warm but don’t approve of burning books.

Many thanks to The Horror Cats for letting us know about this easy-to-miss cat!


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