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Matinee (1993)

Matinee poster

Universal Pictures
Starring:
 John Goodman, Simon Fenton
Directed by: Joe Dante

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

Synopsis: Lawrence Woolsey (John Goodman) is a low budget horror movie producer and director who comes to Key West to promote the latest theatrical gimmicks with his newest film entitled Mant.

Kitty Cameos: When we first see Woolsey and his partner, actress Ruth Corday (Cathy Moriarty) they are at a gas station. The shot opens with a dog chewing on a bone on the ground. A tabby kitten approaches and also starts chewing on the bone. Moments later, the dog leaves.

Matinee - kitten approaches dog eating bone

Matinee - kitten starts chewing on bone with dog

Matinee - kitten starts chewing on bone with dog

A second cat is seen sitting by a record player at Stan’s (Omri Katz) house as he and Gene (Simon Fenton) listen to a Lenny Bruce album.

Matinee - cream colored cat sitting beside record player

Matinee - cream colored cat sitting beside record player with Stan Omri Katz

When the boys hear Stan’s mother coming, they quickly change the record. The cat just sits calmly by while this happens and while Stan’s mom (Belinda Balaski) turns off the record player.

Matinee - cream colored cat sitting beside record player with Stan Omri Katz and Gene Simon Fenton

Matinee - cream colored cat sitting beside record player with Stan Omri Katz

Matinee - cream colored cat sitting beside record player with Stan's mom Belinda Balaski

Final Mewsings: Cats are not shocked by off-color humor.

Many thanks to Nick Wale for letting us know about the cats in this movie!


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Kvinnors väntan (1952)

Secrets of Women poster

English Title: Waiting Women
Also Known As: Secrets of Women
Svensk Filmindustri (SF)
Starring:
 Maj-Britt Nilsson, Anita Björk
Directed by: Ingmar Bergman

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

Synopsis: Three sisters-in-law share stories about the relationships with their husbands while waiting for the men to arrive at a secluded cabin retreat.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): The second of the three stories told is that of Marta (Maj-Britt Nilsson) who explains how she became pregnant by an artist named Martin (Birger Malmsten) who found himself suddenly having to quit painting and join the family business. Marta keeps the pregnancy secret and has the baby alone. As she wakes up one day towards the end of her expectancy in her parents’ apartment, she walks into the bathroom to splash some water on herself to cool off. A small, dark cat is sitting in the hallway as she approaches.

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten in hallway as Marta Maj-Britt Nilsson approaches

She stops to lean down and push the cat aside, not roughly but still the kitten wasn’t really in her way. She then continues to the bathroom.

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten in hallway pushed aside as Marta Maj-Britt Nilsson passes

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten in hallway watching Marta Maj-Britt Nilsson walk into other room

The cat is later seen in the middle of the living room as Marta looks out a window.

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten in living room with Marta Maj-Britt Nilsson at window

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten in living room with Marta Maj-Britt Nilsson at window

The kitten is next on a mantel as Marta makes a phone call, watching as she hangs up the receiver.

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten on mantel

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten on mantel as hand reaches to hang up phone

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten on mantel as hand reaches to hang up phone

As Marta prepares to walk to the hospital, she stops in front of a mirror. The kitten is in her bag!

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten in bag with Marta Maj-Britt Nilsson

Marta takes the kitten to the hospital with her and is petting it in the waiting room.

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten being petted by Marta Maj-Britt Nilsson in hospital waiting room

When Marta is finally seen by a nurse, the woman is surprised to see the cat. But she simply asks a younger nurse to take the kitten from Marta. This is done very kindly and gently, but the kitten is not seen again even after Marta gives birth.

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten in Marta Maj-Britt Nilsson bag in admission area of hospital with nurses

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten in Marta Maj-Britt Nilsson bag in admission area of hospital with nurses

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten being taken from Marta Maj-Britt Nilsson by nurse in admission area of hospital

Secrets of Women - small dark kitten being taken from Marta Maj-Britt Nilsson by nurse in admission area of hospital

Final Mewsings: Why would anyone trade in a cat for a baby?


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Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984)

Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes poster

Warner Bros.
Starring:
 Paul Geoffrey, Cheryl Campbell
Directed by: Hugh Hudson

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

Synopsis: Film adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burrough’s novel in which the descendent of an English lord is raised by apes.

Purr Blur: At the beginning of the film, Lord John Clayton (Paul Geoffrey) and his wife (Cheryl Campbell) are preparing to leave. A little girl (who is Jane) is sitting on the steps playing with a mechanical monkey. She is picking up a Persian kitten.

Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes - little girl Jane picking up Persian kitten on stairs

She is petting the kitten in the next scene when her “Uncle Jack” gives her a ring, then picks her up and carries her away. She is still holding the kitten. The scene is very short and the kitten is never really facing the camera so it could be easy to miss.

Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes - John Clayton Paul Geoffrey with little girl Jane and Persian kitten on stairs

Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes - John Clayton Paul Geoffrey carrying little girl Jane and Persian kitten down stairs with Lady Clayton Cheryl Campbell

Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes - John Clayton Paul Geoffrey carrying little girl Jane and Persian kitten away with Lady Clayton Cheryl Campbell

Final Mewsings: If you’re going to include a kitten, at least have one good shot of the kitten!

Many thanks to Ted Davis for letting us know about the kitten in this movie.


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Adventures of Superman – “Olsen’s Millions”

Adventures of Superman Season 3 DVD

Original Air Date: June 4, 1955
Starring: George Reeves, Jack Larson, Elizabeth Patterson
Directed by: George Blair

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

Synopsis: After Jimmy Olsen (Jack Larson) calls on Superman (George Reeves) to help save a kitten that has been locked in a safe, the kitten’s owner is so grateful she gives the cub reporter one million dollars.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): The episode begins with Jimmy arriving at the home of an elderly woman named Mrs. Peabody (Elizabeth Patterson). She is holding a tabby kitten named Topsy.

Adventures of Superman - Olsen's Millions - Mrs. Peabody Elizabeth Patterson holding tabby kitten Topsy opens door to Jimmy Olsen Jack Larson

Cat Cattle Call:  Mrs. Peabody is a rich woman who has been rescuing cats for years. She motions to a group of cats gathered around a dish of milk and introduces them as Flopsy, Mopsy, Popsy, Twinkles, Tinkles, Wrinkles and Sam.

Adventures of Superman - Olsen's Millions - group of cats around dish of milk on floor

Mrs. Peabody continues to hold Topsy as she explains to Jimmy how she started rescuing alley cats. “An alley is no place for a cat!” she states.

Adventures of Superman - Olsen's Millions - Mrs. Peabody Elizabeth Patterson holding tabby kitten on lap with Jimmy Olsen Jack Larson

Jimmy asks how many cats Mrs. Peabody has owned and she takes him to a large open safe where she has a complete list. He worries about her leaving her safe open and she explains she would never remember the combination. Topsy the kitten is seen climbing inside the safe.

Adventures of Superman - Olsen's Millions - tabby kitten Topsy climbing into open safe

Jimmy accidentally steps on the tail of a black cat and falls against the safe door (in reality the actor barely steps on the cat). They realize the kitten Topsy has been closed inside when her mother starts to worry at the safe door.

Adventures of Superman - Olsen's Millions - Jimmy Olsen accidentally stepping on black cat

Mrs. Peabody hurries to try to find the combination as Jimmy decides to call Clark Kent to ask if there would be any way he could summon Superman. As Jimmy waits, he assures Topsy’s mother that everything will be okay.

Adventures of Superman - Olsen's Millions - Jimmy Olsen Jack Larson holding gray and white tuxedo cat by safe

Superman arrives and pulls the door off the safe, saving the kitten.

Adventures of Superman - Olsen's Millions - Superman George Reeves pulling tabby kitten Topsy out of safe with Jimmy Olsen Jack Larson

Adventures of Superman - Olsen's Millions - Superman George Reeves handing tabby kitten Topsy to Jimmy Olsen Jack Larson

Adventures of Superman - Olsen's Millions - Superman George Reeves turns away after handing tabby kitten Topsy to Jimmy Olsen Jack Larson

Superman leaves before Mrs. Peabody returns and although Jimmy tries to tell her that he didn’t save the cat she offers to give him one million dollars.

Adventures of Superman - Olsen's Millions - Mrs. Peabody Elizabeth Patterson taking tabby kitten Topsy from Jimmy Olsen Jack Larson

Adventures of Superman - Olsen's Millions - Mrs. Peabody Elizabeth Patterson holding tabby kitten Topsy with Jimmy Olsen Jack Larson

Final Mewsings: Just think how many more cats Mrs. Peabody could have saved with that million dollars!

Many thanks to Erin T. Aardvark for letting us know about the cats in this episode!


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That Guy Dick Miller (2014)

That Guy Dick Miller poster

Autumn Rose Productions
Starring:
 Dick Miller, Lainie Miller
Directed by: Elijah Drenner

Synopsis: A loving look at the life and career of prolific character actor Dick Miller.

Purr Blur: At the end of the film there is a very quick piece of home movie footage showing Dick with a Siamese kitten.

That Guy Dick Miller - home movie of Dick Miller with Siamese kitten

That Guy Dick Miller - home movie of Dick Miller with Siamese kitten

Final Mewsings: Cats love Dick Miller. Then again, who doesn’t?


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