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Cat Show (1948)

British Pathé

Synopsis: Unused and unissued newsreel footage of a cat show at Shepherd’s Bush, London.

Reality Cats: The newsreel begins with a couple of takes of two women, Irene Ashton and Diana Morrison, looking into a basket to find some Siamese kittens.

Cat Show 1948 - Irene Ashton and Diana Morrison looking into basket of Siamese kittens

Cat Show 1948 - little girl looking at Siamese kitten in cage

Cat Show 1948 - Siamese kittens inside cage

Cat Show 1948 - kitten sitting on woman's shoulder

Several shots of the show cats are then seen. What’s interesting about this footage is it gives you an idea of how these segments were shot, with an interesting variety of sounds being made to get the cats to look up for the cameras.

Cat Show 1948 - close up of white Persian cat

Cat Show 1948 - extreme close up of black Persian cat

Cat Show 1948 - close up of gray Persian cat

Cat Show 1948 - close up of Siamese cat

Final Mewsings: Cats must wonder why people make such weird noises when cameras are around.


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Officer Pooch (1941)

MGM Cartoon Studio
Directed by:
 Joseph Barbera, William Hanna

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

Synopsis: A friendly police officer tries to rescue a kitten from an overenthusiastic pup.

Cartoon Cats: Officer Pooch is a dog himself but an anthropomorphic one as opposed to the rascally pup who has “treed” a gray kitten up a pole.

Officer Pooch - kitten stuck on electrical pole

Officer Pooch climbs the pole and finding the kitten to be meek and timid he naturally assumes he can just pick the kitten up. He assumes wrong.

Officer Pooch - Officer Pooch reaching for timid kitten stuck on electrical pole

Officer Pooch - Officer Pooch reaching for screeching kitten stuck on electrical pole

Officer Pooch - Officer Pooch reaching for timid kitten stuck on electrical pole that goes wild animated gif

Before Officer Pooch tries to rescue the kitten again, the kitten backs into some live wires around a glass insulator on the pole. Officer Pooch gets an even worse shock when he comes in contact with the wires.

Officer Pooch - kitten shocked by electrical wire under insulator

On the ground, Officer Pooch realizes the kitten is under his hat.

Officer Pooch - Officer Pooch looks up to see gray kitten hiding under his hat

The excited terrier shows up and lunges at the kitten and the chase is on again!

Officer Pooch - terrier jumps for grey kitten on Officer Pooch's head

This time the kitten runs up an actual tree and Officer Pooch has to try another rescue, this time dealing with a vicious woodpecker.

Officer Pooch - grey kitten mewling on tree branch

The kitten ends up in a nest at the top of the tree.

Officer Pooch - grey kitten mewling from bird's nest

Eventually Officer Pooch manages to get the kitten down, but loses his shorts in the process of pulling the kitten from the back of his shirt (that must have been some wedgie!)

Officer Pooch - Officer Pooch holding up grey kitten which is holding onto a pair of shorts

Spying a basket of kittens nearby, Officer Pooch returns the wayward kitten to his family.

Officer Pooch - Officer Pooch returns kitten to basket of kittens

But the terrier isn’t done yet and starts after the whole basket, which Officer Pooch tries to balance on his head.

Officer Pooch - Officer Pooch holding basket of kittens on his head to keep them away from terrier

In the end the terrier and a bunch of other dogs tree all of the kittens and Officer Pooch.

Officer Pooch - Officer Pooch stuck at the top of a tree with kittens

Final Mewsings: Are dogs who try to rescue cats from other dogs considered traitors?

Many thanks to Ted Davis for reminding us of the kittens in this cartoon!


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Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers (1989)

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers poster

Magnum Pictures Inc.
Starring:
 Wendy Kaplan, Tamara Glynn
Directed by: Dominique Othenin-Girard

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

Synopsis: Serial killer Michael Meyers is on the loose again, this time setting out to kill a mute girl (Danielle Harris) and those around her.

Cat Burglars (Scene Stealers): In one scene some friends, Tina (Wendy Kaplan), Samantha (Tamara Glynn) and Spitz (Matthew Walker) are attending a Halloween party. They play a joke on a couple of bumbling cops by having Spitz, who is dressed as the Shape, chase the girls out of the party. Samantha, who is dressed as a devil, then finds a tiny ginger tabby kitten near a barn.

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers - Samantha Tamara Glynn holding up ginger tabby kitten

The three friends walk into the barn to find the kitten’s family. As they enter, Spitz startles the girls.

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers - Samantha Tamara Glynn holding ginger tabby kitten with Tina Wendy Kaplan entering barn

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers - Samantha Tamara Glynn holding ginger tabby kitten with Tina Wendy Kaplan being scared in barn

They find a box with the kittens inside. A tuxedo kitten gets out and runs away, at first followed by a ginger sibling.

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers - Samantha Tamara Glynn holding ginger tabby kitten with Tina Wendy Kaplan bending over

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers - Samantha wooden box of kittens in barn

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers - tuxedo and ginger tabby kittens running away in barn

Tina chases after the tuxedo kitten and there are some tense moments in the darkness until the kitten jumps onto her hand, maybe one of the youngest spring loaded cats ever!

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers - tuxedo kitten running away in barn

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers - tuxedo kitten jumps on Tina Wendy Kaplan hand scaring her in barn animated gif

Tina carries the kitten back to the box. Later Samantha reaches in and picks up one of the ginger kittens and holds it up.

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers - Tina Wendy Kaplan holding tuxedo kitten

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers - Tina Wendy Kaplan holding tuxedo kitten in barn

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers - ginger tabby kitten being picked up from wooden box of kittens

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers - Samantha Tamara Glynn holding up ginger tabby kitten

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers - Samantha Tamara Glynn picking up ginger tabby kitten and holding it to her face animated gif

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers - Samantha Tamara Glynn holding meowing ginger tabby kitten

Samantha puts the kitten down and goes to make love with Spitz. Michael shows up and puts an end to that. When Tina returns to the barn she finds the ginger kitten covered with blood (that of the murdered friends).

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers - ginger tabby kitten covered with blood on barn floor

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers - Tina Wendy Kaplan holding up bloody ginger tabby kitten

Tina drops the kitten to the floor of the barn (very roughly, unfortunately) next to a bloody scythe. The kittens are not seen again.

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers - bloody ginger tabby kitten dropped on floor by bloody scythe

Final Mewsings: At least the kittens survived the movie!

Many thanks to Leila Smith for letting us know about the kittens in this movie!


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