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Bull Durham (1988)

Bull Durham poster

Orion Pictures
Starring:
 Susan Sarandon, Kevin Costner
Directed by: Ron Shelton

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

Synopsis:  Flamboyant baseball fan Annie Savoy (Susan Sarandon) is torn between two choices of an affair with either clueless but talented rookie Ebby Laloosh (Tim Robbins) or his seasoned and underappreciated catcher Crash Davis (Kevin Costner).

Kitty Cameo: Annie owns a long-haired ginger tabby cat which is only seen briefly in the film. Under the opening credits, the cat is seen chasing across the lawn after Annie when she leaves her home.

Bull Durham - long-haired ginger cat sitting on lawn behind Annie Susan Sarandon

Bull Durham - long-haired ginger cat on lawn chasing after Annie Susan Sarandon under credits

Bull Durham - long-haired ginger cat on lawn chasing after Annie

Later in the film the cat is in bed with Annie and Crash, playing toe monster with the couple as Crash gets up in the morning.

Bull Durham - long-haired ginger cat on bed with Annie Susan Sarandon and Crash Kevin Costner

Bull Durham - long-haired ginger cat on bed with Annie Susan Sarandon and Crash Kevin Costner

Bull Durham - long-haired ginger cat on bed with Annie Susan Sarandon and Crash Kevin Costner

Bull Durham - long-haired ginger cat on bed with Annie Susan Sarandon and Crash Kevin Costner

The cat is only seen once more as Annie tries to clean up the mess in her kitchen. Annie pauses when she finds the butt of a joint and sits down to light it and relax.

Bull Durham - long-haired ginger cat on floor with Annie Susan Sarandon in kitchen

Bull Durham - long-haired ginger cat on floor with Annie Susan Sarandon in kitchen

Bull Durham - long-haired ginger cat on floor with Annie Susan Sarandon in kitchen

Final Mewsings: Cats worship at the altar of messy kitchens.

Many thanks to Stevie Holcomb for letting us know about the cat in this movie!


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Beyond the Rocks (1922)

Beyond the Rocks poster

Famous Players-Lasky Corporation
Starring:
 Gloria Swanson, Rudolph Valentino
Directed by: Sam Wood

Synopsis: Theodora Fitzgerald (Gloria Swanson) marries a millionaire but then falls for a nobleman.

Purr Blur: In an early scene, Theodora’s two older half-sisters Clementine (Mary Foy) and Sarah (Adele Watson) are seen sitting in a room. Behind them sits a long haired cat which is preening.

Beyond the Rocks - long haired cat preening on table behind Clementine Mary Foy and Sarah Adele Watson

Beyond the Rocks - long haired cat preening on table behind Clementine Mary Foy and Sarah Adele Watson

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t get involved with family intrigue..


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Runaway Bride (1999)

Runaway Bride poster

Paramount Pictures
Starring:
 Richard Gere, Julia Roberts
Directed by: Garry Marshall

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Synopsis: Maggie Carpenter (Julia Roberts) is an independent woman with a habit of ditching men at the altar, which brings her to the attention of reporter Ike Graham (Richard Gere).

Featured Feline: Ike owns a multi-colored long-haired cat named Italics. Italics is first seen sitting next to his food bowl waiting to be fed in Ike’s apartment.

Runaway Bride - long-haired cat Italics sitting by food bowl

Runaway Bride - long-haired cat Italics begging by food bowl

Runaway Bride - long-haired cat Italics sitting by food bowl as Ike Richard Gere passes animated gif

There is also a photo of Italics in the newspaper office where Ike works.

Runaway Bride - photo of long-haired cat in frame

Much of the film takes place in Maggie’s hometown, so Italics is not seen again until Ike returns to New York.

Runaway Bride - long-haired cat Italics looking out window

Ike comes home one evening and is surprised to find Maggie there, sitting on a couch and petting Italics.

Runaway Bride - long-haired cat Italics sitting beside Maggie Julia Roberts on couch with Ike Richard Gere

Runaway Bride - long-haired cat Italics sitting beside Maggie Julia Roberts on couch with Ike Richard Gere

Runaway Bride - long-haired cat Italics sitting beside Maggie Julia Roberts on couch with Ike Richard Gere

Runaway Bride - long-haired cat Italics sitting beside Maggie Julia Roberts on couch with Ike Richard Gere

Runaway Bride - long-haired cat Italics sitting on couch

Ike gets some dry food and feeds the cat before sitting down to a serious discussion with Maggie.

Runaway Bride - Ike Richard Gere feeding long-haired cat Italics

As the couple feel chemistry, Ike gets up and puts on some music. Italics is sitting by the stereo.

Runaway Bride - long-haired cat Italics sitting beside stereo

Runaway Bride - long-haired cat Italics sitting beside stereo

Italics is sitting by the window as Ike and Maggie start to dance, then gets up and has a better look right before they kiss.

Runaway Bride - long-haired cat Italics lying by window as Ike Richard Gere and Maggie Julia Roberts dance

Runaway Bride - long-haired cat Italics looking out of window

Runaway Bride - long-haired cat Italics looking out of window as Ike Richard Gere and Maggie Julia Roberts kiss animated gif

The cat actors playing Italics appear to be the Pearl or Elvis team of cats which appeared in many films around this time and were trained by Dawn Barkan. Director Garry Marshall explained on the DVD’s commentary track that shots of the cat were inserted as cutaways, a common editing practice (perhaps we can dub this a Cutaway Cat). For instance, the shot of italics looking out the window as Ike and Maggie kiss was included because there was one shot where the pair “wasn’t beautiful as they went into the kiss.”

Runaway Bride - long-haired cat Italics sitting on couch

Final Mewsings: Cats distract movie-goers from bad shots.


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Drop Dead Fred (1991)

Drop Dead Fred poster

PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
Starring:
 Phoebe Cates, Rik Mayall
Directed by: Ate de Jong

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

Synopsis: Lizzie Cronin (Phoebe Cates) has a run a bad luck as an adult and matters aren’t helped when her destructive imaginary childhood friend Drop Dead Fred (Rik Mayall) comes back into her life.

Kitty Cameo: In one scene Lizzie is thinking back to some of the pranks Drop Dead Fred pulled. A childhood friend asks if she remembers when she and Fred borrowed his father’s electric razor. The scene flashes back to a doorway where the razor is shown being held out by Fred. There is then a meowing and buzzing and fur is shown flying. Fred then holds out the long-haired orange and white cat whose mid-section has been shaved.

Drop Dead Fred - long-haired orange and white cat held up in doorway

Drop Dead Fred - long-haired orange and white cat held up with middle shaved in doorway

Drop Dead Fred - long-haired orange and white cat held up with middle shaved in doorway

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t appreciate buzz cuts.


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The Ernie Kovacs Show (1962)

Ernie Kovacs DVD

Original Air Date: January 23, 1962
Starring: Ernie Kovacs
Directed by: Joe Behar, Ernie Kovacs

Synopsis: The pioneer of television comedy and special effects presents a series of skits and gags in his own inimitable style.

Featured Feline: In one segment a more serious piece is offered, artistically set to Béla Bartók’s piece Concerto for Orchestra. The setting is a city street with a newspaper salesman standing under a street light at night. Beside him is a long-haired tabby cat.

The Ernie Kovacs Show - long-haired tabby cat on sidewalk with newspaper salesman at night

The man pets the cat and then gives him a tin of sardines.

The Ernie Kovacs Show - hand petting long-haired tabby cat

The Ernie Kovacs Show - long-haired tabby cat on sidewalk with open tin of sardines

The cat even gets an extreme close up.

The Ernie Kovacs Show - extreme close up of tabby cat

Eventually the scene switches to daytime and the cat is only seen once more.

The Ernie Kovacs Show - long-haired tabby cat on sidewalk with newspaper salesman during day

Final Mewsings: Cats are the perfect illustration for good music.

Many thanks to Ted Davis for letting us know about the cat in this episode!


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