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Musical Monday bannerThe Harvey Girls (1946)

The Harvey Girls poster

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Starring:
 Judy Garland, Marjorie Main
Directed by: George Sidney

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

Synopsis: A train full of beautiful women arrive in a small western town to work as waitresses at a Harvey House restaurant franchise.

Kitty Cameo: In one scene a woman named Sonora Cassidy (Marjorie Main), who is in charge of all the women, is seen opening a window and putting out an orange and white tabby cat. “Good night, Arabella,” Sonora says to the cat, which is not seen again.

The Harvey Girls - Sonora Cassidy Marjorie Main carrying orange and white tabby cat Arabella to window

The Harvey Girls - Sonora Cassidy Marjorie Main putting orange and white tabby cat Arabella out through window

The Harvey Girls - Sonora Cassidy Marjorie Main putting orange and white tabby cat Arabella out through window animated gif

Final Mewsings: If you put a cat out, sometimes it decides to stay out permanently!

Many thanks to Nick Wale for letting us know about the cat in this film!


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By the Sea (2015)

By the Sea poster

Universal Pictures
Starring:
 Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt
Directed by: Angelina Jolie

Synopsis: Married couple Vanessa (Angelina Jolie) and Roland (Brad Pitt) deal with their crumbling marriage while on a working vacation in France.

Purr Blurs: At the beginning of the film the couple arrive at the seaside hotel in their car. A couple of cats are nearby.

By the Sea - cats sitting by the seaside

Later a man is seen sitting and holding a kitten in the bar / restaurant that Roland frequents.

By the Sea - elderly man sitting in bar holding kitten

By the Sea - elderly man sitting in bar holding kitten

Final Mewsings: Where do cats who live by the sea in France go to vacation?


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Next of Kin (1989)

Next of Kin poster

Lorimar Film Entertainment
Starring:
 Patrick Swayze, Liam Neeson
Directed by: John Irvin

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

Synopsis: Chicago police officer Truman Gates (Patrick Swayze) finds himself reacquainted with his hillbilly roots when one brother is murdered and his other brother Briar (Liam Neeson) arrives to seek justice.

Kitty Cameos: After his brother’s death, Truman travels to the hills for the funeral. Outside his family’s home, a white cat is seen walking down the steps, pausing to look at the dog lying there.

Next of Kin - white cat walking down steps outside wooden house and looking at dog

Next of Kin - white cat walking down steps outside wooden house and looking at dog

Later in the film Briar breaks into a vending machine rental company looking for the men who killed his brother. A gray tuxedo cat is lying on the floor inside the door and remains there, seemingly more interested in what’s on the other side of the doorway than the man breaking in.

Next of Kin - gray and white tuxedo cat looking at door

Next of Kin - gray and white tuxedo cat looking at doorway as Briar Liam Neeson sneaks by

Next of Kin - gray and white tuxedo cat looking at doorway as Briar Liam Neeson walks away

This same cat is seen some time later on a security monitor as the bad guys track Briar’s progress into the building.

Next of Kin - gray and white tuxedo cat on security camera monitor

Next of Kin - gray and white tuxedo cat on security camera monitor

Final Mewsings: And hence the cat was never able to obtain another security guard job.


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Diva (1981)

Diva poster

Les Films Galaxie
Starring:
 Frédéric Andréi, Wilhelmenia Fernandez
Directed by: Jean-Jacques Beineix

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

Synopsis: Mailman Jules (Frédéric Andréi) is an opera fan who secretly records his favorite singer, a tape that many people would like to get their hands on. He also ends up with a very different kind of tape wanted by local crime bosses.

Kitty Cameo: After finding his living space ransacked, Jules goes to stay with his friends who both work for the mail service. In the morning he is told that men came to work looking for him. As he talks with his friend, an orange and white cat is in the kitchen in the background.

Diva - orange and white cat Ayatollah in background behind Jules Frédéric Andréi

Diva - orange and white cat Ayatollah in background behind Jules Frédéric Andréi

Later in the scene the man calls to the cat, whose name is Ayatollah, saying it is time for breakfast. Ayatollah seems uninterested and later jumps down and walks away, not to be seen again.

Diva - orange and white cat Ayatollah in background behind Jules Frédéric Andréi

Diva - orange and white cat Ayatollah in background behind Jules Frédéric Andréi

Final Mewsings: Cats usually are very into breakfast!


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Once Upon a Crime (1992)

Once Upon a Crime poster

Dino De Laurentiis Company
Starring:
 Richard Lewis, John Candy
Directed by: Eugene Levy

Synopsis: An odd ensemble of American tourists get caught up in an apparent murder in Monte Carlo.

Purr Blur: While looking around Madame Van Dougen’s estate, Julian Peters (Richard Lewis) takes a few steps backwards. A cat suddenly runs past and screeches in true spring-loaded cat fashion, startling him.

Once Upon a Crime - cat running behind legs

Later Augie Morosco (John Candy) is showing the police how he managed to sneak out of his wife’s room. Crossing over a precarious bridge between the hotel and a home he manages to get across and throws himself over the balcony. A cat cries out but is not seen.

Final Mewsings: Real life cats do so much more than just scare people!


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