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Chamber of Horrors (1966)

Chamber of Horrors poster

Warner Bros.
Starring:
 Patrick O’Neal, Wayne Rogers
Directed by: Hy Averback

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

Synopsis: A seriously demented killer named Cravatte (Patrick O’Neal) is on the loose with an obsession for women in wedding dresses.

Kitty Cameo: At the beginning of the film a tabby cat is sitting next to a player piano which is playing a roll of music.

Chamber of Horrors - tabby cat sitting on piano stool by player piano

The rolls gets to the end and rewinds. The cat seems unfazed by this sudden noise.

Chamber of Horrors - tabby cat sitting on piano stool by player piano

The piano is the background music for a wedding taking place betweem Cravatte and his murdered victim, performed at gunpoint by a very unwilling minister. The cat is watching this from the piano stool (note how the music roll changes positions between cuts).

Chamber of Horrors - tabby cat sitting on piano stool by player piano

Chamber of Horrors - tabby cat sitting on piano stool by player piano

Chamber of Horrors - tabby cat sitting on piano stool by player piano

Eventually the minister tells the police and Police Sgt. Jim Albertson (Wayne Rogers) arrives at the house to find the tabby cat sitting next to the dead women, whom Cravatte has laid out in her wedding dress.

Chamber of Horrors - tabby cat sitting next to body of dead woman on bed

Chamber of Horrors - tabby cat sitting next to body of dead woman on bed being checked by Police Sgt. Jim Albertson Wayne Rogers

The cat remains mostly aloof and sleepy-looking as Albertson does a quick check, only leaning over to sniff at the Sergeant’s hand once. In the end the Sergeant briefly touches the cat before the scene ends.

Chamber of Horrors - tabby cat sitting next to body of dead woman on bed being checked by Police Sgt. Jim Albertson Wayne Rogers

Chamber of Horrors - tabby cat sitting next to body of dead woman on bed being checked by Police Sgt. Jim Albertson Wayne Rogers

Final Mewsings: Cats are apparently bored by both murder and player pianos.

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


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The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)

The Spiderwick Chronicles poster

Paramount Pictures
Starring:
 Freddie Highmore, Sarah Bolger
Directed by: Mark Waters

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

Synopsis: The Grace family moves into the dilapidated mansion belonging to a relative where the children soon discover a secret world surrounds them.

Kitty Cameo: The children consist of an older sister named Mallory (Sarah Bolger) and two twin boys, Jared and Simon (both played by Freddie Highmore). Simon owns an orange tabby cat named Mr. Tibbs. The cat is first seen when the mother and Simon enter the house with Simon carrying the cat and assuring him that it’s okay.

The Spiderwick Chronicles - Simon Freddie Highmore holding orange tabby cat Tibbs in doorway

Jared soon discovers a secret room with a book belonging to the former resident named Spiderwick. After a scare, Jared rushes into his bedroom and awakens his brother. Mr. Tibbs is sleeping on the bed and doesn’t move at all. It would appear a stuffed cat was used during these scenes.

The Spiderwick Chronicles - orange tabby cat Tibbs sleeping on Simon's bed as Jared Freddie Highmore tries to wake him up

The Spiderwick Chronicles - orange tabby cat Tibbs still sleeping on Simon's bed as Jared Freddie Highmore walks away

This theory plays out when the boys later hear their sister screaming and Simon sits upright in bed suddenly yet Mr. Tibbs still doesn’t move!

The Spiderwick Chronicles - orange tabby cat Tibbs sleeping on Simon's bed as Simon Freddie Highmore sits up quickly

Later Jared and his sister are fighting and come down the stairs. Simon is holding Mr. Tibbs and they both looks up.

The Spiderwick Chronicles - orange tabby cat Tibbs with Simon Freddie Highmore on chair

As the plot progresses and things become difficult, Jared learns some distressing news. As he does, his sister and brother stand by sympathetically. Simon picks up Mr. Tibbs from the table.

The Spiderwick Chronicles - orange tabby cat Tibbs held by Simon Freddie Highmore behind Mallory Sarah Bolger

The Spiderwick Chronicles - orange tabby cat Tibbs held by Simon Freddie Highmore behind Mallory Sarah Bolger

Knowing that they have to locate Spiderwick, Jared notices Mr. Tibbs and it gives him an idea.

The Spiderwick Chronicles - closer of orange tabby cat Tibbs held by Simon

Oddly enough in the close up shot Mr. Tibbs has a very distinguishing brown mark on his nose, but in other scenes with the cat this mark is not there. Mr. Tibbs is not seen again throughout the film.

The Spiderwick Chronicles - orange tabby cat Tibbs held by Simon Freddie Highmore with Jared and Mallory Sarah Bolger

The Spiderwick Chronicles - orange tabby cat Tibbs held by Simon Freddie Highmore with Jared and Mallory Sarah Bolger

The Spiderwick Chronicles - orange tabby cat Tibbs held by Simon Freddie Highmore with Jared and Mallory Sarah Bolger

Final Mewsings: Cat actors appreciate good continuity.

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


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Taxi – “Nardo Loses Her Marbles”

Taxi Season Two DVD

Original Air Date: October 2, 1979
Starring: Andy Kaufman, Danny DeVito
Directed by: James Burrows

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

Synopsis: A maddening schedule and the pressure of being a mom working two jobs starts to get to Elaine Nardo (Marilu Henner) which prompts Alex (Judd Hirsch) to suggest she seek therapy.

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): In the opening segment of the episode, Latka (Andy Kaufman) finishes cleaning out a cab and presents Louie with the small amount of change he has found. Louie doesn’t believe Latka is giving him everything and demands he empties out his pockets then and there. Latka proceeds to pull numerous odd items out of the pockets of his coveralls, including a packet of cat cookies. When asked why he needs cat cookies, Latka pulls out a tiny kitten from the other pocket.

Taxi - Nardo Loses Her Marbles - Latka Andy Kaufman pulls kitten from pocket with Louie Danny DeVito

Taxi - Nardo Loses Her Marbles - Latka Andy Kaufman pulls kitten from pocket with Louie Danny DeVito

Taxi - Nardo Loses Her Marbles - Latka Andy Kaufman pulls kitten from pocket with Louie Danny DeVito animated gif

Louie tells Latka to “get that mangy thing outta here!” Latka then tells the kitten that this is the Louie he was telling him about, then reacts as the kitten supposedly pees on him. “So you recognize his name!” Latka states, then walks away with the kitten, which is not seen again.

Taxi - Nardo Loses Her Marbles - Latka Andy Kaufman reacts to kitten peeing on him with Louie Danny DeVito

Taxi - Nardo Loses Her Marbles - Latka Andy Kaufman holding tiny kitten with Louie Danny DeVito

Taxi - Nardo Loses Her Marbles - Latka Andy Kaufman walking away with tuxedo kitten

What’s funny is there are several hints of what is to come beforehand, as the kitten’s mews can be heard before the reveal. Actor Andy Kaufman has to keep putting his hand discreetly in his right pocket to keep the kitten from poking out, but it does manage to be seen just inside the pocket a couple of times.

Taxi - Nardo Loses Her Marbles - Latka Andy Kaufman with kitten poking out of pocket with Louie Danny DeVito

Taxi - Nardo Loses Her Marbles - Latka Andy Kaufman with kitten poking out of pocket with Louie Danny DeVito

Final Mewsings: Is that a kitten in your pocket or … ?

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


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Half a Sixpence (1967)

Half a Sixpence poster

Paramount Pictures
Starring:
 Tommy Steele, Julia Foster
Directed by: George Sidney

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

Synopsis: Arthur Kipps (Tommy Steele) is content to slave away as an apprentice for a tough drapery store owner until he inherits a large amount of money which changes his views on life.

Featured Feline: Arthur lives in the basement of the drapery store with his co-workers who are also apprentices. In the beginning of the film Arthur wakes up and pulls down the covers from his chin to reveal a Bengal tabby cat lying on his chest.

Half a Sixpence - Arthur Kipps Tommy Steele waking up with Bengal tabby cat Edwin on his chest

The cat is Edwin and he is also employed as the store’s mouser, although Arthur points out that Edwin hasn’t been pulling his weight as he tries to rouse the sleepy tabby.

Half a Sixpence - Arthur Kipps Tommy Steele trying to wake Bengal tabby cat Edwin

Half a Sixpence - Arthur Kipps Tommy Steele trying to wake Bengal tabby cat Edwin

Half a Sixpence - Arthur Kipps Tommy Steele holding Bengal tabby cat Edwin

Edwin is seen several times throughout the film. For example, when everyone goes out after a day’s work Arthur must stay in to prepare to go to woodworking class which his boss, Mr. Shalford (Hilton Edwards) has arranged. Arthur looks down to see Edwin coming in through the front doors.

Half a Sixpence - Bengal tabby cat Edwin coming into store

Arthur picks up Edwin and puts him back outside, saying that someone has to go out that night. “And don’t be late!” he adds.

Half a Sixpence - Arthur Kipps Tommy Steele picking up Bengal tabby cat Edwin

Right after this a man barrels into the store on a bicycle. It is an actor named Harry Chitterlow (Cyril Ritchard) who demonstrates his art for the puzzled Arthur. Edwin is seen poking his head out from between some of the store’s fabrics.

Half a Sixpence - Bengal tabby cat Edwin peeking through fabrics

Later in the film when Arthur has become wealthy he comes back to visit his friends in the store. But they are not as happy to see him as he is them. His former boss comes out to greet him. Edwin can barely be seen sitting on a chair behind the man.

Half a Sixpence - Bengal tabby cat Edwin on chair behind Shalford Hilton Edwards

Arthur jumps up and greets Edwin warmly, bypassing his boss. He tells Edwin he has brought a present which is a collar with a bell on it. Edwin reacts violently, swiping at Arthur before running away.

Half a Sixpence - Bengal tabby cat Edwin on chair

Half a Sixpence - Bengal tabby cat Edwin sitting up on chair

Later Arthur’s friends gather outside on the street when news spreads that Arthur has lost his fortune. Buggins (Leslie Meadows) is holding Edward and is warned not to hold the cat but Buggins assures them Edwin is fine. Edwin seems very content, curled up in Buggins arms.

Half a Sixpence Bengal tabby cat Edwin in arms of Buggins Leslie Meadows with co-workers

Half a Sixpence Bengal tabby cat Edwin in arms of Buggins Leslie Meadows with co-workers

Half a Sixpence Bengal tabby cat Edwin in arms of Buggins Leslie Meadows with co-workers

The last time Edwin is seen is during a dream sequence in which Arthur imagines he is still rich and throwing extravagant parties for all of his friends. His wife Ann (Julia Foster) then shows up and parades those whose opinions of Arthur did not change even when he was rich, including his boss Mr. Shalford who is holding Edwin.

Half a Sixpence Bengal tabby cat Edwin in arms of Mr. Shalford Hilton Edwards in dream sequence

Half a Sixpence Bengal tabby cat Edwin in arms of Mr. Shalford Hilton Edwards in dream sequence behind Ann Julia Foster

The part of Edwin the cat was a real scene stealer even in the original productions of the musical and real cats were often used to play the part on stage.

Final Mewsings: A collar with a bell on it is about the worst present to get a cat who already can’t catch mice!

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


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Paulie (1998)

Paulie poster

DreamWorks
Starring:
 Jay Mohr, Hallie Eisenberg
Directed by: John Roberts

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

Synopsis: A parrot named Paulie (voiced by Jay Mohr) becomes the beloved pet of a girl named Marie (Hallie Eisenberg) but when they are separated Paulie goes to great lengths to find her again.

Featured Feline: Marie’s parents are concerned about their daughter’s strong attachment to Paulie, especially when she insists the bird not only talks but understands her (which, of course, he does). Paulie is thrown for a loop when Marie’s father (Matt Craven) brings home a ginger tabby kitten for Marie one day.

Paulie - Marie's father Matt Craven holding up ginger tabby kitten

There is a bit of product placement when the kitten is introduced along with a box of Little Friskie’s cat food.

Paulie - Marie Hallie Eisenberg holding ginger tabby kitten with box of Friskies cat food

The cat (who is never mentioned by name) is next seen full grown (and long-haired). Paulie has to sit up high on a coat rack to avoid the cat.

Paulie - long-haired ginger tabby cat meowing

Paulie - long-haired ginger tabby cat on couch

Paulie calls down to the cat and tells it to go outside. But instead of going out the door, the cat focuses on the bird.

Paulie - long-haired ginger tabby cat looking up

Paulie - long-haired ginger tabby cat standing on floor looking up

The cat climbs up on a chair next to a set table and finally leaps at Paulie on the coat rack, knocking it down and throwing them both onto the table.

Paulie - long-haired ginger tabby cat on chair by table

Paulie - long-haired ginger tabby cat meowing on chair by table

Paulie - long-haired ginger tabby cat leaping towards coat

There is a bit of cartoonish business here where the cat flies across the table under a salad bowl (a fake cat tail was used for this). Jumping off the table, the cat takes chase after Paulie and ends up slipping on a rug and hitting a plate glass door. This action is not extremely harsh, though, and it would appear the cat just lightly bumped against the glass.

Paulie - long-haired ginger tabby cat about to jump off table with onion on ear

Paulie - long-haired ginger tabby cat bumping into glass door

Paulie - long-haired ginger tabby cat turning from glass door

The cat manages to place a paw on Paulie’s tail when Marie arrives and rescues the bird, scolding the cat and telling it to shoo. This scene was achieved by using blue screen to replace the bird trainer’s hand with the cat actor’s paw.

Paulie - long-haired ginger tabby cat with paw on Paulie parrot's tail

Paulie - long-haired ginger tabby cat sitting and looking up

Later the cat is seen beneath Marie’s window as she is trying to coach Paulie to fly. Paulie suggests Marie show him how and as she crawls out of the window she knocks a flower pot down. The cat scurries out of the way as the pot hits the ground. Paulie congratulates Marie on almost hitting the cat.

Paulie - long-haired ginger tabby cat far below window

Paulie - long-haired ginger tabby cat below window

Final Mewsings: Cats don’t care for wise-cracking parrots.


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