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Sunday Short bannerHoppity Hare (1964)

British Pathé

Synopsis: Newsreel footage shows a domesticated hare named Hoppity living in a residence in West Mersea, Essex.

Reality Cat: The hare lives with Mrs. Joan Bullin and her tabby cat Bustamante (at least we think that’s what they’re saying) Bullin (or Buster for short). Buster seems to be taking the whole thing in stride, even eating alongside Hoppity. Unfortunately the newsreel footage cuts off suddenly.

Hoppity Hare - tabby cat Buster lying in basket

Hoppity Hare - tabby cat Buster eating food from bowl on floor

Hoppity Hare - tabby cat Buster eating alongside Hoppity Hare on floor

Final Mewsings: Buster probably wonders why he wasn’t raised on toast and marmalade!


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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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Head in the Clouds (2004)

Head in the Clouds poster

Remstar Productions
Starring:
 Charlize Theron, Stuart Townsend
Directed by: John Duigan

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

Synopsis: The lives of an heiress (Charlize Theron), an Irish teacher (Stuart Townsend) and a student nurse / stripper (Penélope Cruz) are entangled in Europe during the Spanish Civil War and during World War II.

Kitty Cameo: The heiress, whose name is Gilda (Charlize Theron) lives in an apartment in Paris across the street from a café. The owners of the café, a man and wife, own a tabby cat with white markings who sits on their second floor windowsill with a clear view into Gilda’s apartment.

Head in the Clouds - tabby cat with white markings on windowsill across the street from window

Head in the Clouds - blurry tabby cat with white markings on windowsill across the street from window with Penélope Cruz

Head in the Clouds - tabby cat with white markings on windowsill across the street

Head in the Clouds - tabby cat with white markings on windowsill across the street

This is especially notable the last time the cat is seen, as a man lifts the cat from the window before using this vantage point to gain access to a German officer.

Head in the Clouds - tabby cat with white markings on windowsill

Head in the Clouds - tabby cat with white markings on windowsill looking around at man standing in front

The cat is also seen briefly in the café itself on a table with the owner’s wife in the background.

Head in the Clouds - tabby cat with white markings on table in background of café

Head in the Clouds - tabby cat with white markings on table in background of café

Final Mewsings: A view and free meals. What more does a cat want?


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Jason King – “That Isn’t Me, It’s Somebody Else”

Jason King DVD

Original Air Date: April 28, 1972
Starring: Peter Wyngarde, George Murcell
Directed by: Roy Ward Baker

Synopsis: An international crime boss named Bonisalvi (George Murcell) invites Jason King (Peter Wyngarde) to visit his home in Italy, but a rival crime syndicate decides to send an imposter to gain access to the reclusive mobster.

Kitty Cameo: Bonislavi owns a long-haired ginger tabby cat which is usually seen sitting on the man’s lap or being held in the man’s arms.

Jason King - That Isn't Me, It's Somebody Else - long-haired ginger tabby cat sitting on lap of Bonisalvi George Murcell

Jason King - That Isn't Me, It's Somebody Else - long-haired ginger tabby cat sitting on lap of Bonisalvi George Murcell

Jason King - That Isn't Me, It's Somebody Else - long-haired ginger tabby cat sitting on lap of Bonisalvi George Murcell

Jason King - That Isn't Me, It's Somebody Else - long-haired ginger tabby cat being held by Bonisalvi George Murcell

Jason King - That Isn't Me, It's Somebody Else - long-haired ginger tabby cat being held by Bonisalvi George Murcell

Jason King - That Isn't Me, It's Somebody Else - long-haired ginger tabby cat sitting on lap of Bonisalvi George Murcell

When the man stands up, he often sets the cat down on the desk.

Jason King - That Isn't Me, It's Somebody Else - long-haired ginger tabby cat standing on desk

Jason King - That Isn't Me, It's Somebody Else - long-haired ginger tabby cat standing on desk in front of Bonisalvi George Murcell

Jason King - That Isn't Me, It's Somebody Else - long-haired ginger tabby cat standing on desk in front of Bonisalvi George Murcell

The cat seems somewhat uncomfortable and often tries to move from the man’s lap. But the actor manages to keep the cat in place through most of the scenes.

Jason King - That Isn't Me, It's Somebody Else - long-haired ginger tabby cat fidgeting in lap of Bonisalvi George Murcell

Final Mewsings: Cats have apparently graced the laps of bad guys all over the world!

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


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Madcap Ambrose (1916)

Keystone Film Company
Starring:
 Mack Swain, Polly Moran
Directed by: Fred Fishback

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

Synopsis: Ambrose (Mack Swain) is a strong but gentle giant who lives in a boarding house run by his mother (Mai Wells) and who attracts the admiration of the maid Rosie Bloom (Polly Moran).

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer): While Ambrose is grabbing a bite to eat in the kitchen, something falls on his head and breaks. He looks up to see a tiny tabby kitten on a shelf above.

Madcap Ambrose - tabby kitten sitting on shelf

Madcap Ambrose - tabby kitten knocks something off shelf onto Ambrose Mack Swain head animated gif

Ambrose isn’t even mad. He takes down the kitten and cuddles with it.

Madcap Ambrose - Ambrose Mack Swain cuddling tiny tabby kitten

Ambrose then places the kitten in the dish which held mashed potatoes and the kitten settles right in (by means of reverse footage). Ambrose giggles like a child as he places the lid on top.

Madcap Ambrose - Ambrose Mack Swain placing tiny tabby kitten into dish

Madcap Ambrose - tiny tabby kitten sitting in dish

Madcap Ambrose - tiny tabby kitten lying in dish

Madcap Ambrose - tabby kitten being placed inside dish by Ambrose Mack Swain animated gif

Madcap Ambrose - Ambrose Mack Swain placing lid on dish containing tiny tabby kitten

Rosie then takes the dish into the dining room where the boarders are surprised to see the kitten emerging!

Madcap Ambrose - tiny tabby kitten poking nose out of covered dish

Madcap Ambrose - tiny tabby kitten sitting up in dish

Madcap Ambrose - table of boarders surprised at tiny tabby kitten

Madcap Ambrose - table of boarders surprised at tiny tabby kitten emerging from covered dish animated gif

Madcap Ambrose - tiny tabby kitten sitting in dish

Madcap Ambrose - tiny tabby kitten eating from plate on table where boarders are surprised

Rosie takes the kitten to a table nearby and serenades to the tiny animal while playing an accordian.

Madcap Ambrose - Rosie Polly Moran playing accordian and serenading tiny tabby kitten

Madcap Ambrose - tiny tabby kitten sitting on table

Madcap Ambrose - Rosie Polly Moran petting tiny tabby kitten

Madcap Ambrose - Rosie Polly Moran playing accordian and serenading tiny tabby kitten animated gif

The kitten remains on the table as a fight breaks out over at the dining room.

Madcap Ambrose - Rosie Polly Moran looks shocked with tiny tabby kitten on table behind

One of the boarders stumbles over to Rosie and takes it hat off, accidentally placing it over the kitten on the table. When he picks up his hat, he picks up the kitten as well and places it on his head. He is surprised when the kitten starts to slip down his neck. Rosie rescues the kitten from the precarious predicament.

Madcap Ambrose - man taking off hat with Rosie Polly Moran and tiny tabby kitten on table behind

Madcap Ambrose - man wearing hat with tiny tabby cat tail sticking out the back surprising Rosie Polly Moran

Madcap Ambrose - Rosie Polly Moran holding tiny tabby kitten next to man with hat

Madcap Ambrose - man wearing hat with tiny tabby cat tail sticking out the back surprising Rosie Polly Moran animated gif

The kitten then remains on the table as Rosie receives some good news and everyone gathers around.

Madcap Ambrose - Rosie Polly Moran opens letter with tiny tabby kitten on table behind

Madcap Ambrose - boarders gathered around Rosie Polly with tiny tabby kitten on table behind

The Mack Sennett Studios appreciated the value of including animals in their films, having launched the career of one of the first Cinema Cats, Pepper, some years before. The name of this tiny tabby actor is unknown to us at this time.

Final Mewsings: Kittens prefer warm dishes to accordian music.


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