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Let Him Have It (1991)

Let Him Have It poster

British Screen Productions
Starring:
 Christopher Eccleston, Tom Courtenay
Directed by: Peter Medak

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

Synopsis: The true story of Derek Bentley (Christopher Eccleston), a slow-witted young man who fell in with a bad crowd and ended up on trial for murder.

Cat Cattle Call: The Bentley family lives in a small two-story home which is also the residence of numerous animals, including dogs, chickens, a turtle and at least three cats. Two of the cats are first seen in Derek’s smoke-filled bedroom along his sister Iris (Clare Holman) and some of the other animals.

Let Him Have It - two cats in smoke-filled room with Derek Christopher Eccleston Iris Clare Holman dogs chickens and turtle

Later a tabby cat is sitting on the back of a couch when Derek’s father (Tom Courtenay) enters.

Let Him Have It - tabby cat on back of couch with dog and Mr. Bentley Tom Courtenay

Derek surprises his father with a present that turns out to be stolen. All three cats are there during this scene in which Derek’s mother (Eileen Atkins) is also present.

Let Him Have It - tuxedo cat on Mrs. Bentley's Eileen Atkins lap with tabby cat nearby

Let Him Have It - tuxedo cat on Mrs. Bentley's Eileen Atkins lap with tabby cat and tuxedo cat nearby and Mr. Bentley Tom Courtenay

Let Him Have It - tuxedo cat on back of couch and tabby cat on arm of couch with Mrs. Bentley's Eileen Atkins

Finally two of the cats are seen in the final moments with the Bentley family in their living room.

Let Him Have It - tuxedo and tabby cat on couch in overhead shot of Bentley's hugging in living room

Let Him Have It - tabby cat on back of couch in shot of Bentley's hugging in living room

Final Mewsings: Sometimes it’s better to just stay home with your cats.

Many thanks to Nick Wale for letting us know about the cats in this movie!


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Mr. Love (1985)

Mr. Love poster

Enigma Productions
Starring:
 Barry Jackson, Maurice Denham
Directed by: Roy Battersby

Synopsis: Donald Lovelace (Barry Jackson) is a soft-spoken public park gardener who earns a reputation for being able to please women.

Kitty Cameo: In additional to caring for the grounds of the park, Mr. Lovelace also cares for various animals. In one scene he is taking a tabby cat out of a cage.

Mr. Love - Donald Lovelace Barry Jackson removing tabby cat wearing bandage from cage

Mr. Love - Donald Lovelace Barry Jackson removing tabby cat wearing bandage from cage

The cat has a bandage around its neck, indicating it has been hurt and Mr. Lovelace is caring for it. He handles the cat very gently.

Mr. Love - Donald Lovelace Barry Jackson holding tabby cat wearing bandage

Mr. Love - Donald Lovelace Barry Jackson holding tabby cat wearing bandage

Mr. Lovelace then places the cat in the arms of his friend Theo (Maurice Denham).

Mr. Love - Theo Maurice Denham holding tabby cat on lap

The cat must be feeling better, as it jumps down moments later and is not seen again.

Mr. Love - tabby cat jumping down in background

Mr. Love - tabby cat walking on ground in background

Final Mewsings: Men who can please women and cats are keepers.


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Deliria (1987)

Stagefright poster

English Title:  StageFright (aka Aquarius and Bloody Bird)
DMV Distribuzione
Starring:
 Barbara Cupisti, Clain Parker
Directed by: Michael Soavi

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

Synopsis: A theater troupe finds themselves locked in a soundstage with a crazed killer.

Featured Feline: The film opens with a cat yowling under the opening credits. A black cat is featured prominently in many scenes of the film (actually the cat, whose name is Lucifer, appears to be a tabby cat which has been tinted black). The cat first crosses the stage as the actors are rehearsing a play.

Deliria - black tabby cat Lucifer walking across stage

The director, Peter (David Brandon) later grabs Lucifer roughly and hands him to a stage hand named Mark (Martin Philips), directing him to “Get this damn cat out of here.”

Deliria - director reaching for black tabby cat Lucifer on stage

Deliria - Mark Martin Philips carrying away black tabby cat Lucifer

Lucifer belongs to the building’s caretaker Willy (James Sampson), who reaches for him when he crosses the path of actress Alicia (Barbara Cupisti) and seamstress Betty (Ulrike Schwerk) as they head out for medical help for Alicia’s sore ankle. Alicia is nervous and Betty asks if she is superstitious.

Deliria - black tabby cat Lucifer running in front of women

The girls go to a psychiatric hospital for help and unwittingly bring back a crazed psycho killer named Irving Wallace (Clain Parker) in their car. As Betty later sits in the car, she is startled by Lucifer who jumps at her in true spring-loaded cat fashion from the back seat. After Betty is killed, Alicia hears Lucifer meowing around the car and looks for him. Lucifer is not seen but Alicia finds Betty’s body next to the car.

Deliria - black tabby cat Lucifer jumps up on back of front seat in car

Lucifer is not seen again until later in the film when the majority of the theater troupe has been killed, leaving only Alicia to witness the gruesome scene of Wallace, wearing an owl’s head that was a prop from the play, arranging the mutilated bodies around the stage. Lucifer emerges from beneath a chair and starts to gnaw on part of one of the bodies.

Deliria - black tabby cat Lucifer coming out from beneath chair on bloody stage covered with bodies

Deliria - black tabby cat Lucifer coming out from beneath chair on bloody stage covered with bodies

Deliria - black tabby cat Lucifer gnawing at body on bloody stage

Deliria - black tabby cat Lucifer on bloody stage covered with bodies and killer

The cat then hits an electrical cable on the stage, turning on a fan which blows feathers everywhere.

Deliria - black tabby cat Lucifer bumping into wire

Lucifer then becomes Wallace’s lap cat, enjoying pets as the crazy man sits in the chair in the middle of the stage, surrounded by his carnage.

Deliria - black tabby cat Lucifer sitting on lap of owl headed killer Wallace on bloody stage

Deliria - close of black tabby cat Lucifer sitting on lap of owl headed killer Wallace on bloody stage

Deliria - close of black tabby cat Lucifer sitting on lap of owl headed killer Wallace on bloody stage

Deliria - close of black tabby cat Lucifer sitting on lap of owl headed killer Wallace on bloody stage

Alicia spots the key to the door stuck in the stage and crawls beneath the floor to try to pry it loose. Lucifer notices the nail she is using coming up through the boards and investigates, tipping Wallace off to Alicia’s location.

Deliria - close of black tabby cat Lucifer sitting on lap of owl headed killer Wallace on bloody stage with key in foreground

Deliria - close of black tabby cat Lucifer sitting on lap of owl headed killer Wallace on bloody stage with key in foreground

Deliria - close of black tabby cat Lucifer at feet of owl headed killer Wallace on bloody stage with key in foreground

Deliria - close of black tabby cat Lucifer at feet of owl headed killer Wallace on bloody stage with key in foreground

Lucifer is only seen one more time following Alicia down the steps of the stage as she runs to the door.

Deliria - close of black tabby cat Lucifer coming off bloody stage with Alicia Barbara Cupisti ahead

Final Mewsings: If you are stupid enough to go to a psychiatric hospital for a sore ankle, don’t blame the cat for your bad luck!

Many thanks to Dr. Jimmy and Bob for letting us know about the cat in this movie.


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Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood – “Season 1, Episode 68”

Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood poster

Original Air Date: May 22, 1968
Starring: Fred Rogers
Directed by: David F. Chen

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

Synopsis: Mr. Rogers (Fred Rogers) attends a dance class and then comes home to find a surprise waiting for him.

Reality Cat: The surprise turns out to be a visit from Mr. Rogers’ own tabby cat named Blackberry.

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - Blackberry tabby cat approaches Fred Rogers

Mr. Rogers seems very happy to see Blackberry and Blackberry seems very happy to see him as well.

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - Blackberry tabby cat being held by Fred Rogers

Blackberry is then taken to the bench nearby, as Mr. Rogers explains it is her favorite place to sit when visiting. The cat enjoys pets and loving and even kneads in contentment.

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - Blackberry tabby cat on cushioned bench with Fred Rogers

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - Blackberry tabby cat on cushioned bench being petted by Fred Rogers

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - Blackberry tabby cat on cushioned bench being petted by Fred Rogers

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - Blackberry tabby cat on cushioned bench being petted by Fred Rogers

Mr. Rogers then fetches a little bowl of food but Blackberry is not interested in eating and jumps back onto the bench. Blackberry seems interested in the lights and camera crew but is very comfortable as well.

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - Blackberry tabby cat being offered food by Fred Rogers

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - Blackberry tabby cat on cushioned bench with Fred Rogers

Finally Mr. Rogers puts the food away and fetches his loafers, which he will change as is the custom at the end of the program. He explains he will be taking Blackberry back home with him.

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - Blackberry tabby cat on cushioned bench looking at shoes held by Fred Rogers

Final Mewsings: Cats make the best surprises!

Many thanks to Erin T. Aardvark for letting us know about this adorable kitty!


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Bakjwi (2009)

Thirst poster

English Title Thirst
Focus Features International
Starring:
 Kang-ho Song, Ok-bin Kim
Directed by: Park Chan-wook

Synopsis: A priest named Sang-hyun (Kang-ho Sang) undergoes an experimental treatment to cure a deadly disease and comes out afflicted with something much worse.

Purr Blur: As Sang-hyun starts to undergo changes, he finds himself able to hear every sound around him, including that of a cat meowing somewhere nearby.

Thirst - tabby cat looking up

Thirst - tabby cat meowing

Final Mewsings: Many cat owners would like to be able to hear their cat from far away.


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