SCENE STEALING KITTIES

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Unread post by earlytalkiebuffRob » Mon Jun 05, 2017 1:17 pm

In the past couple of weeks I have watched four films (MARTIN EDEN, 1914. WILD HORSE MESA, 1925. DOSS HOUSE, 1933. A MAN'S AFFAIR, 1949) where the paid actors were severely upstaged by the odd feline - in the last case, possibly accidental. Aside from THE THIRD MAN, and such moggy-themed movies as RHUBARB (1951) and THE THREE LIVES OF THOMASINA (1963), can anyone come up with more?

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Unread post by oldposterho » Mon Jun 05, 2017 1:21 pm

Jones the cat in Alien is pretty infuriating, as is the norm for most of our feline friends.

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Unread post by MaryGH » Mon Jun 05, 2017 1:27 pm

Tabitha in "The Shadow of the Cat" (1961) although she is really the star of the entire film.

She is just a house pet, you know.


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Unread post by Dean Thompson » Mon Jun 05, 2017 2:32 pm

The kitty cat that sits on the sheaf of plays that Penny (Spring Byington) is typing up in Capra's You Can't Take It With You (1938) is cute as a button.

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Unread post by boblipton » Mon Jun 05, 2017 2:35 pm

How about George A. Smith's 1903 Sick Kitten?

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Unread post by linquist » Mon Jun 05, 2017 5:44 pm

Its a silent but THE BIRTH OF A NATION

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Unread post by Dean Thompson » Mon Jun 05, 2017 5:55 pm

Oh, I just remembered the kitty that falls asleep on a little boy's lap at the country store in Way Down East (1920).

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Unread post by Ludi » Mon Jun 05, 2017 5:59 pm

A stray cat and her kittens play a pivotal role in the 1938 proto-noir THEY DRIVE BY NIGHT/MURDER ON THE RUN.

Ernest Thesiger with a kitty!

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Unread post by Rick Lanham » Mon Jun 05, 2017 6:28 pm

Just the other night I was watching The Great White Silence about Scott's expedition to the South Pole.
A black cat is the mascot and a sailor has him do his trick of jumping through the hoop formed by the sailor's outstretched arms. Very cute, but the cat was given an unfortunate name that begins with "N."

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Unread post by Wm. Charles Morrow » Mon Jun 05, 2017 8:12 pm

Bond's "supervillain" Blofeld is usually seen stroking a Persian cat. Likewise with all the Blofeld parodies.
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Unread post by Danny » Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:07 am

Oh, my absolute FAVORITE: In The Gang's All Here (1943) Charlotte Greenwood hears the phone ring and mistakenly picks up a big white cat instead of the receiver. So very funny

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Unread post by greta de groat » Tue Jun 06, 2017 12:13 pm

That big cat around Eve Arden's neck in Stage Door holds her own with a lot of scene stealers.

And mustn't forget the all important cat from Kosmicheskii Reis/Cosmic Voyage.


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Unread post by earlytalkiebuffRob » Tue Jun 06, 2017 12:20 pm

greta de groat wrote:That big cat around Eve Arden's neck in Stage Door holds her own with a lot of scene stealers.

And mustn't forget the all important cat from Kosmicheskii Reis/Cosmic Voyage.


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Unread post by ajabrams » Tue Jun 06, 2017 12:21 pm

These may seem a little obvious but I would add Cat in Breakfast at Tiffany's and Pyewacket in Bell, Book and Candle.

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Unread post by earlytalkiebuffRob » Tue Jun 06, 2017 12:23 pm

Pretty good going so far. Had forgotten some of the ones where I've not seen the films for ages. Of course there is also GOLDWYN FOLLIES (1938) and CHESS FEVER (1926).

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Unread post by MaryGH » Tue Jun 06, 2017 1:26 pm

I would add Gigi, too.

Colette loved cats.
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Unread post by Scott Eckhardt » Tue Jun 06, 2017 1:34 pm

ajabrams wrote:These may seem a little obvious but I would add Cat in Breakfast at Tiffany's and Pyewacket in Bell, Book and Candle.
"Cat" in BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S Is played by Orangy, aka Rhubarb from the 1951 film. He also appeared as Minerva, in the OUR MISS BROOKS tv series and feature film version, and as Elly May's swimming cat Rusty on THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES. The latest credit I saw onscreen for this long-lived feline was on a 1964 episode of MY FAVORITE MARTIAN, where he was billed as "Rhubarb."

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Unread post by Henry Nicolella » Tue Jun 06, 2017 4:15 pm

In FRANKENSTEIN little Maria is playing with a cat just before the Monster comes on scene. Kitty looks ticked off enough to throw Maria in the drink herself.

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Unread post by Spiny Norman » Tue Jun 06, 2017 4:22 pm

Wm. Charles Morrow wrote:Bond's "supervillain" Blofeld is usually seen stroking a Persian cat. Likewise with all the Blofeld parodies.
And before that, Richelieu was always stroking cats while plotting. But it's hardly scene stealing, to be honest. Also, in one scene in YOLT the cat is trying to bolt and the actor can hardly keep hold of it.
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Unread post by MaryGH » Wed Jun 07, 2017 5:23 am

Can't forget Dandelo in The Fly (1958).

In the original story by George Langelaan, Andre wound up having Dandelo's head with fly eyes but Hollywood decided to leave out the fuzzy factor in the composite monster.
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Unread post by Jay Salsberg » Wed Jun 07, 2017 8:29 am

In the very odd horror-screwball comedy THE BOOGIE MAN WILL GET YOU, Peter Lorre is constantly pulling kittens out of his coat pockets. They don't steal any scenes; but they're a lot more interesting than anything else in the film.

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Unread post by Henry Nicolella » Wed Jun 07, 2017 9:31 am

Ellen is playing with a cat at the beginning of NOSFERATU. Some critics think there's something particularly significant about it; if so, it's lost on me. In MASK OF DIJON a rather disloyal cat playfully bats at a guillotine rope causing the blade to come down on his master, Erich von Stroheim. That darn cat!

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Unread post by Christopher Jacobs » Wed Jun 07, 2017 10:30 pm

THE WRONG BOX (1966), hilarious in so many ways, has one of its funniest scenes with Peter Sellers in a small role as an eccentric doctor with a houseful of cats. When he signs a document, he uses one of them to blot the ink.

EDIT: I just noticed that JFK has posted an unidentified still from that scene above.

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Unread post by s.w.a.c. » Thu Jun 08, 2017 7:51 am

Watched Don Corleone play with a kitty in the opening scene of The Godfather last night. Sadly, the cat is never seen again, obviously a victim of Sollozzo's vendetta against the Corleone family.

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Unread post by earlytalkiebuffRob » Thu Jun 08, 2017 12:11 pm

A few more appeared in THE MOLLYCODDLE (1920) after Doug escapes from a fishing vessel...

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Unread post by earlytalkiebuffRob » Sun Jun 11, 2017 2:05 pm

greta de groat wrote:That big cat around Eve Arden's neck in Stage Door holds her own with a lot of scene stealers.

And mustn't forget the all important cat from Kosmicheskii Reis/Cosmic Voyage.


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Unread post by Spiny Norman » Mon Jun 12, 2017 5:30 am

Taking "scene stealing kitties" in its most literal meaning: Are there any incidents recorded of cats getting into the editing room and treating piles of unwound film like a big ball of yarn?
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Unread post by earlytalkiebuffRob » Tue Jun 13, 2017 1:37 pm

Spiny Norman wrote:Taking "scene stealing kitties" in its most literal meaning: Are there any incidents recorded of cats getting into the editing room and treating piles of unwound film like a big ball of yarn?
If they're anything like my Patchy, they are to be found in the commissary - in search of prawns and other treats...

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Unread post by IA » Tue Jun 20, 2017 11:38 am

Spiny Norman wrote:And before that, Richelieu was always stroking cats while plotting. But it's hardly scene stealing, to be honest.
In Henri Diamant-Berger's 1921 serial of The Three Musketeers, Richelieu's desk is perpetually covered in cavorting kitties. So many, in fact, that Richelieu loses some menace as a result. In real life the Cardinal owned 14 cats at the time of his death.
The ultimate scene-stealing kitty movie just might be Kon Ichikawa's I Am a Cat (1975).

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