SCENE STEALING KITTIES

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Re: SCENE STEALING KITTIES

Unread post by Spiny Norman » Tue Jun 20, 2017 11:45 am

IA wrote:
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).
Yes, I can imagine that that hints more of crazy cat lady than of the merciless statesman.
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Re: SCENE STEALING KITTIES

Unread post by earlytalkiebuffRob » Wed Aug 23, 2017 1:12 pm

THE FIRST AUTO (1927) has a magic lantern show scene where a local moggy wanders in front of the lens to the general hilarity of the audience, and Russell Simpson in particular...
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Re: SCENE STEALING KITTIES

Unread post by unipal » Fri Aug 25, 2017 5:48 pm

The first was probably the cat in G. A. Smith's THE OLD MAID'S VALENTINE (1900). There is a close-up of the same cat in GRANDMA'S READING GLASS (1900). THE SICK KITTEN (1903) apparently shows the same cat as the mother of the kitten. So she seems to have been G. A. Smith's family cat and may be considered as the first feline film star.

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Unread post by George O'Brien » Mon Sep 04, 2017 4:02 pm

There's the famous scene that goes on rather too long In "The Bells Of St. Mary's"(1945) where a kitten on a mantlepiece upstages an unaware Bing Crosby as he addresses Ingrid and the other nuns.
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Unread post by s.w.a.c. » Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:25 pm

There's a fair bit of cat action in The Blot.
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Unread post by earlytalkiebuffRob » Tue Sep 12, 2017 2:02 pm

s.w.a.c. wrote:There's a fair bit of cat action in The Blot.
Yes, that's one I'd love to see, but don't know if out on Region 2 yet...

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Unread post by s.w.a.c. » Sun Sep 17, 2017 3:02 pm

earlytalkiebuffRob wrote:
s.w.a.c. wrote:There's a fair bit of cat action in The Blot.
Yes, that's one I'd love to see, but don't know if out on Region 2 yet...
Lucky for me, it turned up on TCM recently, with some other Lois Weber titles.
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Unread post by earlytalkiebuffRob » Tue Oct 24, 2017 1:13 pm

As well as several other moggies, there's the tiny black-and-white kitten George Bancroft pauses to give milk to in the final battle of UNDERWORLD (1927)

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Unread post by CoffeeDan » Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:59 am

earlytalkiebuffRob wrote:As well as several other moggies, there's the tiny black-and-white kitten George Bancroft pauses to give milk to in the final battle of UNDERWORLD (1927)
And there's a long-haired cat who plays a significant role in another Josef von Sternberg picture, DISHONORED (1931). (Saying any more than that would be telling.)

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Re: SCENE STEALING KITTIES

Unread post by zigguraticus » Sun Oct 29, 2017 9:22 am

In "The Horseman on the Roof," set in the Napoleonic era, a well-trained cat accompanies Olivier Martinez over rooftops in an extended chase sequence. And in "L'Atalante" cats are repeatedly HURLED into scenes set on a garbage barge, usually onto actors' shoulders if I remember correctly; you're supposed to think that the vessel is so infested with cats that they are always jumping around like gnats - doesn't work, but the scenes are certainly stolen by the outside-the-frame hurler if not the cats alone. Finally, there is the Coen Bros film "Inside Llewyn Davis" that appears to feature an orange tabby in numerous scenes but it was actually several lookalike orange tabbies - anyway, they stole their scenes as far as I was concerned.

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Unread post by Richard Finegan » Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:03 am

earlytalkiebuffRob wrote:THE FIRST AUTO (1927) has a magic lantern show scene where a local moggy wanders in front of the lens to the general hilarity of the audience, and Russell Simpson in particular...
And Mel Kaufman's tune "Me-Ow" playing in the music score makes it even better!

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Unread post by drednm » Wed Nov 01, 2017 6:58 am

Harry and Tonto (1974) has Art Carney (his Oscar win) and his big orange cat crossing the country for a last road trip. Wonderful film, full of warmth and humor.
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Re: SCENE STEALING KITTIES

Unread post by IA » Tue Nov 07, 2017 1:17 pm

Not so much scene stealing as armed robbery--Charley Bowers's Now You Tell One.
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Unread post by greta de groat » Tue Nov 07, 2017 5:22 pm

There's a lengthy gag with a fluffy cat and i think flypaper or something in Larry Semon's The Grocery Clerk (1918), currently playing on endless rotation in the Oakland Museum history exhibit.

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Re: SCENE STEALING KITTIES

Unread post by earlytalkiebuffRob » Wed Nov 08, 2017 1:42 pm

IA wrote:Not so much scene stealing as armed robbery--Charley Bowers's Now You Tell One:
https://vimeo.com/101625590
The Vimeo upload is incomplete, and lacks the kitties. For the full version, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85GOtSPAgD0



Hilarious!
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Unread post by earlytalkiebuffRob » Sun Dec 10, 2017 2:05 pm

And the moggy in BED AND SOFA (1927) upstages both male leads...

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Unread post by earlytalkiebuffRob » Sun Dec 31, 2017 4:55 am

Carl Dreyer's LOVE ONE ANOTHER (1922) has a kitten playing with the treadle arrangement rocking a baby (19m).
THE SOUL OF YOUTH (1920) has a pampered puss as the centre of discord in a childless couple's household, and a (food) burglary is disturbed by a kitten knocking over some tins in the larder.

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Unread post by earlytalkiebuffRob » Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:52 pm

Another one to add is Dwain Esper's delirious MANIAC (1934), which steals shamelessly from Poe's 'The Black Cat', features a moggy which polishes off a living heart and has a horrid neighbour who breeds them for their fur...

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Re: SCENE STEALING KITTIES

Unread post by earlytalkiebuffRob » Fri Jul 13, 2018 1:42 pm

In SOUTH RIDING (1938), when councillor John Clements visits corrupt fellow councillor and businessman Milton Rosmer, his desk is seemingly littered with moggies, which at least shows he had one point in his favour...

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Re: SCENE STEALING KITTIES

Unread post by Dean Thompson » Fri Jul 13, 2018 2:16 pm

Last night I watched the beautifully restored Criterion blu ray of Von Sternberg's Dishonored, and the long-haired feline that Marlene strokes in a number of her (more or less) close-ups has deep, hypnotic eyes.

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Re: SCENE STEALING KITTIES

Unread post by earlytalkiebuffRob » Sat Jul 14, 2018 1:25 pm

The black cat in YOU'D BE SURPRISED (1926) managed to upstage most if not all of the cast, and presumably was paid a few dollars worth of liver, sardines and milk for his / her splendid performance...

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