Friday, 10 April 2020

I is for Iconic Movie Cats

I'm a sucker for a movie with a cat in it - except those thrillers and horror films where you fear the featured cat is going to come to a sticky end. Hate those. But there have been some great films featuring cats and here are my favourites:

Breakfast at Tiffany's: The lovely ginger cat (pictured above) in Breakfast At Tiffany's is described as “poor slob without a name” by Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn). The cat who took the role (called Orangey) is one of the most famous cat actors of all time. He also starred in the film Rhubarb, Rhubarb as the cat who inherited a baseball team. His amazing credit said: “Introducing the newest addition to Hollywood’s great galaxy of stars—that dynamic, exciting, scintillating personality RHUBARB (by special arrangement with the S.P.C.A.).  His film roles didn't stop there. He also appeared in The Comedy of Terrors and was a guest in Batman and My Favorite Martian.

Floyd with Patrick Swayze

Ghost: Floyd is the name of the cat in Ghost. I couldn't find his real name. After Sam (Patrick Swayze) is killed, he tries to warn wife Molly (Demi Moore) that she’s in danger. He realizes that their tabby, Floyd, can still sense him, so when his killer (Rick Aviles) breaks into their apartment, Sam screams at Floyd. The cat jumps at the killer, scaring him off, and saving the day.

Mr Bigglesworth

Austin Powers: SGC Belfry Ted Nude-Gent is the wonderful real life name of the Sphynx cat in the Austin Powers franchise. He plays Mr Bigglesworth, Dr Evil's hairless pet. Along with Dr Evil, Mr Bigglesworth was forced into a hasty escape in a cryogenic capsule. All of his hair fell out during the process making him completely bald.

Bob and his real life owner James Bowen

A Street Cat Named Bob:  This is a real story based on the book of the same name with Bob playing himself. Drug addict busker James Bowen found the injured cat curled up in the hallway of his sheltered accommodation and took him in. Bob repaid his kindness a thousandfold.  Bob, dressed in his usual red scarf attended the film’s London premiere where he met Prince William and Katherine. I wrote a post about the film back in 2016, see HERE.

Marlon Brando and the stray cat

The Godfather: Don Corleone’s cat in The Godfather was a stray tabby who frequently roamed the Paramount set. He was spotted by director Francis Ford Coppola who put the cat in Marlon Brando's hands without warning.  Brando, always the improviser, made the cat a crucial part of the scene. However, the cat’s purring drowned out some of Brando’s sotto voce dialogue, which had to be re-dubbed.

The evil Blofeld (Donald Pleasance) with his cat

From Russia with Love: Who can forget the evil Blofeld stroking his gorgeous white Angora cat as he confronts James Bond? Blofeld appeared in several Bond films but to my mind the original and the best was Donald Pleasence. The cat also graced the laps of Charles Gray, Telly Savalas, and Max Von Sydow.

Hayley Mills and that darn cat!

That Darn Cat: The Randall sisters, Patti (Hayley Mills) and Ingrid (Dorothy Provine), never have a dull moment, thanks to the antics of D.C., their trouble-making Siamese cat. When D.C. wanders into an apartment where bank teller Margaret Miller (Grayson Hall) is being held hostage, the clever captive writes "help" on her watchband and attaches it to the cat. Upon finding the message, Patti and Ingrid contact the FBI, and soon agent Zeke Kelso (Dean Jones) is there to investigate.

If you are a film buff, take a look at this blog for some great movie posts:

My sassy, grumpy cat Toffee is also taking part in the A to Z Challenge. Take a look here:  She's written a book. Have a quick look at it HERE.  If you are a cat lover - especially a lover of the grumpier members of the species, this is the book for you. Written by Toffee who, despite her name, is the least sweet cat you can imagine. The world according to Toffee exists to serve her and woe betide anyone who forgets it

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If you are a cat lover - especially a lover of the grumpier members of the species, this is the book for you. Written by Toffee who, despite her name, is the least sweet cat you can imagine. The world according to Toffee exists to serve her and woe betide anyone who forgets it. Paperback on left, Kindle version on right.



  1. What a great post of some famous cats and I am glad you wrote about That Darn Cat! Love the cat from the Bond franchise. I would add the cat from the film, “Bell, Book and Candle” and “The Cat From Outer Space”. I would also add Morris the cat who lived to be 24 I think. He was so famous for all the commercials he did.

    1. That's Purrfect11 April 2020 at 09:52

      Oh, yes, Bell, Book and Candle is a wonderful film. Haven't seen the Cat From Outer Space, I don't know why. I don't think Morris featured in the UK where I live but there are some wonderful cat adverts.

  2. I loved That Darn Cat! I went to the theater to see it with my father, and there was such a long line we had to come back later in the day. Imagine a long line for That Darn Cat! It's remembering things like this that convince me my father (who was 45 when I was born) was the more involved parent! There is also The Cat from Outer Space. Oh, Thomasina! That was a tear jerker! Fun fact about The Godfather cat!

    1. That's Purrfect11 April 2020 at 09:55

      My dad was 47 when I was born but was always young at heart! I've never seen The Cat from Outer Space. I must see if I can find it on the internet.

  3. Lots of clever kitties. I was most impressed that ob played himself.

  4. That's Purrfect11 April 2020 at 09:56

    I'm always amazed at anyone who can train a cat to do anything! Mine would just sit and look at you in disgust!


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