Cats in Silent Movies!

The time has come, the walrus said, to talk of other things. Namely cats in silent cinema, both literal and metaphorical.

Here’s a dear little kitten in The Heart of a Hero, a romance set during the leadup to the American Revolution. Obviously, a cat is essential in such a film.

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A pre-bob Colleen Moore has fun with a very patient little kitten in The Busher, a baseball flick with a pre-mustache John Gilbert as the second male lead.

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The 1915 Alice in Wonderland is a remarkably strange film but it gets kudos for trying to emulate the book’s original illustrations. Here’s the Cheshire Cat.

Read my review and learn how the film was saved from obscurity by a union-busting industrialist packrat.

Anna May Wong gives her tormentors what for in The Toll of the Sea, an early Technicolor feature. Meow!

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This scene from The White Rose shows you what happens when a middle-aged man tries to write whippersnapper slang. My cats would be horrendously insulted at the very notion that they have a bow-wow.

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8 Replies to “Cats in Silent Movies!”

  1. Pussums had to have been the most patient cat in the world, excepting of course Sennett stalwart and predecessor, Pepper. Always loved the phrase “it’s like herding cats.” Try herding just two if they’re not in the mood (or even if they are)!

  2. I know a lot of people will disagree with me, but I prefer pre-bob Colleen Moore to post-bob Colleen Moore! I think she looked better. πŸ™‚

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