The Bells of St. Mary’s

Posted on 07. Jun, 2015 by in Live Action Cat Films

[easyazon_image add_to_cart=”default” align=”left” asin=”B00F6SHECS” cloaking=”default” height=”160″ localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/5127DkQ6GQL._SL160_.jpg” tag=”catfilms-20″ width=”114″]Bells of St. Mary’s[/easyazon_image]Though in the [easyazon_link asin=”B00F6SHECS” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”catfilms-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Bells of St. Mary’s[/easyazon_link], the story is about the humans, a cat and her kittens do play a role. W.C. Fields reportedly said, “never work with children or animals”, in reference to their ability to draw audience attention away from the comedian, and Fr. O’ Malley is soon up against a being who qualifies as both. When new parish and school administrator Fr. O’Malley first visits the nuns’ parlor at his new assignment, he sits down on a rocking chair, whereupon a cat is heard to screech loudly. He is seen to actually sit down upon what appears to be a live cat, who had been previously relaxing in the rocking chair, who yells in pain and runs away. (It’s doubtful if there were any laws about animal cruelty in movies at the time, so he might have actually sat upon an actual unsuspecting cat.) The nun who is accompanying him explains that they have a mother cat, who recently had kittens, and the cat and kittens get everywhere. This is at once an apology and a caution to look carefully and tread carefully while in their domain. He seems unconcerned about whatever harm he might have done the mother cat, but asks if the father of the kittens is a member of the parish. Shortly thereafter, when he gives his official speech to the audience of nuns, they chuckle and smile while watching him. The nuns intend no disrespect to him or to his more exalted office. Their attention is focused on the antics of a small light orange kitten who has gone to the top of the mantelpiece behind him, and started to play with, and under, his straw boater hat. While there are an unspecified number of other kittens, this particular kitten is the only one who gets significant screen time, or attention from the other characters in the movie. It is only at the conclusion of his speech that he realizes that he has been upstaged by the kitten wearing his hat. When he retrieves his hat, he also takes hold of the kitten, who briefly climbs around on his chest for a while. While he caries the kitten as he exits the room, he either lets the kitten down, or the kitten jumps down, before he exits to the next scene.

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(The picture of the kitten which appears in The Bells of St. Mary’s comes from Five Cats On Film.)

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