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Still image from The Witch Cat in Movie Makers, Dec. 1949, 452.

Date produced: 1949

Filmmaker(s):

William A. Thomas

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Languages:

English

Length:

600 ft

Format:

16mm

Colour:

Kodachrome

Sound Notes:

Silent

Sound:

With music and narrative on disc.

Awards/Recognition:

ACL Ten Best 1949

Description:

"A witch who tires of her venomous role decides to transmit her characteristics to the soul of a cat. In this utterly charming film, William A. Thomas shows that he understands this soul perfectly — in both its winsome and its wilder aspects. With inexhaustible patience, he has recorded all the mischievous doings of a lively kitten that finally sees the light of love and casts off the witch's spell — i.e., the cat has kittens. Mr. Thomas's staging of the witch scenes — a role played with relish by Olive Thomas — is eerie and effective, while his sequences on the satanic feline are done with amused affection. The Witch Cat will appall those who "can't bear the beasts," delight those who adore them." Movie Makers, Dec. 1949, 455.

Resources:

Discussed by Thomas in "Starring Miss Kitty" (Movie Makers, Jan. 1951, 21, 26). The article shares the backstory of the family cat, Miss Kitty, and offers tips for successful filming of one's pet. Film stills are shown.

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Screenings:

  • Screened by the Hartford Cinema Club in 1949, Hartford, CT
  • Screened by the Metropolitan Motion Picture Club in 1950, New York City, N.Y.
  • Screened by the Amateur Cinema Club of Buffalo in 1950, Buffalo, N.Y.

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