Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Dreading Water

Cats don't care for the drink, it's a fact
They just stare and they blink, all arched-backed
But they don't like their paws wet
So you won't get all clawed yet
Though beware! Sleazeball shrinks are attacked!

David Cairns and Surly Hack

Jane Randolph and Simone Simon in Cat People ( Jacques Tourneur, 1942).

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Lamb to the Water

Half-naked and wet, you can't speak
You break a cold sweat, knees go weak
Soft, padded footfalls
A shadow that mauls                
Can't take it? Then let go a shriek!

 Jane Randolph jumps in the pool in Cat People (Jacques Tourneur; 1942).

Monday, November 20, 2017

Cat Walk

The figures cross pregnant dark places
Heels clicking to echo their paces
Our senses are keen
To menace off-screen
Or hidden in negative spaces.

Jane Randolph and Simone Simon go for a walk in Cat People (Jacques Tourneur; 1942).

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Am I Bluto?

Yeah, I'm great, but I wish I were thin      
Out on dates with this dish I can't win
I'm a slob, she's afraid
And some gob makes the grade
I can't wait 'til I squish his face in.

The eternal black-and-blue triangle: Popeye Bluto and Olive Oyl in Beware of Barnacle Bill (1935). Title by blue-haired Donald B. Benson.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Dullard Oblongata

Fetch a brain that is warm, good and kind
Must be sane, well-informed, and refined
You had only one job
You dumb drone, you poor slob...
Who'll explain the abnormal-type mind?

Fritz (Dwight Frye) drops the normal brain in Frankenstein (James Whale; 1931). Title by the oblong David Cairns.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Couching Tiger

When adored young Irena's transfigured
Hide a sword in your cane like old Sigurd
When this wildcat gets frisky
Or else riled, then it's risky
Act untoward toward this jane and you're jiggered!

David Cairns

Simone Simon as Irena, and Tom Conway as her amorous psychiatrist, Dr. Judd, in Cat People (Jacques Tourneur; 1942). Judd carries a cane which contains a blade in the handle.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Nothing More Than Felines

In a Serbian village long gone
A disturbing megillah went on
The men formed committees
And transformed into kitties
But those furballs were killed by King John.

David Cairns

In Irena's dream in Cat People (Jacques Tourneur; 1942), Dr. Judd (Tom Conway) appears as King John of Serbia, bearing his sword to punish heathens.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Cad People

Don't you blindly tempt fate, just dismiss her
She's a client, not date, so don't kiss her
Just one smooch on her mouth
And your future goes south
Though you'll find she's a great little hisser.

Psychiatrist Dr. Louis Judd (Tom Conway) and his patient Irena Dubrovna Reed (Simone Simon) in Cat People (Jacques Tourneur; 1942). Title by David Cairns, a real people person.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Claws For Alarm

Her beauty he came to adore.
He loved her like no girl before.
But then he was shocked
When marriage unlocked
The wrong type of Pussy Galore.

Donald B. Benson

Cozy or ominous? Newlyweds Oliver and Irena (Kent Smith and Simone Simon) cuddle by the fire in The Cat People (Jacques Tourneur; 1942).

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Greens to an End

He mumbles (with hints that he cussed)
In rumbles he's mincemeat--a bust
But greens from a tin
Are means for a win
His muscles in spinach do trust.

Surly Hack and Donald B. Benson

Friday, November 10, 2017

In Tent to Kill

At the circus they die with a splat!
From their perches up high they fall flat  
Hubby Dwight is quite jealous
And a mite overzealous
So berserk that he'll try on this hat!

Dwight Frye plays trapeze artist "Flandrin the Great" in Circus Queen Murder (Roy William Neill ; 1933), which the IMDb describes as "...a sordid tale of marital infidelity, murder, cruelty to animals, and cannibalism." Sounds like pre-Code to me. Title by well in-tent-ioned Donald B. Benson.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Letting the Cat Out

You dope! Though she's fit and of age,
Don't open this pretty one's cage
Her inner she-beast
By sin is released
And you'll cope with a kitty cat's rage.

Simone Simon and Tom Conway in Cat People (Jacques Tourneur; 1942). Title by hepcat Donald B. Benson.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Scratch Me If You Can

Not purring, just matter of fact
How she yearns for a pat on the back
To a loafer she's wedded
Now the sofa is shredded
Cause she turns to a cat in the sack.

David Cairns

Simone Simon stars as Irena in Cat People (Jacques Tourneur; 1942).