MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 5,698 this week

The Cat's Meow (2001)

 -  Drama  -  4 June 2004 (UK)
6.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.4/10 from 6,396 users   Metascore: 63/100
Reviews: 118 user | 100 critic | 34 from Metacritic.com

Semi-true story of the Hollywood murder that occurred at a star-studded gathering aboard William Randolph Hearst's yacht in 1924.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (play)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 48 titles
created 16 Jun 2011
 
a list of 24 titles
created 01 Oct 2012
 
a list of 23 titles
created 04 Feb 2013
 
a list of 44 titles
created 15 May 2013
 
a list of 27 titles
created 19 Nov 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "The Cat's Meow" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Cat's Meow (2001)

The Cat's Meow (2001) on IMDb 6.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Cat's Meow.

User Polls

1 win. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Animation | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Santa doesn't want to retire, but rules are rules and he must train someone to replace him. The lucky winner, to be chosen from among millions of children, must be named Nicholas, be an ... See full summary »

Director: Luc Vinciguerra
Stars: Julie Gayet, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Lorànt Deutsch
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A younger boy falls in love with a tragic girl who flirts with, and manipulates, her older suitors in 1800's Russia.

Director: Reverge Anselmo
Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Julie Walters, Geraldine James
Deeply (2000)
Drama | Fantasy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A reclusive woman's unpublished story about a curse, told to a grieving girl, turns out to be something other than a fairy tale.

Director: Sheri Elwood
Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Lynn Redgrave, Julia Brendler
Hardball (Video 1997)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

JERSEY BELLINI and his girlfriend B.B. are in the kind of business that can really strain a relationship... See full synopsis »

Director: George Erschbamer
Stars: Michael Dudikoff, Lisa Howard, Tony Curtis
Saint Jack (1979)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Compelling character study, revolving around Jack Flowers (Ben Gazzara), an American hustler trying to make his fortune in 1970s Singapore in small time pimping. He dreams of building a ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Bogdanovich
Stars: Ben Gazzara, Denholm Elliott, James Villiers
Luckytown (2000)
Drama | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Kirsten Dunst plays a young woman (Lidda), who is searching for her father (James Caan). She finds herself at odds with her boyfriend who wants nothing but a carefree lifestyle.

Director: Paul Nicholas
Stars: Kirsten Dunst, James Caan, Vincent Kartheiser
Evilspeak (1981)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A military cadet who happens to be a social outcast taps into a way to summon demons and cast spells on his tormentors through his computer.

Director: Eric Weston
Stars: Clint Howard, R.G. Armstrong, Joe Cortese
Prank I (2013)
Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  

In the Summer before their senior year, three teens tried to execute the perfect prank on their bully. Instead, they executed him.

Director: Yiuwing Lam
Stars: Nick Renaud, Henry Monfries, Gemmenne de la Peña
Daisy Miller (1974)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

In this comedy of manners, Frederick Winterbourne tries to figure out the bright and bubbly Daisy Miller, only to be helped and hindered by false judgments from their fellow friends.

Director: Peter Bogdanovich
Stars: Cybill Shepherd, Barry Brown, Cloris Leachman
Trafic (1971)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Mr. Hulot drives a recreational vehicle from Paris to Amsterdam in his usual comic, disasterous style.

Director: Jacques Tati
Stars: Jacques Tati, Marcel Fraval, Honoré Bostel
Sam Whiskey (1969)
Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Sam Whiskey is an all-round talent, but when the attractive widow Laura offers him a job, he hesitates: he shall salvage gold bars, which Laura's dead husband stole recently, from a sunken ... See full summary »

Director: Arnold Laven
Stars: Burt Reynolds, Angie Dickinson, Clint Walker
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Preface In criminal law, law-breakers especially youth who are released on probation are being supervised by Probation Officers. Story If being bad is being evil, hell will have a full ... See full summary »

Directors: Hung Wah Tony Leung, Selina Kam
Stars: Yat Kei Rainbow Fong, Ceci Fung Yan, Hoi Ting Tinky Lam
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
Claudia Harrison ...
...
James Laurenson ...
...
...
...
Ingrid Lacey ...
...
...
Elinor's Driver
Edit

Storyline

In November of 1924, a mysterious Hollywood death occurred aboard media mogul William Randolph Hearst's yacht. Included among the famous guests that weekend were, Charlie Chaplin, Hearst's mistress, starlet Marion Davies, the studio system creator, producer Thomas Ince, and feared gossip columnist, Louella Parsons. Written by Carol Lewis, Producer

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A Triangle... A Murder... A Secret... Don't Tell. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexuality, a scene of violence and brief drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

| |

Language:

Release Date:

4 June 2004 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Everybody Charleston  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$111,037 (USA) (12 April 2002)

Gross:

$3,176,936 (USA) (14 June 2002)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The title of the film was a popular slang phrase in the 1920s that meant the equivalent of "really cool", "great", "the best". See more »

Goofs

In the opening of the film, Chaplin's hair is wind-blown in wide shots and neat in the close-ups. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Man in crowd: Stop pushing! Stop pushing!
[unintelligible yells from crowd]
Man in crowd: Please, calm down!
Elinor Glyn: [voiceover] In November of 1924, during a weekend yacht party bound for San Diego, a mysterious death occurred within the Hollywood community. However there was no coverage in the press, no police action, and of the fourteen passengers on board only one was ever questioned by authorities. Little evidence exists now or existed at the time to support any version of those weekend events. History has been ...
[...]
See more »

Crazy Credits

The characters, entities, and events depicted and the names used in this motion picture are ficticious. Any similarities to any actual persons living or dead or to any actual entities or events is entirely coincidental and unintentional. See more »

Connections

Referenced in By Bogdanovich (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

(In My Sweet Little) Alice Blue Gown
(1919)
Performed by Ian Whitcomb & His Bungalow Boys
Written by Joseph McCarthy and Harry Tierney (as Henry Tierney)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Another Side Of W R Hearst For Citizen Kane Fans And That Is About Everyone
6 June 2006 | by (Richmond, Virginia) – See all my reviews

It begins with a funeral, for whom you don't know except who ever it is, he or she is getting quite a send-off to the tune of Aloha Nui played by a pair of musicians strumming ukuleles. Now if you have a photographic memory and can remember the faces of the hundreds of mourners, then perhaps it won't be a mystery as to who will be in the casket. You do know however, that someone invited to a lavish any thing goes party aboard William Randolph's Hearst's yacht the Oneida in the flash back that follows the funeral will. The movie seems to go nowhere for a while,mostly just watching fun and games of those lucky enough to be invited, even though you know the price one aboard that yacht is destined to pay for this trip. You almost forget the funeral and the mystery of what this movie is about – who is in that casket, but it is well worth the wait. Like any good mystery, the unlucky victim is one you'd least expect, though you'd think it would have been Charlie Chaplin , but we know he lived to a ripe old age. Until it gets to that point, you get to see another take on what William Randolph, child-like but likable and with some pretty quirky flaws, making one wonder how he ever became so rich. As most people have seen Citizen Kane, we already know about infatuation with Marion Davies bordering on an obsession, but probably don't know that a competition for her existed between Charlie Chaplin and Hearst and how this competition creates the mystery as to whoever is in the box got there.

The epilogue of this film was probably the most interesting of any film I ever seen. Secrets had to be kept and Hearst was willing to pay any price to see they were kept, granting all who cooperated, and apparently all did, whatever wish (and he could do it) as any genie in any bottle. If you are looking for something different and willing to give this movie a chance, this movie is for you. This movie deserves better than the 6.5 of the IMDb and I give this movie a 7.5/10.


8 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Worst movie ever! ricaniusrhubarb
Eddie Izzard? abuzzed
Marion Davies/Dunst mystangrocks05
Tom Ince rajax
outraged Chaplin fan your_hobbit_pal
Black + White foxmwoods
Discuss The Cat's Meow (2001) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?