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The Cat's Meow -- From acclaimed director Peter Bogdanovich comes an extraordinary look at a fateful excursion aboard William Randolph Hearst's private yacht in November 1924 that brought together some of the country's best known personalities and resulted in a still-unsolved, hushed-up killing.
The Cat's Meow -- Semi-true story of the Hollywood murder that occurred at a star-studded gathering aboard William Randolph Hearst's yacht in 1924.


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Semi-true story of the Hollywood murder that occurred at a star-studded gathering aboard William Randolph Hearst's yacht in 1924. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Peter Bogdanovich 
Writing credits
Steven Peros (screenplay)

Steven Peros (play)

Produced by
Julie Baines .... producer
Ernie Barbarash .... co-producer
Kim Bieber .... producer
Fenia Cossovitsa .... line producer: Greece
Martin Hagemann .... line producer
Carol Lewis .... producer
Iraklis Mavroidis .... line producer: Greece
Dieter Meyer .... producer
Jason Newmark .... associate producer
Michael Paseornek .... executive producer
Wieland Schulz-Keil .... executive producer
Original Music by
Ian Whitcomb 
Cinematography by
Bruno Delbonnel (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Edward G. Norris  (as Edward Norris)
Production Design by
Jean-Vincent Puzos 
Art Direction by
Christian Eisele (supervising art director)
Susanne Hopf 
Loukas Oikonomopoulos (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
Daniele Drobny (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Caroline de Vivaise  (as Caroline De Vivaise)
Makeup Department
Mark English .... hair stylist supervisor
Jacqueline Fowler .... makeup artist (as Jacqui Fowler)
Kathleen Leersen .... assistant makeup artist
Trefor Proud .... hair designer
Trefor Proud .... makeup designer
Production Management
Nestoras Katsimichas .... production manager: Greece
Hartwig König .... production manager: Greece (as Hartwig Konig)
Sevi Morou .... assistant production manager: Greece
Martin Schlüter .... unit production manager
Tom Sternitzke .... production manager: Greece
Philip Stilman .... post-production supervisor (as Phil Stilman)
Zoi Tsochla .... assistant production manager: Greece
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tatjana Bonnet .... second assistant director (as Tatjana Jakovleski)
Gesche Carstens .... first assistant director
Art Department
Ana Montarana Alba .... assistant production designer
Marie-Jo Arnautin .... artistic painter
Friederike Beckert .... prop runner
Hubert Bock .... swing gang
Danny Burke .... prop master: Greece
Angela Dorsch .... drawer
Daniele Drobny .... set designer
Carlo Ferrante .... architect
Benjamin Forster-Baldenius .... drawer
Jens Gaube .... carpenter
Stefan Grebe .... prop buyer
Marita Götz .... constructions props
Ingeborg Heinemann .... art department coordinator
Philipp Hübner .... stand-by construction (as Paul Philipp Hübner)
Gerassimos Karvounis .... props: Greece (as Gerasimos Karvounis)
Robert Kellner .... prop runner
Claudia Kiefer .... stand-by props
Thomas Krause .... set construction
Thomas Krause .... set construction: Greece
Grit Kronacher .... set dresser
Padraic Mac Donnacha .... set construction: Greece
Natalja Meier .... construction drawing assistant (as Natalia Meier)
Christoph Merg .... prop master
Christoph Merg .... set dresser
Anne Metzen .... constructions props
Constanza Niemack .... graphics
Anja Niesler .... financial/controller: construction
Henrik Niesler .... construction manager
Jan Niesler .... construction art director
Jan Niesler .... construction supervisor: Greece
Andrea Oberlechner .... stand-by props assistant
Simon Pasiut .... set construction: Greece
Santiago Isidro Pin .... artistic painter (as Santiago Isidropin)
Christian Pralle .... set construction
Shirley Robinson .... prop buyer: London
Peter Rose .... swing gang
Ronald Rudolph .... construction runner
Markus Schroeder .... set construction: Greece (as Markus Schroder)
Marius Schroger .... architect
Roland Schwarthoff .... carpenter
John Seddal .... greens: Greece
Constanze Siedenburg .... prop designer
Holger Stark .... construction foreman
Ben Stephens .... greens: Greece
Sascha Strutz .... swing gang
Peter Stückenschneider .... set construction: Greece
Ekaterini Thomaidou .... prop buyer: Greece
Claudia Tietjen .... art department office
Christian Tircher .... set construction: Greece
Babis Triantis .... props: Greece
Günter Unterburger .... set painter foreman
Anastasis Venetis .... set construction: Greece
Tom Weber .... stand-by construction
Pete Wendler .... head of construction
Lucinda Whittle .... greens: Greece
Darius Wientzek .... architect
Philipp Hübner .... carpenter (uncredited)
Philipp Hübner .... on-set swing gang (uncredited)
Sound Department
Louis Bertini .... adr editor
Matthew C. Beville .... adr mixer: Los Angeles (as Matt Beville)
Sahin Dagdelen .... assistant sound mixer
Pam DeMetruis-Thomas .... dialogue editor (as Pam Demetruis)
Bobby Johanson .... adr mixer: New York
Robert Jäger .... sound mixer
Erik Mischijew .... sound designer
Matz Müller .... sound designer
Thomas Neumann .... foley editor
Paul Oberle .... sound mixer
Alex Raspa .... adr recordist: New York
Frank 'Talky' Regente .... boom operator
Chris Roberts .... adr: London
Günther Röhn .... foley artist
Peter Sandmann .... foley artist
Martin Schloemer .... adr recordist: Los Angeles
Simone Schulz .... foley recordist
Herbert Wüst .... boom operator
Matz Müller .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Martin Gaskell .... special effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Tobias Bauermeister .... video operator
Isabelle Casez .... first assistant camera
Birgit Dierken .... assistant camera
Nicole Dierken .... clapper loader
Gerd Domde .... studio electrician
Richard Foreman Jr. .... still photographer (as Richard Foreman)
Paul Freuer .... key grip
Harald Mellwig .... second assistant camera
Andre Poser .... electrician
Johannes Precht .... electrician
Ron Rakowski .... gaffer
Mark Ramsey .... technical supervisor: camera/grip (as Marc Ramsey)
Jorg Santjer .... electrician
Thomas Schenk .... studio electrician
Marc Spicer .... Steadicam operator
Marc Spicer .... camera operator
Danny Steinbrecher .... assistant dolly grip
Mario Suter .... studio electrician
Alexander Fischerkoesen .... director of photography: Greece, second unit (uncredited)
Jens Winkler .... assistant camera: Greece, second unit (uncredited)
Casting Department
Sarah Beardsall .... casting
Annette Borgmann .... casting: Germany
Beth Bowling .... casting: USA
Makis Gazis .... casting: Greece
Iris Müller .... extras casting
Alexandros Romanos Lizardos .... assistant casting: Greece (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert Isaac .... assistant costume designer
Sarah Meyer .... wardrobe
Katja Pothmann .... costume coordinator
Patricia Saalburg .... assistant costume designer
Martina Strauss .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Jason Brodkey .... first assistant editor: New York
Nina Caspers .... first assistant editor: Berlin
Chris Houghton .... assistant editor: New York
Traudl Nicholson .... color timer
Laura Weinberg .... assistant editor: New York
Music Department
Tim Boatman .... musician: drums
Bobby Bruce .... musician: violin
Tim Emmons .... musician: double bass
James Flatto .... music editor
Joel C. High .... music supervisor
Dan Levinson .... musician: clarinet and saxophone
Tom Marion .... musician: guitar and mandolin
Geoff Nudell .... musician: clarinet and saxophone
Fred Sokolow .... musician: banjo, guitar, mandolin and Hawaiian steel guitar
Chris Tedesco .... musician: trumpet
Stephanie Lynn Urcheck .... music coordinator
Ian Whitcomb .... conductor: The KFI Radio Band
Ian Whitcomb .... musician: piano, musette, accordion, ukelele and vocals
Randy Woltz .... musician: drums, xylophone, vibraphone, bells and piano
Transportation Department
Ludger Diekämper .... transportation manager
Edgar Hainke .... production driver
Michael Kraft .... production driver
Jan Kramer .... production driver
Hubert Malouschek .... production driver
Mark Naujock .... picture vehicles: historical vehicles, F.J. Kroger
Michael Schütze .... production driver
Arndt Stepper .... driver: props
Wolfgang Werner .... production driver
Patrick Wiethoff .... driver: props
Other crew
Matthias Althaus .... tag advisor
Thodoris Athanasopoulos .... caterer: Greece
Volker Beyer .... project controller
Kim Bieber .... stage producer
Heenan Blaikie .... legal
Richard Böhringer .... assistant: Mr. Bogdanovich, Berlin
Paul Cable .... insurance
Dimitris Chalilopoulos .... production assistant: Greece
Iris Chester .... executive assistant: Mr. Bogdanovich
Emily Dische-Becker .... hospitality
Annette Drees .... continuity
Geraldine East .... legal
Christian Ebner .... assistant accountant
Renate Farber .... production coordinator
Pari Garvanos .... production assistant
Luke Golden .... assistant: Mr. Bogdanovich, New York
Peter Grossman .... legal: Lichter, Grossman, Nichols & Adler
Ralf Hartmann .... business affairs: CP Medien
Arlette Heyn .... production accountant
Sarah Hunt .... assistant accountant: UK
Claudia Kalindjian .... publicist
Sandra Lohr .... production assistant
Michael Marker .... banker: Deutsche Bank Berlin
Nickoletta Marouli .... caterer: Greece
Laurie May .... business and legal affairs: Lions Gate
Felix Neunzerling .... publicist
Yiannis Nickolopoulis .... production assistant: Greece
Olga Papada .... production secretary: Greece
Simon Pasiut .... production assistant: Greece
Georgia Passali .... hospitality: Greece
Andreas Pfitzmann .... floor manager
Viola Retzmann .... production secretary
Janine Rieger .... publicity assistant
Jean-Louis Rodrigue .... movement consultant
Marie Schwarz .... runner: assistant director
Frieder Sievert .... assistant floor manager
Natascha Skara .... production assistant
David Steinberg .... legal
Jim Sternberg .... completion bond
Dominique Thibaud .... banker: National Bank of Canada
Vana Evanthia Tsantila .... assistant production coordinator
Giorgos Tzanakis .... production assistant: Greece
Jasmin Wagner .... production assistant
Frank Weidemann .... banker: Deutsche Bank Berlin
Eric Ayzenberg .... thanks
Maureen Baker .... thanks
Dennis Bartok .... thanks
Darcy Bieber .... thanks
Arpad Bondy .... thanks
Sarah Botstein .... thanks: musician
Paul Brooks .... thanks: musician
Diana Brown .... thanks: Department of Culture
Randall Burg .... thanks
Ken Burns .... special thanks
Julio D'Angelo .... thanks: musician
Marc Elsner .... thanks
William K. Everson .... thanks: in memoriam
Jeff Freilich .... special thanks
Mrs. Georgiadis .... thanks: Radio Korasidi
Stuart Goodman .... thanks
Colin Green .... thanks: Department of Culture
Hristina Hatzaridou .... thanks
Mark Hill .... thanks: musician
Wicky Kalaitzi .... thanks (as Vicky Kalatzi)
Carvin Knowles .... thanks: musician
Myrsini Kontou .... thanks
Ann Kroeber .... thanks
Gogo Lewis .... thanks
William Lewis .... thanks
Tomasz Lipinski .... thanks: musician (as Tom Lopinski)
Rose Markisello .... thanks
Mary McDonwell .... thanks: musician
Loukas Oikonomopoulos .... thanks (as Loukas Iconomopoulos)
Marty Olinick .... thanks: musician
John Peros .... thanks
Bill Rosenfield .... thanks: musician
Dimitrios Rovatsos .... thanks
Philipas Rovatsos .... thanks
Christina Russell .... thanks: musician
Larry Spier .... thanks: musician
Jenny Sullivan .... thanks
Quentin Tarantino .... special thanks
Dimitris Theocharis .... thanks
Doctor Theodosiou .... thanks
Leuteris Vourthis .... thanks
Vasilis Vourthis .... thanks
Kevin Wang .... thanks: musician

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Rated PG-13 for sexuality, a scene of violence and brief drug use
114 min
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While shooting the exteriors in Greece the crew were cursed with bad weather. It went from sunny to rainy and back again at the drop of a hat which caused major problems with continuity. The whole crew decided that it was the ghost of William Randolph Hearst who was at the bottom of it, unhappy that they were making such a film about him. On set, each time the weather changed for the worst someone would shout "That's Hearst!!".See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: As the Charleston dancers file out of the dining room, led by the saxophonist and banjo player, the sax and banjo sounds fade out, but so do the sounds of a piano and drum kit (which remain in the room).See more »
[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...
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25 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
An interesting semi-fictional tale of Hollywood folklore, 5 June 2003
Author: FilmOtaku ( from Milwaukee, WI

The Cat's Meow is a semi-true story of a murder that occurred on William Randolph Hearst's yacht one evening in 1924. While much of the screenplay is presumably speculation, it is interesting to see the effects the murder on some of his other guests, like Marion Davies, Hearst's mistress, Charlie Chaplin and Luella Parsons, among others.

This film couldn't fail for me – its subject matter involves William Randolph Hearst, a foe of my main obsession Orson Welles, and it contained one of my favorite entertainers in the cast, Eddie Izzard as Charlie Chaplin. However, while watching the film I had to consider whether the movie was a well-written drama or simply too slow in its development, making the climax more of a let-down than anything. If the film wasn't book-ended by compelling writing that made you both look deeply into the subject matter from the beginning, then reflect on the past events at the conclusion, I would have said the latter was true. And while Eddie Izzard was fantastic as Chaplin, and Kirsten Dunst wasn't her usual irritating self as Davies, it was Joanna Lumley who I thought was the breakout star of the film. Her role was small, but integral to the progression of the film – acting as narrator, analyst and the film's conscience.

While not a fast paced, action filled film, The Cat's Meow is pleasant to experience based on its dramatic merits. Bogdanovich is more of an actor as of late than a director, but this film's character-driven dramatic elements harkens back to his best known classic, The Last Picture Show. If you are a fan of film history as I am, you will find this film interesting and thought-provoking.


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