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The Cat's Meow (2001)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 3 May 2002 (USA)
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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Marion Davies
... W.R. Hearst
... Charlie Chaplin
... Thomas Ince
... Elinor Glyn
... Louella Parsons
Claudia Harrison ... Margaret Livingston
... George Thomas
... Dr. Daniel Goodman
... Joseph Willicombe
... Celia
... Didi
Ingrid Lacey ... Jessica Barham
... Frank Barham
... Elinor's Driver
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Storyline

In November of 1924, a mysterious Hollywood death occurred aboard media mogul William Randolph Hearst's yacht. Among the famous guests that weekend were: film star Charlie Chaplin; starlet Marion Davies (who was also Hearst's mistress at the time); silent-film producer Thomas H. Ince (known for creating the first Hollywood-studio facility and for creating an "assembly line" system for filmmaking); and feared gossip columnist, Louella Parsons. Written by Carol Lewis, Producer

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

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Drama | Romance

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

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3 May 2002 (USA)  »

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Everybody Charleston  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$111,037, 14 April 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,209,481, 20 June 2002

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,646,994
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Trivia

Marlon Brando turned down the chance to play William Randolph Hearst. See more »

Goofs

The Walther PPK pistol was not produced until 1931, nor would it have a plastic finger extension on the magazine's base plate. See more »

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[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 ...
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Crazy Credits

Thanks to the people of Kyparissi; Captain Kostas and the crew of the yacht "Marala" See more »

Connections

References Janice Meredith (1924) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Just Wild About Harry
(1921)
Performed by Chiara Schoras with Ian Whitcomb & His Bungalow Boys
Music by Eubie Blake
Lyrics by Noble Sissle
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One of the worst films I have seen!
22 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

Just because an event really happened doesn't mean that it will make a good screenplay/ movie. The Cat's Meow, by Peter Bogdanovich claims to be based on actual events which happened on a cruise hosted by William Randolph Hurst. The writer paid more attention to creating a bizarre cast of characters than taking time to create a story for the bizarre characters to inhabit. The key moments of the story seem implausible; for example, when Hurst accidentally shoots the producer, believing him to be Chaplin. Basing a key element of a story on someone wearing the wrong hat is trite and contrived. The story attempts to be a dark comedy, but The Cat's Meow misses an important piece of this equation, comedy. There is also a lack of empathy for any of the characters. It hardly matters who is shot, who is killed, who is guilty and who is innocent. There is not a strong character to cheer for. As a result the conflicts are difficult to care about and the eventual outcome is incidental.


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