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The Cat's Meow Director Peter Bogdanovich entertainingly reenacts a historic scandal that unfolded aboard William Randolph Hearst's yacht in 1924. Hearst (Edward ...The Cat's MeowMystery and Thriller, DramaPT112MPG-13 Director Peter Bogdanovich entertainingly reenacts a historic scandal that unfolded aboard William Randolph Hearst's yacht in 1924. Hearst (Edward ...2002-04-26Edward HerrmannEddie IzzardJennifer TillyEdward Herrmann, Eddie Izzard, Jennifer TillyLions Gate Films
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The Cat's Meow

Genre: Mystery and Thriller, Drama; Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Cary Elwes, Edward Herrmann, Eddie Izzard, Jennifer Tilly; Director: Peter Bogdanovich; Author: Steven Peros; Runtime (in minutes): 112; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: Lions Gate Films

Director Peter Bogdanovich entertainingly reenacts a historic scandal that unfolded aboard William Randolph Hearst’s yacht in 1924. Hearst (Edward Herrmann), spying through his ship-floor peepholes, plays host to Marion Davies (Kirsten Dunst), the movie-star mistress who obsessed him, and Charlie Chaplin (Eddie Izzard), the man he suspects she’s having an affair with; also on board are producers, flappers, and Louella Parsons (Jennifer Tilly). Bogdanovich’s staging is lively in a superficial way, yet The Cat’s Meow has a famous-names-on-parade facileness. Herrmann gives a performance of bullyragging power. B+

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