The Cat's MeowClosed Captioning
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From acclaimed director Peter Bogdanovich comes an extraordinary look at a fateful excursion aboard W. R. 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. As Hearst and his lover, actress Marion Davies, set sail from San Pedro Harbor early one Saturday morning, hosting a small group that includes the brilliant but self-absorbed Charlie Chaplin, film pioneer Thomas Ince, ambitious gossip columnist Louella Parsons and the eccentric British Victorian novelist Elinor Glyn, it quickly becomes clear that although witty repartee is the order of the day, deceit and deception are also on the menu.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 124
- Fresh: 93
- Rotten: 31
- Average Rating: 6.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: The '20s-set pic is given considerable bounce by a splendid cast, led by Kirsten Dunst in an eye-opening perf as Marion Davies.
Rotten: As the story progresses, the tension dissipates, probably because once Bogdanovich has set his wheels in motion, he just lets them spin.
Fresh: Bogdanovich takes a tale of old Hollywood and infuses it with velocity and enthusiasm.
Fresh: It's pretty linear and only makeup-deep, but Bogdanovich ties it together with efficiency and an affection for the period.
Wonderful 1920's Film
The story of the death of Tomas Ince on board the yacht of movie mogul W. R. Hearst is brilliantly portrayed in this tv movie. The costumes and makeup are perfect. Marion Davies, the mistress in the midst of a love triangle with Hearst and Charlie Chaplin, is flawlessly portrayed by the adorable Kirsten Dunst. The music and the setting is frivolous and Gatsby-esque. The whole thing is perfect from start to finish.