The Cat's Meow

Bogdanovich returns to the territory he knows best with this witty, scurrilous account of a vintage Hollywood murder mystery. What really happened on board media magnate William Randolph Hearst's yacht when has-been producer Thomas Ince ended up dead? The starry dramatis personae - Charlie Chaplin (Izzard, a revelation), novelist Elinor Glyn (Lumley, tolerably subdued), Hollywood gossip columnist Louella Parsons and, of course, Marion Davies (Dunst, very good, as usual) - and a nicely barbed script make for an enjoyably colourful and cynical portrait of Tinseltown in its carelessly corrupt, decadent heyday (rather more innocent than nowadays, one suspects). Featherweight but fun.

Release details

Rated: 12A
Duration: 114 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Peter Bogdanovich
Screenwriter: Steven Peros
Cast: Eddie Izzard
Kirsten Dunst
Joanna Lumley
Edward Herrmann
Cary Elwes
Jennifer Tilly

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2.5 / 5

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E A Dobson

Not bad for Bogdanovich(just don`t expect a return to form in the Paper Moon,Last Picture Show mold),worth a watch but i certainly wouldn`t recommend buying the dvd.Regarding the TO review i personally didn`t find Izzard,a revelation,good but for me the film belonged to Dunst & the always reliable,Herrmann.