Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Casey Kasem Memorial Week: The Cattanooga Cats are Autograph Hounded (1969)

Back in the day, it wasn't quite so common to learn about obsessed fans in the media.

However, the writers of Cattanooga Cats thought it best to give the band one as a nemesis. Meet Jessie, president of the band's fan club, who won't stop until she gets the band to sign their autographs in her book, but the methods she uses are tame compared to today's mentally challenged stalkers.

Scope out "Autograph Hounded":

Notice how Groovy (Casey Kasem) always speaks in rhyme? He was a poet, and wasn't afraid to show it.

Rating: B.


magicdog said...

Groovy - true to his name, was meant to be the coolest cat of the bunch. The complete opposite of the rest of the country cats. Maybe it's his penchant for rhyme made him a better songwriter!

As for Jessie, she annoyed the crap out of me! Her schtick got old fast! It might have been funny for one short, but no more.

It seems worse since the dangerous run ins with stalkers (celebs and otherwise) are more common now and their effects on their targets just isn't funny now.
Then again, couldn't the band just give her their autographs and let her go?

hobbyfan said...

Apparently, she annoyed the heck out of them to the point where they just didn't want to give her the time of day.

There were only a small handful of Cats shorts, compared to musical numbers, if you can believe it, so I don't think there was any follow-up.