Character Names in Black and White Movies
Are you looking for some ideas to name your furry female feline?
Well, you have come to the right place. If you are a fan of classic films and cats, then mix the two together in harmony. In this article, we will highlight some funny cat names inspired by black and white movies.
Let’s go over the movie list and discuss the name ideas from each film.
Humphrey Bogart’s famous line, “Here’s looking at you, kid” originated from the classic romantic drama of Casablanca. The film starred Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henreid. Even though there were no famous cats on the set, this is still one of the best movies from the black and white era. If you think your cat is just as legendary as the film, why not name her Casablanca too?
2. All About Eve
Although not as famous as Casablanca, the film All About Eve is another black and white classic that had a lot of star power. Actresses Bette Davis, Ann Baxter, and Celeste Holm all had starring roles in the film. Since Bette Davis was like the Scarlett Johanson of her time, you may want to name your kitten after one of the best actresses on the silver screen. Then again, you could take the title as inspiration and simply name her “Eve” instead.
3. To Kill a Mockingbird
If you like novel adaptations, To Kill a Mockingbird is another classic. The film stars Gregory Peck and Mary Badham. It also featured Robert Duvall in one of his very first roles. Deservingly, the movie won three Academy Awards, including Best Picture in 1962. Taking a character name from the film, you could call your cat “Scout.” Instead, you could be cheeky and mockingly name your kitten “Bird.”
4. Dr. Strangelove
Stanley Kubric fans should love this one. This black comedy from 1964 was the ultimate satire of the Cold War conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union. The majority of the cast consisted of male actors; however, Tracy Reed did have a few scenes as the Miss Scott character. Does your cat have explosive tendencies? Then, why not name her Dr. Strangelove?
Alfred Hitchcock directed this psychological thriller in 1960. Psycho was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actress. Vera Miles played the role of Marion Crane who visited the mysterious hotel in the story. Most people will remember her screaming scene in the bathroom and the actor who played duo-roles of Norman Bates and Mrs. Bates. So there are a few characters to choose from here, but how about going with the title? Well, it’s not exactly “cute” but naming her "Psycho" may be suitable— especially if she likes crawling the walls.
Are there any vampire lovers out there? Nosferatu was a classic black and white movie produced in 1922 starring Greta Schoder, Gustav von Wangenheim, and Max Schreck as Count Orlok. The film was also reproduced in 1979 with the title Nosferatu the Vampyre. Again, there are a few names to choose from with this film. Maybe you could create something inspired by the movie title too. How about Nos-fur-ette?
7. A Streetcar Named Desire
Vivien Leigh and Marlon Brando starred in this American drama in 1951. The film was originally a play that was adapted for the big screen. A Streetcar Named Desire launched Brando’s career and he went on to become one of Hollywood’s best actors for decades to come. As for the characters’ names, there was Blanche DuBois, Stella, and other minor roles. Perhaps if your cat is white, then you could name her “Blanche.”
8. The Apartment
This film was remade in 1996, but the original black and white romantic comedy was produced in 1960. It had an all-star cast back in the day starring Jack Lemmon as the lead male role. The leading actress, Shirley MacLaine, played a woman named Fran Kubelik. We’re not sure if you want to jump at either of those names, but there are other characters worth considering. For instance, you could choose “Hope” Holiday who played “Margie” MacDougall.
Woody Allen directed and starred in the black and white movie Manhattan in 1979. Although most of the actresses and their characters have some pretty generic names, it is such an outstanding cast that we just had to add the movie to the list. For female roles, the film starred Diane Keaton, Mariel Hemmingway, Meryl Streep, and Anne Byrne. Have you thought of naming your cat Meryl Streep? Maybe she’ll purr her way to the red kitty carpet someday.
10. The Artist
For the final film, we chose a 2011 French film called The Artist. It is a dramatic comedy produced in black and white. If you scroll through the cast of characters, there are numerous names to choose from. Here are a few of the best: Bérénice Bejo as Peppy Miller, Missi Pyle as Constance, Penelope Ann Miller as Doris Valentin, and Bitsie Tulloch as Norma. How is that for an exotic collection of foreign names to choose from for your cat?
BONUS: Goodbye, Mr. Chips
Before signing off, let’s add one more classic black and white movie for the final idea. Since not many of the actresses’ names in the film Goodbye, Mr. Chips sound like cat names, let’s go with an adaptation of the movie title itself.
Your cat will likely be the only kitty on the block named Mrs. Chips!
Other Cute Cat Names for Girls
Can you think of any other great names from black and white movies?
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