“No Sicilian can refuse a request on his daughter’s wedding day.” At the start of the film, during his daughter Connie‘s wedding, Don Vito Corleone sits in the semi-darkness of his study, listening to the pleas of Amerigo Bonasera, and absent-mindedly fondling the cat in his lap.
The cat wasn’t in the screenplay; it was a stray found on the Paramount lot by Marlon Brando. Like Vincent Price, Brando appeared totally at ease with a cat in his lap. And this cat, at least, seemed to like him. A lot. Its purring was reportedly so loud some of the actor’s dialogue had to be looped.
This is such an iconic scene that you can even buy a collectible of Don Corleone – complete with cat! (thank you for the tip-off, Meneer Westhoff, whose delightful video TAP CAT can be seen here)
- Great Character: Michael Corleone (“The Godfather”) (gointothestory.blcklst.com)
- Cat of the Day 003 (catsonfilm.wordpress.com)
- A Severed Horse Head Pillow Case, Inspired by The Godfather (laughingsquid.com)