Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the “Godfather” movie which premiered on March 24, 1972.
The cat held by Marlon Brando in the opening scene of the Godfather was a stray. Director, Francis Ford Coppola found her while on the lot at Paramount. The cat was not originally called for in the script.
Mr. Coppola thought the innocent cat would help show the softer side of the character, Vito Corleone, even though he strokes the cat while deciding who should live or die.
While being stroked, the cat purred so loudly that it muffled some of Mr. Brando’s dialogue. As a result, most of his lines had to be edited and looped.
Happy Anniversary to the Godfather Movie and the stray kitty who became famous!