What’s In A Name?

Mrs. Publicist: Fifteenth of the month, when Peter Abrahams aka Spencer Quinn discusses a character name from one of his books, often a Chet and Bernie. What’ll it be today?

Pete: How about Brando?

Mrs. P: The cat belonging to Thad Perry, the troubled and troublesome movie star in A Fistful of Collars, one of my favorite C&B’s?

Pete: Exactly.

Mrs. P: Described initially by Chet as follows: “Yes, a cat. Not particularly little, by the way, in fact, kind of monstrous.”

Pete: That’s the one. In terms of plot, Thad Perry turning out to be a cat person is a big red flag, certainly in Chet’s eyes. But the name itself says Hollywood, entitlement, self-satisfaction. Plus there was a feline aspect to Marlon Brando – I’d go so far as to say feminine, but let’s omit that – and that fit nicely. Of course Marlon Brando was one of those movie stars who was actually an artist, and Thad Perry turns out – maybe surprisingly – to be that type, too. So there you have it.

Mrs. P.: I can think of other feline-type movie stars, but are there any canine ones?

Pete: Steve Buscemi.

Mrs. P: Thanks, Pete. Maybe our readers can come up with some more. See you next month for more of What’s In A Name.


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14 Responses to “What’s In A Name?”

  1. Wose-The Small and Meek
    9:39 am on January 15th, 2019


    I always enjoy reading “What’s In a Name.” :^)

    The Tappan Zee Bridge is due to be demolished at about 10:15 this morning.

    Create a good day!

  2. Herd of Hounds
    9:45 am on January 15th, 2019

    Good morning Wose and everyone. Yes, Brando was a great name.
    Will the bridge demo have an audience?
    Good Tuesday to all.

  3. Herd of Hounds
    10:56 am on January 15th, 2019

    Wose, we watched the live feed of “your” bridge demolition. A really big boom! Thanks for sharing the information.

  4. Wose-The Small and Meek
    11:35 am on January 15th, 2019

    HOH: The bridge demo did indeed have quite an audience on both the Westchester and Rockland County sides. The demo was originally scheduled for last Saturday, but postponed due to high winds. Many restaurants lost a lot of business due to the “watch” parties that were scheduled. Watching on TV, (like me!) was a lot better, since it is very cold here in NY. The section that was demoed today was the eastern span that goes into Westchester. The western span that goes into Rockland is scheduled for demo sometime this year, but will be taken down by workmen. I feel bad for the folks who got held up in traffic on both sides of the bridge, and for the folks who travel by Metro North Railroad. I think service had to be delayed as the Hudson line goes underneath a section of the bridge as it travels into and out of Tarrytown.


  5. B.Stover
    12:47 pm on January 15th, 2019


    Good afternoon all.

  6. Wookie's and Teddy's Paw
    12:48 pm on January 15th, 2019

    Belated condolences on the news regarding Jay. LouLou, thanks for keeping us informed and hopefully he is at peace. It sounds as though TYB will be in good hands as well.

    Regarding the name change posting, I do shutter at the thought of a dog names Buscemi, although I do see OFA’s point.

  7. Hobbitz
    1:28 pm on January 15th, 2019

    Interesting challenge from OFA. I’ll have to give it some thought.

    I may have not had any sleep last night. I went to bed and had to get up early to help drive cats 1 hour to a spay-neuter Clinic. I could not get to sleep and every hour or two would glance at the clock. Usually insomnia only lasts a couple of hours. I don’t think I will be very productive today. Darn.

  8. Wose-The Small and Meek
    3:00 pm on January 15th, 2019

    How about this for a canine-type movie star…Laughton, after actor and director Charles Laughton. He kind of looks like a bulldog…


  9. Loulou
    4:59 pm on January 15th, 2019

    Good ol’ Amazon. My home page says I have been a customer since 1997, shortly after they opened.

    I ordered 24 cans of fussy Beanie’s favorite food, but I was sent the wrong food. Amazon said don’t return them, give them to a shelter, and they would refund my money. I did and it was great!

  10. Hobbitz
    8:54 pm on January 15th, 2019

    LouLou: I drive a 97-year old once a week and she was down to her last two cans of cat food. I had some in the car (I always carry some cat and dog food in case it is needed) and I said I’d give her some. However, her cat eats a certain brand that costs 99 cents per can and she eats 3 a day. The elderly woman said that she wished her cat wasn’t so picky and I might of mentioned something about tough love. I should talk….sometimes I have multiple flavors in dishes trying to get the cats to eat.

    Sadie’s food problem is that she eats everything and always acts like I haven’t fed her.

  11. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:18 pm on January 15th, 2019

    Sadie!…She’s my kind of gal!…snort!…Picky-eating Kats should be gone…grunt!

  12. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:20 pm on January 15th, 2019

    LuLu!…I think a company worth at least 1.6 mil can affort a case of lousy Kat-food…grunt!

  13. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:22 pm on January 15th, 2019

    Canine!…Star!…It’s Me! Rio!…snort!grunt!…R-I-O!…ME!

  14. Ole Doc
    10:42 pm on January 15th, 2019

    The Giant and my Lady believe in tough love. They never believe me when I tell them I haven’t eaten.

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