'''''The Cat's Meow''''' is a 2001 drama film directed by Peter Bogdanovich, and starring Creator/KirstenDunst, Creator/EddieIzzard, Edward Herrmann, Cary Elwes, Creator/JoannaLumley and Creator/JenniferTilly. The screenplay by Steven Peros is based on his play of the same title, which was inspired by the mysterious death of [[spoiler:film mogul Thomas H. Ince]].

The film takes place aboard publisher William Randolph Hearst's yacht on a weekend cruise celebrating film mogul's Thomas Ince's 42nd birthday in November 1924. Among those in attendance are Hearst's longtime companion and film actress Marion Davies, fellow actor Creator/CharlieChaplin, writer Elinor Glyn, columnist Louella Parsons and actress Margaret Livingston; the celebration, however, ends in an unusual death, which would go on to become subject of Hollywood folklore.
!!''The Cat's Meow'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* BasedOnATrueStory[=/=]{{Dramatization}}: The movie sticks close to the known facts regarding the death of [[spoiler: Thomas Ince]] but, as no one knows what actually happened on the yacht, those parts are necessarily made up.
* {{Blackmail}}
* CostumePorn: The film makes good use of [[GorgeousPeriodDress popular]] [[NiceHat 1920s]] [[LittleBlackDress fashions]].
* TheFlapper: Didi and Celia.
* HorribleHollywood
* IntrepidReporter: Lolly Parsons.
* MeaningfulFuneral: The film opens with a funeral and builds the mystery surrounding such a strange death.
* MurderByMistake: [[spoiler: Ince puts on Chaplain's hat and sits down to chat with Marion. Hearst shoots Ince in the back of the head, mistaking him for Chaplain.]]
* TheRoaringTwenties: The film takes place during the height of the roaring 1920s.
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: At the end of the movie, Elinor Glyn narrates what became of the principal characters after the events of the film.