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Heavenly Puss is a 1949 Tom and Jerry cartoon directed by Hanna-Barbera.

After getting squashed by a piano while chasing Jerry, Tom finds himself ascending to Heaven. Unfortunately, due to his record of tormenting Jerry his entire life, the Gatekeepr can't let him pass. With only an hour before the Heavenly Express leaves, Tom must get Jerry's signature on a Certificate of Forgiveness in order to get access, otherwise he'll be condemned to eternal torment at the paws of a devilish dog.

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  • Afterlife Express: Tom has to ride the Heavenly Express to Cat Heaven, but they won't let him board until he makes up with Jerry, and he only has an hour before it leaves.
  • All for Nothing: Despite Tom's efforts, he doesn't get Jerry to sign the Certificate of Forgiveness in time and ends up getting banished to Fire and Brimstone Hell. Fortunately for Tom, it's...
  • All Just a Dream: Tom is not really dead, he was just asleep and dreamt the whole thing.
  • Aside Glance:
    • After the escalator disappears while Tom tries to race up it and a fiery pit opens up under him, Tom is in midair for a moment before finally waving bye-bye and falling into the pit.
    • At the end, a relieved Tom embraces Jerry and kisses him. Jerry looks at the camera and gives the audience a shrug for the Iris Out.
  • Barred from the Afterlife: The plot is triggered due to Tom's record of tormenting Jerry preventing him from boarding the Heavenly Express.
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  • Big Red Devil: The Devil is basically Spike colored red and given horns and a pitchfork.
  • Cat Concerto: One of the recently deceased cats boarding the Heavenly Express was struck with a flatiron while doing this, leaving him with a large lump under his tophat.
  • Cassandra Truth: Tom attempts to pantomime his situation to Jerry to get him to sign the certificate, complete with angel fluttering and devil horns. Jerry naturally gives a rather unconvinced look, though eventually submits after Tom begs persistently.
  • Celestial Bureaucracy: The entrance to Cat Heaven is depicted as a train station gate, where recently deceased cats wait in line to board the Heavenly Express.
  • Drowning Unwanted Pets: There's a shot where a soggy bag begins bouncing and Fluff, Muff, and Puff (who would later appear in Triplet Trouble) emerged from the bag. That's one kids wouldn't figure out.
    Gatekeeper: "What some people won't do."
  • Eye Pop: Tom's eyes get huge as he's shown a glimpse of Hell.
  • Food as Bribe: Tom offered Jerry a huge wedge of cheese in exchange for signing the certificate. Jerry takes offense and rips up the certificate.
  • Forged Message: At one point, Tom tries to cheat by forging Jerry's signature on the certificate. Unfortunately, he gets caught by the Gatekeeper before he could sign it.
    Gatekeeper: Thomas, uh, uh, uh, uh.
  • Instant Bandages: One of the cats in line for the Heavenly Express was bandaged up due to losing a fight with a bulldog. As he passes the gate, the dog's teeth are still biting his tail.
  • Judgement of the Dead: The Gatekeeper won't let Tom into the Heavenly Express until he gets Jerry to sign a Certificate of Forgiveness. Otherwise, he's sent to Fire and Brimstone Hell, where a Bully Bulldog Devil is waiting for him.
  • Piano Drop: Tom is pulling on a stair rug to try to catch Jerry. He ends up pulling an upright piano down the stairs, which flattens him against the wall.
  • Race Against Time: Tom has to get Jerry to sign the Certificate of Forgiveness before the Heavenly Express leaves in an hour in order to get into Heaven. Unfortunately, he runs out of time.
  • Rejected Apology: As Tom offers Jerry the Certificate of Forgiveness to sign, Jerry is naturally skeptical, and when Tom keeps insisting, he gets insulted and tears the certificate to pieces. Tom tapes it together, explains the situation to him and finally gets Jerry to sign, but it's a little too late...
  • Squashed Flat:
    • The piano smashes Tom against the wall, leaving him flattened on the back of the piano. He drifts down to the floor and pops back into shape.
    • One of the cats waiting in line for the Heavenly Express was run over by a steamroller. As he walks past the camera, he's revealed to have been left wafer thin.
  • Stairway to Heaven: Or in this case, an escalator to Heaven.
  • Stewed Alive: Tom's fate if he doesn't atone to Jerry is Fire and Brimstone Hell, where Spike as a Big Red Devil has a cauldron ready to put him into.
  • That Was Not a Dream: When Tom initially wakes up after his accident and finds himself home, he's relieved to think going to Heaven was just a dream...until he sees the Certificate of Forgiveness in his hand. Subverted in the end when it's shown the whole thing was dream.
  • You Are Too Late: Tom manages to get Jerry to sign the Certificate of Forgiveness, but by then the hour was up, the Heavenly Express was pulling out, and when Tom tried to race up the escalator, it disappeared and a pit to Fire and Brimstone Hell opened up in its place.
 
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What some people won't do

The Gatekeeper of Heavenly Express allows access to three young kitten who were thrown into a river and drowned, while lamenting their tragic fate.

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