In Sweet Smell of Success (1957), J.J and Falco confronts Dallas, who hates Falco's presence:

J.J: Why do you keep coupling me with Falco?

Dallas: Why is he here? Tell me, sir: When he dies, do you think he'll go to the dog-and-cat heaven?

What does "dog-and-cat heaven" mean?

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    It's the same as the people heaven but for cats and dogs. If "he" is a person, then the remark is facetious. Oct 21, 2022 at 18:33
  • Is Dallas comparing Falco has mindset of cats and dogs? Oct 21, 2022 at 18:35
  • Perhaps that is the inference. I haven't read the story, so I don't know the context. Oct 21, 2022 at 18:36
  • Dallas is sarcastically suggesting that JJ believes that Falco will go to the childish fantasy fairytale 'heaven' where pets, which are totally innocent, are imagined to go after they die. Falco is a deeply, utterly, immoral character. Oct 21, 2022 at 19:40

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"Dog heaven" (etc) is something you might say to a child whose pet has died

Don't cry sweetheart, Binky is in dog heaven now.

So this is an insult. Dallas is implying that Falco is childish and not ready to deal with the harsh realities of life.


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