Classic movie references in classic movies part 1

I love movie references of all kinds. I’ve done movie references in music before, so I thought this time, I might do one about classic movie references IN classic movies. Here are just some of my favorites:

The Philadelphia Story (1940) – In Double Indemnity (1944), Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray) tells Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck) his name is spelt with ‘two FFs, like in Philadelphia, you know, the story’, to which she replies ‘What story?’. ‘The Philadelphia Story’, he says. Always a fangirl moment for me.

Gilda (1946) – In The Big Heat (1953), when Dave Bannion (Glenn Ford) is about the leave the bar, the song Put the Blame on Mame from Gilda is playing in the background. Glenn Ford was, of course, the male lead in Gilda.

The Lost Weekend (1945) – In The Apartment (1960), when Mr Dobisch and Mr Kirkeby are talking about Baxter and Miss Kubelik having a little toot, Mr Kirkeby says ‘Toot? More like a lost weekend!’. Both were written and directed by Billy Wilder.

Archie Leach – You know, Cary Grant’s real name. That everyone mentions as a joke in nearly all of his movies.

The Awful Truth (1937) – In Bringing up Baby (1938), Susan (Katharine Hepburn) refers to David (Cary Grant) as ‘Jerry the nipper’, his nickname in The Awful Truth (1937). David replies ‘She’s making all this up out of motion pictures she’s seen!’

More movie references next weekend!

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2 thoughts on “Classic movie references in classic movies part 1

    1. Yes! Pretty much. I just love these little ‘oh I see what you did there!’ inside jokes. My friend Denise and I recently had an ‘inside joke’ moment while watching a film (going to be featured on next week’s post), and it was awesome.

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