Film and Television In-Jokes

Nearly 2,000 Intentional References, Parodies, Allusions, Personal Touches, Cameos, Spoofs and Homages

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About the Book

In Only the Lonely (1991), Ally Sheedy appeases prospective mother-in-law Maureen O’Hara by going along to see the 1939 film How Green Was My Valley—starring Maureen O’Hara. Richard LaGravenese, slighted by critic Gene Siskel over his screenplay for The Fisher King (1991) wrote an unsavory character named Siskel into The Ref (1994).
Movies and television shows often feature inside jokes. Sometimes there are characters named after crew members. Directors are often featured in cameo appearances—Alfred Hitchcock’s silhouette can be seen in Family Plot (1976), for example. This work catalogs such occurrences. Each entry includes the title of the film or show, year of release, and a full description of the in-joke.

About the Author(s)

Jacobus Willem Schalk “Bill” van Heerden writes “So You Think You Know Everything About Sports,” for The Sports Pages. He lives in Toronto.

Bibliographic Details

Bill van Heerden
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 318
Bibliographic Info: bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2008 [1998]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3894-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1206-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      ix

Introduction      1

I. In-Jokes in Films      3

II. In-Jokes in Television      153

III. In-Jokes in Music Videos      253

Appendix: Alan Smithee Credits      259

Bibliography      265

Index      267

Book Reviews & Awards

“packed with wonderful anecdotes and insider information from everyone’s favorite movies and television shows…a treasure…interesting”—ARBA; “fact-packed…fascinating”—Burlington County Times.