Film and Television In-Jokes
Nearly 2,000 Intentional References, Parodies, Allusions, Personal Touches, Cameos, Spoofs and Homages
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)
Bill van Heerden
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2008 
Table of Contents
I. In-Jokes in Films 3
II. In-Jokes in Television 153
III. In-Jokes in Music Videos 253
Appendix: Alan Smithee Credits 259
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.