Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Monday Movie Meme

This week's focus is cameos.

Some cameo appearances I can think of off the top:

  • Rex Reed in Superman
  • Cab Calloway in The Blues Brothers
  • M. Night Shyamalan in The Sixth Sense
  • Paul Shaffer in Scrooged
  • Milton Berle, Mel Brooks, James Coburn, Dom DeLuise, Elliott Gould, Madeline Kahn, Carol Kane, Cloris Leachman,  Steve Martin, Richard Pryor, Telly Savalas, Orson Welles and Paul Williams in The Muppet Movie
  • Alfred Hitchcock in  Family Plot, Frenzy, Topaz, Torn Curtain, Marnie, The Birds, Psycho, North by Northwest, Vertigo, The Man Who Knew Too Much, The Trouble with Harry, To Catch a Thief, Rear Window, I Confess, Strangers on a Train, Stage Fright, Under Capricorn, Rope, The Paradine Case, Notorious, Spellbound, Shadow of a Doubt, Saboteur, Suspicion, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Foreign Correspondent, Rebecca, The Lady Vanishes, Young and Innocent, The 39 Steps, Murder!, Blackmail, Easy Virtue and The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog

Honorable mentions: Alan Ladd, Barbara Stanwyck, Ray Milland, Ava Gardner, Burt Lancaster,  Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Veronica Lake, Bette Davis, Lana Turner, Edward Arnold, Kirk Douglas, Fred MacMurray, James Cagney, Joan Crawford, Charles Laughton, Vincent Price, William Conrad, Charles McGraw, Jeff Corey, John Miljan, Brian Donlevy, Norma Varden and Edmond O'Brien in Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid

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  1. That's quite a list. I almost put Rex Reed on mine, and thought about The Muppet Movie. Not completely sure I'd class Cab Calloway's part in The Blues Brothers as a cameo, just because he's in it so much, but some great choices nonetheless (I'm going to have to keep an eye out for M Night, the next time they show The Sixth Sense).

  2. I too thought of the Muppet Movie but didn't list it giving preference to the others on our list. Another one that is loaded is "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World." Maybe those are more like ensemble cameos?

  3. A few other loaded ones are the 1956 version of "Around The World In Eighty Days" and more interestingly perhaps "The List Of Adrian Messenger" where all the stars are in disguise and they peel off their disguises revealing who they are during the closing credits.

  4. Eerie, I must check out "The List of Adrian Messenger." I haven't heard of that movie.

    Way back in the early days of movies, there was a version of Alice in Wonderland where the costumes were so involved, no one recognized the stars. I think W.C. Fields was in it. They had to show the star with and without makeup.