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From the outset, the writers of Mad Men have taken full advantage of the rich cultural references of the '60s -- the celebrities, the historical events, even the movies. How appropriate that a show often praised for its cinematic appeal should so often nod to the big screen. Below are some of the movies name-checked in Season 3. Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments section below.
The Lost Weekend in Episode 1, "Out of Town"
Don and Sal flip through a magazine on their way to meet with London Fog in Baltimore when they spot an ad for Fleischmann's whiskey. Don's comment to Sal? "That's not a bottle, that's his date." He's referencing the 1945 Billy Wilder classic starring Ray Milland as an alcoholic writer (named Don!) on a ferocious bender.
Bye Bye Birdie in Episode 2, "Love Among the Ruins"
The creative team gathers to watch Ann-Margret bill and coo the title number from Bye Bye Birdie. The Patio executives want the entire thing recreated to help them sell diet cola, although that idea doesn't work as well as they'd like. Both Peggy and Sal take their turns mimicking Ann-Margret's moves: Peggy in front of her mirror; Sal in front of Kitty.
Metropolis in Episode 2, "Love Among the Ruins"
As Sterling Cooper prepare to work on the Madison Square Garden account, Pete references Fritz Lang's 1927 scifi silent to describe the drawings of the new venue. The movie features highly stylized rendering of a futuristic mega-city in which owners and workers are pitted against each other.
A Midsummer Night's Dream in Episode 3, "My Old Kentucky Home"
Seeking refuge during the Sterlings' Kentucky Derby Party, Don locates a bar and ends up mixing drinks for himself and Connie, another club guest. Connie mentions the 1935 movie, which starred Mickey Rooney as Puck, but muddles the name, calling it "Midsummer's Dream."
Bridge on the River Kwai in Episode 5, "The Fog"
Attempting to trim spending, Lane Pryce announces, "Pennies make pounds. And pounds make profits!" Don's response? "Think of the men's morale, not just your own." Lane points out the tip's reference to the 1957 drama Bridge on the River Kwai, to which Don remarks, "I've seen everything. You have my ticket stubs."
The Misfits and Casablanca in Episode 11, "The Gypsy and the Hobo"
The release of The Misfits, a Clark Gable-Marilyn Monroe flick in which horses are slaughtered for dog meat, has tainted sales of Caldecott Farms' dog food. Annabelle Mathis, Caldecott's owner, comes to Sterling Cooper in the hopes of salvaging her brand ... and winning Roger (her lost love) back. Out to dinner with Roger, she asks, "You're trying to tell me when you saw Casablanca, you didn't think about me?" Roger replies in his usual deadpan, "You mean Peter Lorre?"
Singin' in the Rain in Episode 12, "The Grown Ups"
Distraught over the assassination of the president, Betty meets up with Henry Francis, who offers to leave the campaign and marry her. Looking to console her, Henry says he wishes he could take her to see her favorite movie. Betty says it's Singin' in the Rain (the 1952 Gene Kelly musical that features a man named Don who's attached to one woman, but in love with another).