Recurring 'inside jokes' in movies

By Brian . Created on Aug 17, 2020
Ah yes, another obscure movie factoid poll from yours truly. Over the years, various films have contained visual or verbal 'inside jokes'. Some are tied to a certain director or series. You probably are not aware of them all, but take your pick, add more if you know them.
Movies and TV 212 votes | 16 Comments
See You Next Wednesday - (John Landis)

See You Next Wednesday - (John Landis)

Alfred Hitchcock - (Brief cameos in his own films)

Alfred Hitchcock - (Brief cameos in his own films)

A113 - (Pixar / Disney films)

A113 - (Pixar / Disney films)

The Wilhelm scream - (First heard in Distant Drums)

The Wilhelm scream - (First heard in Distant Drums)

Ask for Babs - (John Landis / Universal  Pictures)

Ask for Babs - (John Landis / Universal Pictures)

The number 1138 - (George Lucas / Star Wars)

The number 1138 - (George Lucas / Star Wars)

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Cynthia said on Sep 2, 2020
none
The number 1138 - (George Lucas / Star Wars)
Kristen said on Aug 19, 2020
i dont get it
Brian said on Aug 19, 2020
See below for a more detailed explanation, but THX-1138 was one of the earliest films of George Lucas, and the number became a running thing in several of the Star Wars films and TV shows. If you look closely at the symbols on the droids backpack, they look like 1138.
A113 - (Pixar / Disney films)
kermit said on Aug 18, 2020
love pixar.....
Brian said on Aug 18, 2020
I watched Onward a few days back, which never made it to the theaters due to all the virus stuff and is available online places. Liked the idea of fantasy characters living in a modern world.
Alfred Hitchcock - (Brief cameos in his own films)
Kelly said on Aug 18, 2020
I always try to find Alfred Hitchcock in his movies
Brian said on Aug 17, 2020
Time to wrap this up...our next to lowest score the Wilhelm Scream. This is a stock sound effect that has been used in at least 400 films and TV series that was originally recorded in the movie Distant Drums. Below is a video that will give you the sound and some places it was used. While not really an in-joke, some have used it that way, and viewers have leaned to know it. Trust me, whenever you hear this screa...
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A113 - (Pixar / Disney films)
LJP said on Aug 17, 2020
1. Alfred Hitchcock is known for his quick Cameos :)
2. A1138 - Classroom # in California Institute of the Arts. Many animators attended this school. Pixar/Disney is giving a shout-out to their alma mater :)
3. 1138 - THX 1138 was George Lucas’s directorial debut. 1138 is a number that appears in products that are related to George Lucas’ work :)
Brian said on Aug 17, 2020
Yeppers! As for See You Next Wednesday, it oddly enough started with the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, were Frank Poole's father says it during a video call. The joke started with John Landis in his first film 'Schlock', and is typically a reference to a fictional movie, though sometimes spoken, once in German. The photo is a billboard from The Blues Brothers.
Alfred Hitchcock - (Brief cameos in his own films)
pjv5119 said on Aug 17, 2020
I knew only 2. Alfred is well know for his cameos. But Babs is only mentioned once at the end of Animal House.
Brian said on Aug 17, 2020
Babs got started with Animal House and the character Barbara Sue (Babs) Jensen played by Martha Smith. At the end of the film we're told she ended up as a tour guide at Universal Studios. If one watches all the way past the credits, you get the notice above about 'Ask for Babs'. Landis later used it in other films, The Blues Brothers, An American Werewolf in London, Into the Night to name a few. U...
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Brian said on Aug 17, 2020
Mr. Hitchcock has the clear lead, with A113 and 1138 the runner-up, so a note about 1138. That's reference to the George Lucas film THX-1138. In the original Star Wars when Luke and Han are posing as stormtroopers, Luke claims the are transferring Chewie from cell block 1138, which started the joke. Several Star Wars movies and shows have had it since. The photo is from The Phantom Menace, take a look at t...
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A113 - (Pixar / Disney films)
LJP said on Aug 17, 2020
Running gag :)
Brian said on Aug 17, 2020
Sort of like some of those we have around here. Pineapple on that anyone? Lima beans? What is your favorite color or season? Do those masks help?