Don Draper likes movies. (He said so himself!) So does Mad Men, for that matter, which sprinkles references to movies throughout its scripts. Season 2 is no exception. Check out the full list of the season’s cinematic mentions below. Remember an allusion not included here? Leave a note in the comments section.
Gone with the Wind in Episode 1, “For Those Who Think Young“
When Sally wants to go horseback riding with her mother, Betty invokes the doomed daughter of Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler: “It’s too dangerous… Do you remember what happened to the little girl in Gone with the Wind?”
BUtterfield 8 in Episode 1, “For Those Who Think Young“
Betty gossips about a Valentine’s Day encounter her former-roommate-turned-call-girl, Juanita. An intrigued Francine name-checks BUtterfield 8, the 1960 pic with Elizabeth Taylor as a tragic call girl, before adding, “I wonder what that’s like.”
Gentleman’s Agreement in Episode 3, “The Benefactor” and The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit in Episode 9, “Six Month Leave“
Jimmy Barrett can’t stop comparing Don to Gregory Peck. In “The Benefactor,” Jimmy tells Don at dinner, “I loved you in Gentleman’s Agreement.” When the two meet again in “Six Month Leave,” Jimmy quips, “If it isn’t The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit.”
A Place in the Sun in Episode 3, “The Benefactor“
Sarah Beth tells Betty that their mutual acquaintance Arthur Case reminds her of Montgomery Clift in A Place in the Sun. Remembering the plot, Betty jokes, “Somewhere there’s a pregnant girl floating in a lake.”
Cape Fear in Episode 5, “The New Girl“
After learning that Trudy has fertility problems, Pete attempts to soothe her by remarking that it would be hard to travel and go to the movies with a baby. Trudy’s reply? “Stop talking about how you’re going to miss seeing Cape Fear for the third time!”
Spartacus and La Notte in Episode 5, “The New Girl“
Right before the car crash that ends their beach excursion, Don tells Bobbie Barrett that he’s a cinephile. Bobbie gushes over Spartacus then says, “You seen the foreign ones? So sexy.” Don answers, “La Notte,” an art house hit with Marcello Mastroianni and Jeanne Moreau.
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance in Episode 6, “Maidenform“
Pete and Trudy see The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance over Memorial Day weekend. Pete gives a recap with a spoiler, which prompts Peggy to reply, “It’s ok.You saved me fifty cents.”