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Explore films and television series referenced throughout Season Three of The Plot Thickens. Below you can view the complete list of films and shows listed alphabetically or sort by year.

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The Affairs of the Annabel (1938, RKO) Directed by Benjamin Stoloff

A movie actress is constantly placed into predicaments by her press agent.

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Annabel Takes a Tour (1938, RKO) Directed by Lew Landers

A movie star on a publicity tour continues to get into trouble because of her press agent.

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Beauty for the Asking (1939, RKO) Directed by Glenn Tryon

A cosmetician invents a face cream and starts a prosperous beauty business bankrolled by her former fiancé’s new wife.

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Best Foot Forward (1943, MGM) Directed by Edward Buzzell

A military school cadet invites a movie star to the prom.

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The Big Street (1942, RKO) Directed by Irving Reis

A busboy loves and cares for an ungrateful paralyzed nightclub performer.

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Critic’s Choice (1963, Warner Bros.) Directed by Don Weis

A theater critic insists on reviewing a play written by his wife.

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Dance, Girl, Dance (1940, RKO) Directed by Dorothy Arzner

Two dancers – one a talented ballerina and the other a showgirl who possesses much desired “oomph” – bond and clash in the world of burlesque.

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The Dark Corner (1946, 20th Century-Fox) Directed by Henry Hathaway

A private eye’s secretary helps him when he is framed for murder.

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Du Barry Was a Lady (1943, MGM) Directed by Roy Del Ruth

A newly rich nightclub hatcheck attendant dreams he is Louis XV and the woman he loves is Madame Du Barry.

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Easy Living (1949, RKO) Directed by Jacques Tourneur

An aging football star risks his health when his greedy wife won’t let him retire.

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Easy to Wed (1946, MGM) Directed by Edward Buzzell

A newspaperman enlists his fiancée and a charming former employee to entrap an heiress who is suing his paper for libel.

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The Facts of Life (1960, United Artists) Directed by Melvin Frank, Norman Panama

Thrown together without their spouses on vacation, longtime neighbors fall in love and attempt to continue their newfound relationship when they return home.

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Fancy Pants (1950, Paramount) Directed by George Marshall

An actor posing as a butler takes a job working for a nouveau riche family in 1905 New Mexico.

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Five Came Back (1939, RKO) Directed by John Farrow

After their plane crashes, eleven people are stranded in a South American jungle, but only five can return to civilization safely.

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Follow the Fleet (1936, RKO) Directed by Mark Sandrich

A pair of sailors on shore leave romance two sisters.

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Forever, Darling (1956, MGM) Directed by Alexander Hall

A woman in a troubled marriage receives help from her guardian angel.

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The Fuller Brush Girl (1950, Columbia) Directed by Lloyd Bacon

A fired switchboard operator tries her hand at selling cosmetics door-to-door and winds up the lead suspect in a murder investigation.

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A Girl, a Guy, and a Gob (1941, RKO) Directed by Richard Wallace

A stuffy boss tries to steal his secretary from her sailor boyfriend.

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Go Chase Yourself (1938, RKO) Directed by Edward F. Cline

An inept bank teller is inadvertently kidnapped by robbers and is pursued by the police, who wrongly think he committed the crime, and his wife.

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Having Wonderful Time (1938, RKO) Directed by Alfred Santell

A New York girl finds love at a summer resort.

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Her Husband’s Affairs (1947, Columbia Pictures) Directed by S. Sylvan Simon

An ad man fights off his wife’s attempts to help him market an embalming fluid that doubles as a hair remover.

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I Dream Too Much (1935, RKO) Directed by John Cromwell

A struggling composer is troubled when the music business is more interested in his new wife’s singing abilities than his compositions.

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Kid Millions (1934, Samuel Goldwyn) Directed by Roy Del Ruth, Willy Pogany

The heir to an $77 million fortune runs into trouble when he goes to Egypt to collect his inheritance.

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The Long, Long Trailer (1954, MGM) Directed by Vincente Minnelli

Honeymooners travel the country in a 40-foot trailer.

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Look Who’s Laughing (1941, RKO) Directed by Allan Dwan

A radio star plans to build an airplane plant in a sleepy small town.

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Lured (1947, United Artists) Directed by Douglas Sirk

An American taxi dancer in London works with Scotland Yard to capture a serial killer who meets his victims through the newspaper personal column.

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The Magic Carpet (1951, Columbia) Directed by Lew Landers

The son of a murdered Middle Eastern caliph avenges his father’s death.

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Mame (1974, Warner Bros.) Directed by Gene Saks

A free spirit becomes the guardian of her orphaned nephew and teaches him how to live life to the fullest.

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The Marines Fly High (1940, RKO) Directed by George Nicholls, Jr., Ben Stoloff

In 1940, the Central American cocoa plantation owned by American Joan Grant needs protection from bandits led by El Vengador.

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Meet the People (1944, MGM) Directed by Charles Reisner

A fading stage star tries to revive her career by taking a job in a shipyard.

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Miss Grant Takes Richmond (1949, Columbia) Directed by Lloyd Bacon

A secretary for a real estate agency does not realize that her office is the front for a bookie operation.

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Next Time I Marry (1938, RKO) Directed by Garson Kanin

An heiress with a foreign fiancé marries a common American so she can gain her inheritance.

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Panama Lady (1939, RKO) Directed by Jack Hively

Stranded in Panama, a cabaret dancer takes a job working for a hard-drinking oilman after she attempts to rob him.

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Roberta (1935, RKO) Directed by William A. Seiter

An American former football player inherits a Parisian fashion house and receives help from the shop’s designer, a bandleader, and a phony countess.

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Roman Scandals (1933, Samuel Goldwyn) Directed by Frank Tuttle

A small-town delivery man fantasizes about life in Ancient Rome.

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Room Service (1938, RKO) Directed by William A. Seiter

A team of theatrical producers attempt to mount a play while avoiding eviction from their hotel.

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Seven Days Leave (1942, RKO) Directed by Tim Whelan

A serviceman has one week to wed an heiress and inherit $100,000.

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Sorrowful Jones (1949, Paramount) Directed by Sidney Lanfield

A bookie cares for a little girl left as a marker after her father does not return.

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Stage Door (1937, RKO) Directed by Gregory La Cava

Young actresses try for success while living at a theatrical boardinghouse.

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That’s Right—You’re Wrong (1939, RKO) Directed by David Butler

A band leader has to overcome a film studio head’s hatred to make it on the big screen.

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Too Many Girls (1940, RKO) Directed by George Abbott

An irresponsible heiress attends a small New Mexico college with four football stars as her bodyguards.

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Top Hat (1935, RKO) Directed by Mark Sandrich

A model on holiday in Europe thinks the man pursuing her is her friend’s husband.

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Twelve Crowded Hours (1939, RKO) Directed by Lew Landers

An investigative reporter sets out to clear his girlfriend’s brother who has been accused of murder.

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Two Smart People (1946, MGM) Directed by Jules Dassin

In New Orleans, lady crook tries to steal a con man’s hidden loot.

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Valley of the Sun (1942, RKO) Directed by George Marshall

A government spy goes after a crooked Indian agent in Arizona.

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Without Love (1945, MGM) Directed by Harold S. Bucquet

A World War II housing shortage inspires a widow to propose a marriage of convenience with an inventor.

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You Can’t Fool Your Wife (1940, RKO) Directed by Ray McCarey

A neglected housewife turns herself into a glamour girl to win her husband back.

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Yours, Mine and Ours (1968, United Artists) Directed by Melville Shavelson

A widow with eight children marries a widower with ten of his own.

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Ziegfeld Follies (1946, MGM) Directed by Vincente Minnelli

Legendary showman Flo Ziegfeld imagines the kind of Follies he could produce with MGM’s musical stars.

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I Love Lucy (1951-1957, Desilu)

The wife of an orchestra leader dreams of stardom.

The Lucille Ball – Desi Arnaz Show (1957-1960, Desilu)

Lucy Ricardo continues to get into predicaments at home and abroad.

The Untouchables
The Untouchables (1959-1963, Desilu)

Federal agent Elliot Ness and his team enforce the law in Prohibition era Chicago.

The Lucy Show (1962-1968, Desilu)

Widow Lucy Carmichael shares a house with her divorced best friend and their children. Later, she moves to Los Angeles and works as a bank secretary.

Star Trek
Star Trek (1966-1969, Desilu)

In 23rd Century space, the starship Enterprise boldly goes where no man has gone before.

Mission: Impossible
Mission: Impossible (1966-1973, Desilu)

The Impossible Mission Force engage in espionage work throughout the world.

Here’s Lucy (1968-1974, Lucille Ball Productions)

Widow Lucy Carter raises two children while working for her brother-in-law’s employment agency.

Happy Anniversary and Goodbye (1974, Lucille Ball Productions) Directed by Jack Donohue

Shortly before their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary, a couple decides to divorce and set out to improve themselves.

What Now, Catherine Curtis? (1976, Lucille Ball Productions) Directed by Charles Walters

Newly divorced after twenty-three years of marriage, a middle-aged woman attempts to start a new life on her own.

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A Lucille Ball Special: Lucy Calls the President (1977, Lucille Ball Productions) Directed by Marc Daniels

An Indiana housewife calls President Jimmy Carter about a local civic matter, which he agrees to come to her home to discuss. Naturally, all her family and friends want to meet the president.

Stone Pillow (1985, Schaefer/Karpf Productions/Gaylord Productions) Directed by George Schaefer

An elderly homeless woman thinks a naive social worker is also living on the streets and teaches the young woman how to survive.

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Life with Lucy (1986, Lucille Ball Productions/Aaron Spelling Productions)

A grandmother lives with her daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren, as well as her son-in-law’s father, with whom she co-owns a hardware store.