High Anxiety (1977) Poster



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The Cobweb (1955)
High Anxiety states that Dr. Ashley had wanted to "Change the drapes in the Psychotic Game Room" before he died.

Referenced in 

Cotton Candy (1978) (TV Movie)
A poster is visible outside of the movie theater.
The Goonies (1985)
Chunk uses the line "I got it. I got it. I don''t got it" while juggling the glass water dispenser, which is a reference to the recurring gag from "High Anxiety."
Kate & Allie: High Anxiety (1986) (TV Episode)
Title reference
Spaceballs (1987)
The Golden Girls: High Anxiety (1989) (TV Episode)
The title of this episode is based on this film's title.
Wings: High Anxiety (1990) (TV Episode)
The title is a reference to the title of the movie.
Family Matters: Higher Anxiety (1993) (TV Episode)
title reference
Larry King Live: Episode dated 27 July 1993 (1993) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned by Mel Brooks
Full House: High Anxiety (1993) (TV Episode)
episode title
The Simpsons: The Springfield Files (1997) (TV Episode)
Dramatic background music turns out to be being played by an orchestra on a passing bus.
King of the Hill: High Anxiety (2000) (TV Episode)
The episode title is based on the title of this film.
Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem (2003)
The #1 song above One More Time at #2 is High Anxiety by Mel "Bean" Brooks.
Inheritance (2004)
Mentioned once
The Producers (2005)
The "That won't be nece..." dialogue originates here.
Reign Over Me (2007)
Name of this movie is seen outside a movie theater showing a Mel Brooks marathon.
TV Land Confidential: Movies (2007) (TV Episode)
still pictures
Caesar and Otto's Deadly Xmas (2012)
in the DVD specials, 'Mike Johansen(III)' (who plays a psychologist) appears with half his mustache shaved off, resembling Norton ('Lee Delando') from High Anxiety.
Mel and His Movies (2013) (Video)
poster shown
Blaze of Glory: Mel Brooks' Wild, Wild West (2014) (Video)
mentioned once

Featured in 

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Gabriel Kaplan/Cloris Leachman/Marcel Marceau (1978) (TV Episode)
Cloris Leachman introduces a clip from her movie
Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) (TV Movie)
Richard (Mel Brooks) gets attacked in a phone booth.
100 Years of Comedy (1997) (Video)
Clips shown.
The Dick Cavett Show with Mel Brooks (2006) (TV Movie)
film clip shown
Reign Over Me (2007)
Shown during the Mel Brooks marathon.
Cinemania: Ypalliloi en drasei! (2009) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown
American Masters: Mel Brooks: Make a Noise (2013) (TV Episode)
Multiple clips are featured.
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Mel Brooks (2013) (TV Special)
film clips shown
78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene (2017)
Clips shown.


The 39 Steps (1935)
When Victoria Brisbane (Madeline Kahn) first enters Dr. Thorndyke's hotel room she tells him about people who are following and watching her and asks him to close all the curtains, exactly as Annabella Smith (Lucie Mannheim) did when she entered Richard Hannay's (Robert Donat) apartment.
Rebecca (1940)
Foreign Correspondent (1940)
An early scene where the grandfatherly figure encourages the central protagonist mimics the Cathedral tower scene in the latter film.
Suspicion (1941)
Spellbound (1945)
Notorious (1946)
Call Northside 777 (1948)
Brophy blows up a photo again and again like James Stewart had the newspaper date blown up
Rear Window (1954)
The Wrong Man (1956)
The main character is accused of a crime he did not commit.
Vertigo (1958)
The central theme of Dr. Thorndyke's "high anxiety" is based off the vertigo ailment that James Stewart suffered from.
Psycho (1960)
The shower scene is spoofed when Mel Brooks' character is attacked by a paperboy in the shower, he hits him with a newspaper and the ink runs down the drain like blood. Also, Dick Van Patten's Dr. Wentworth character drives in a night rain just like Janet Leigh's Marion Crane did.
The Birds (1963)
When Dr. Thorndyke is being chased and pooped on by pigeons, this is a parody of several scenes in "The Birds" in which birds attack various citizens.
Blow-Up (1966)
Source for the scene in which Brophy enlarges the hotel lobby photo to ridiculous proportions.
Frenzy (1972)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Nurse Diesel and the Mental Institution in the movie is a parody of Nurse Ratched and the Institution in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."
Family Plot (1976)
The Victoria Brisbane (Madeline Kahn) mirrors the long blonde hair and broad brim hat of Fran (Karen Black).
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
The assassin is called Braces, a parody of Jaws.

Spoofed in 

Night Court: Harry and the Tramp (1988) (TV Episode)
"Thigh Anxiety."

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