Sunset Blvd. (1950) Poster



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American Cinema: Film Noir (1995) (TV Episode)
Clips shown
Mrs. Harris (2005) (TV Movie)
In the opening credits


Waxworks (1924)
The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
Norma Desmond's bedroom is designed after the room the Phantom has prepared for Chriatine Daaé, and the elaborately carved, fairytale boat-shaped beds are identical.
Sadie Thompson (1928)
publicity photo of Swanson from this film seen in Norma Desmond's house
Dracula (1931)
Ich bei Tag und du bei Nacht (1932)
The plot Joe thinks of that two teachers, working day and night shifts and never meet, share the same bed is from this film.
The Blue from the Sky (1932)
The script planned by Joe and Betty (the story of a couple, which is never together because of jobs with incompatible working time) is the script for this film.
King Kong (1933)
Joe makes a King Kong joke when talking about the chimpanzee.
Dracula's Daughter (1936)
Mysterious reclusive older woman with an overprotective male servant falls for a younger man. By bizarre coincidence, the Dracula lead actress is Gloria Holden, whereas Sunset Blvd.'s leads are Gloria Swanson and William Holden.
The Importance of Being Earnest (1938) (TV Movie)
there's a line about reading inside "a private cigarette case"
Gone with the Wind (1939)
Fred Clark regrets he didn't buy the Civil War prmise.
Citizen Kane (1941)
A man's life story is told right after his death through various flashbacks.
Great Expectations (1946)
Joe Gillis referes to Desmond's mansion as like Miss Faversham's
The Paleface (1948)
The guests at Artie's New Year's Eve party sing "Buttons and Bows".
Samson and Delilah (1949)
Set elements and costumes from Cecil B. DeMille's recent Samson and Delilah were pulled out of storage, and cast members from that film re-hired, to re-create his filming the Biblical epic as Norma Desmond comes to visit the director on the Paramount lot, creating a deliberate contrast between Norma's antiquated notions of how this sort of film should be told (her creaky, un-filmable "Salome" script) and the more "modern" interpretation of cinematic Scripture being pursued by DeMille in sound and Technicolor.

Referenced in 

The Ed Wynn Show: Episode #1.27 (1950) (TV Episode)
Gloria Swanson is promoting the film
Texaco Star Theatre: Episode #5.15 (1953) (TV Episode)
Milton Berle briefly mentions this film while making a joke in response to Gertrude Berg's character jokingly calling herself "Gloria Swanson"
Senso (1954)
A lonely older woman's destructive relationship with a younger gigolo.
You Bet Your Life: Episode #6.13 (1955) (TV Episode)
Answer to quiz question.
The Mike Wallace Interview: Gloria Swanson (1957) (TV Episode)
Mike Wallace discusses the film with Gloria Swanson.
The Twilight Zone: The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine (1959) (TV Episode)
Parallels the story of an aging actress (Gloria Swanson vs. Ida Lupino) trying to get back her career, watching her old movies in a private screening room, etc.
Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Gloria Swanson (1961) (TV Episode)
Mentioned as part of Gloria Swanson's filmography.
Sweet Bird of Youth (1962)
A faded film actress gets involved with a man much younger than her.
The Twilight Zone: Queen of the Nile (1964) (TV Episode)
same stock characters: old time actress trying to hang onto her younger memories, naive young man coming to meet her, creepy old servant whose wise advice is the best option
The Oscar (1966)
Nightmare in Wax (1969)
Scene recreated in wax museum
The Boys in the Band (1970)
He says "I'm not ready for my closeup Mr. Demille"
The Carol Burnett Show: Episode #8.12 (1974) (TV Episode)
Appearance of Nora Desmond character in "Disaster '75" sketch a parody of Gloria Swanson's appearance in "Airport 1975".
Columbo: Forgotten Lady (1975) (TV Episode)
An aging actress, desperate to make a comeback, spends most of her free time watching her old films in a small private movie theatre.
She Devils in Chains (1976)
Ebony says 'I'm ready for my close-up, Cecil B. DeMille'
Fedora (1978)
Structural similarities and Holden-narrated flashback.
Maledetti vi amerò (1980)
Some characters mention the movie, and a crossdresser spoofs Gloria Swanson.
Demented (1980)
Linda mentions it.
Veronika Voss (1982)
Some aspects of Veronika Voss are loosely adapted from Sunset Boulevard
Knots Landing: Silver Shadows (1982) (TV Episode)
Andrew Douglas sarcastically refers to his butler Henry as "Erich von Stroheim."
Puss 'n Boots (1982)
Quoted by Priscilla in front of the mirror
Prisoner: Episode #1.270 (1982) (TV Episode)
Ian Mahoney takes Janet Conway to a screening. Miss Conway later gives her rendition of Norma Desmond's "close-up" line.
The 55th Annual Academy Awards (1983) (TV Special)
Kate & Allie: The Very Loud Family (1984) (TV Episode)
Allie recites a version of the speech, "Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up".
Body Double (1984)
On the set of the porno movie, a woman is dressed as Norma Desmond and imitates her final walk down the staircase.
Remington Steele: Steele in the Spotlight (1986) (TV Episode)
Steele mentions the movie.
Amazing Stories: Secret Cinema (1986) (TV Episode)
Jane says, "Alright Mr. Cameraman, I'm ready for my close-up!"
Meatballs III: Summer Job (1986)
"I'm ready for my closeup, Mr. DeMille"
The Big Easy (1986)
The opening shot of The Big Easy is the same as the famous opening of Sunset Boulevard, a dead man face down in a pool.
Star Cops: Conversations with the Dead (1987) (TV Episode)
Mike says, "We're ready when you are, Mr. DeMille."
Rejuvenatrix (1988)
An old actress with a German servant who'd been her lover takes up with a younger man who gives her a chance at restarting her career, neither understanding the danger.
Night Court: Educating Rhoda (1988) (TV Episode)
Title reference
Witchery (1988)
mentioned by the realtor
Lobster Man from Mars (1989)
The character J.P. Shelldrake is named after the producer who turns down William Holden's script in Sunset Boulevard.
Sesame Street: 20 Years & Still Counting! 1969-1989 (1989) (TV Special)
Oscar quotes 'Ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille'
The Making of 'The Little Mermaid' (1989) (TV Movie)
Norma Desmond's character is mentioned by Kathy Zielinski.
Freddy's Nightmares: Dust to Dust (1990) (TV Episode)
A character exclaims, "I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille."
Twin Peaks: The Man Behind the Glass (1990) (TV Episode)
Blackie says: "She's ready for her close-up now."
Tiny Toon Adventures: Who Bopped Bugs Bunny? (1990) (TV Episode)
Stanley says, "I'm still big; it's the pictures that got small."
Barton Fink (1991)
Soapdish (1991)
After being given a turban to wear in a scene, Celeste yells that she is not Gloria Swanson.
Tiny Toon Adventures: Sepulveda Boulevard (1992) (TV Episode)
Nearly the entire episode is based off of this movie.
Night Court: Undressed for Success (1992) (TV Episode)
"I'm ready for my closeup, Mr. Deville."
Parker Lewis Can't Lose: Boy Meets Girl II (1992) (TV Episode)
Shelly (impersonating Ms. Musso) says, "I'm ready for my closeup, Mr. Lemmer!"
The Player (1992)
Producer Griffin Mill (Tim Robbins) takes a call from someone who identifies himself as Joe Gillis, the character played by William Holden in "Sunset Boulevard." Not getting the reference, Mill asks no one in particular, "Anybody know who Joe Gillis is?" Poster is also in Levison's office
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)
Character names (Gordon Cole, played by David Lynch, is a homage to this film, & Chris Isaak's character's last name is Desmond). There is also a monkey in Fire Walk With Me.
A League of Their Own (1992)
Characters discuss a possible movie about women playing baseball.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Hercules Unchained (1992) (TV Episode)
Joel: "I'm ready for my closeup, Mr. DeMille!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Human Duplicators (1992) (TV Episode)
Tom: "He's driving to Norma Desmond's house."
Rozprávky z Hollywoodu (1992) (TV Movie)
Narrated by a character who was Hollywood screenwriter and died in swimming pool.
Live from Washington D.C.: They Shoot HBO Specials, Don't They? (1993) (TV Special)
mentioned by Dennis
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Secret Agent Super Dragon (1993) (TV Episode)
Crow: "Hey, who pulled William Holden out of the pool?"
Short Cuts (1993)
Scene in which Zoe swims in the pool of her house.
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
"I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Atomic Brain (1993) (TV Episode)
Crow: Hey, it's Norma Desmond's house.
Schramm (1993)
Film narrative consisting of an extended flashback.
Sunny Side Up (1994)
Serial Mom (1994)
Video case is shown in a video store.
Bullets Over Broadway (1994)
A writer meets older actress, and they fall in love.
Snow White and the Magic Mirror (1994) (Video)
The queen's last line "I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille" was Norma's famous closing line in the classic 1950 film.
Witch Hunt (1994) (TV Movie)
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman: The Eyes Have It (1995) (TV Episode)
When Diana tells her cameraman, "I'm ready for my closeup Mr. Demille."
One Hundred and One Nights (1995)
cited in connection with Gloris Dwanson and Erich von Stroheim
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman: Top Copy (1995) (TV Episode)
Diana Stride's line, "I'm ready for my closeup, Mr. DeMille," quotes Gloria Swanson's famous closing line from the film.
High Risk (1995)
"I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. Spielberg"
Richard III (1995)
Richard watching film reel of himself, brooding.
WWF in Your House 4 (1995) (TV Special)
In Goldust's pre-match promo, he says, "Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my closeup."
ReBoot: Painted Windows (1995) (TV Episode)
Hexadecimal to Bob: "I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. Guardian."
Life with Louie: The Fourth Thursday in November (1995) (TV Episode)
The episode opens with the view of the street curb, with the words "Sunrise Boulevard" painted on it.
Melrose Place: Sydney, Bothered & Bewildered (1996) (TV Episode)
"I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille"
Hustler White (1996)
Spy Hard (1996)
BeetleBorgs: Lights, Camera, Too Much Action (1996) (TV Episode)
Flabber - "I'm ready for my close up"
NewsRadio: Massage Chair (1996) (TV Episode)
Dave "it's the pictures that got small"
Saved by the Bell: The New Class: Wrestling with Failure (1996) (TV Episode)
Screech says, "I'm ready for my closeup, Miss Lopez."
Seinfeld: The Little Kicks (1996) (TV Episode)
Jerrys line at the end "I'm still big. It's the bootlegs that got small"
Cybill: Going to Hell in a Limo: Part 2 (1996) (TV Episode)
Cybill says "I'm ready for my closeup, Mr. DeMille", which is a famous line from this film
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Undead (1997) (TV Episode)
Crow: I'm ready for my execution Mr. DeMille.
Cats Don't Dance (1997)
Max is a parody of Sunset Boulevard's butler of the same name.
Just Write (1997)
Both this movie and that one take place behind the scenes of an upcoming film.
Goosebumps: My Best Friend Is Invisible (1997) (TV Episode)
Sam and Roxanne find a note which reads: "I'm ready for my close-up."
Pinky and the Brain: Leave It to Beavers/Cinebrainia (1997) (TV Episode)
Brain says, "I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille."
Pinky and the Brain: Brain Noir (1997) (TV Episode)
The episode opens with Brain narrating while he is simultaneously floating face-down in a swimming pool.
Hacks (1997)
referenced by the bus driver
Dexter's Laboratory: Picture Day/Now That's a Stretch/Dexter Detention (1997) (TV Episode)
Dexter says, "I am ready for my close-up, Miss Leibovitz."
Following (1998)
There is a poster of this film in Bill's flat.
Willa: An American Snow White (1998) (TV Movie)
The Regina character in "Willa" is very much like "Sunset Boulevard"'s Norma Desmond
Cookie's Fortune (1999)
Close plays a woman who's gone crazy. It's no accident that the play she directs is 'Solome'. The reference is obscure but undeniable.
Get Bruce (1999)
"I'm ready for my close up" shirt
Powerplay (1999) (TV Movie)
character jokes variation on the "I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille" scene
The Bill: Sun Hill Boulevard (1999) (TV Episode)
A body is found floating in water, and several references are made to the film by P.C. Reg Hollis
Hayley Wagner, Star (1999) (TV Movie)
The Best of Film Noir (1999) (Video)
Poster shown.
Ride with the Devil (1999)
"I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille."
She's Alive! Creating the Bride of Frankenstein (1999) (Short)
mentioned once
The X-Files: X-Cops (2000) (TV Episode)
Edy says the "I'm ready for my close up" quote.
Backstory: The Seven Year Itch (2000) (TV Episode)
documentary features movie poster
When Brendan Met Trudy (2000)
mentioned/quoted by Brendan
Bamboozled (2000)
per Spike Lee commentary
Mulholland Dr. (2001)
Various themes and elements of plot are concurrent with the two films. Even the title of both are street names in Hollywood.
A Huey P. Newton Story (2001) (TV Movie)
Newton says "I'm ready for my close up now"
Slashers (2001) (Video)
"I'm ready for my close-up"
Walking Shadow (2001) (TV Movie)
Who Is Cletis Tout? (2001)
poster in video store window
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch: Really Big Season Opener (2001) (TV Episode)
Zelda says she and Hilda will get ready for their close-ups.
The 100 Greatest Films (2001) (TV Movie)
Referenced by name
Orange County (2002)
Star Trek: Enterprise: Dear Doctor (2002) (TV Episode)
The film is part of Enterprise's movie database. Elizabeth Cutler invites Dr. Phlox to see the film as she believed that he would like it.
Gilmore Girls: A-Tisket, A-Tasket (2002) (TV Episode)
Lorelai mentions watching the film
Queer as Folk: The Leper (Hath the Babe Not Eyes?) (2002) (TV Episode)
Emmett tells Ted that he is ready for his close-up.
The Backlot Murders (2002) (Video)
mentioned in dialogue
Queer as Folk: You Say It's Your Birthday! I Couldn't Care Less! (2002) (TV Episode)
Michael and Ben watch the film.
Red Dragon (2002)
Home Movies: My Cheatin' Heart (2002) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Edith Head: The Paramount Years (2002) (Video)
Someone mentions this film.
Andrew Lloyd Webber: Masterpiece (2002) (TV Special)
'Sunset Blvd.': A Look Back (2002) (Video)
This documentary is always referencing this movie, because is a making of of it.
Girls Will Be Girls (2003)
An over-the-hill actress spends most of her free time watching her old films while surrounded with countless photographs of her hey-days.
A Decade Under the Influence (2003)
mentioned in documentary
Die, Mommie, Die! (2003)
the ending parallels the ending of this film
Living with Michael Jackson: A Tonight Special (2003) (TV Special)
The vast collection of framed photographs of Jackson's past is similar to the collection of photographs Norma Desmond has.
Gilmore Girls: Swan Song (2003) (TV Episode)
Lorelai says that Rory's sleeping over at her grandparents' will assure her a Norma Desmond style breakfast.
Queer as Folk: Stop Hurting Us (2003) (TV Episode)
Ted and Emmett reference the "I am big. It's the pictures that got small" line.
Angel: Peace Out (2003) (TV Episode)
"Time for my close-up."
The Making of 'Carlito's Way' (2003) (Video)
Someone mentions this film.
Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003)
Dickie plays poker with washed-up child stars; Norma Desmond plays bridge with superannuated silent film stars in Sunset Blvd.
Exhumed (2003) (Video)
character based on Gloria Swanson's performance as Norma Desmond
Gilmore Girls: The Festival of Living Art (2003) (TV Episode)
When Lorelai prepares to go on stage, Rory asks her, "Are you ready for your close up, Miss Desmond?".
Angels in America (2003) (TV Mini-Series)
quotes liberally from the "I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille" scene
Twisted (2004)
During a pool hall scene between Ashley Judd and Samuel L. Jackson's characters, the Sunset Blvd. poster is seen.
A Home at the End of the World (2004)
When the characters go see a movie, this is on the marquee.
Queer as Folk: Have Some Balls (2004) (TV Episode)
Darren references Norma's line about disliking the word "comeback".
Redentor (2004)
Posthumous narration of character.
Dead Like Me: Forget Me Not (2004) (TV Episode)
Dialogue on William Holdens death in Sunset Blvd.
Shakespear's Sister: Best Of (2004) (Video)
Scenes from the film are recreated throughout the 'Goodbye Cruel World' video with Siobhan Fahey as Norma Desmond.
Dark Queen (2004)
"I'm ready for my close-up"
Medium: A Couple of Choices (2005) (TV Episode)
Joe: Call Maury Povich - tell him I'm ready for my close-up."
Film Geek (2005)
Poster is shown in Scotty's apartment.
On je zena!: Vyhazov (2005) (TV Episode)
In this episode, the lead female character is hoping to be cast as Norma Desmond in a stage adaptation of Billy Wilder's film.
Be Cool (2005)
In dialog, after Tommy is shot.
29th and Gay (2005)
(said by movie studio tour guide) "Are you ready for your close-up?"
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
Opens with a shot of the protagonist, from the point of view of the bottom of a pool.
Queer as Folk: Back in Business (2005) (TV Episode)
Emmett describes his getting a job at Channel 5 as his return to the cameras, while imitating Norma Desmond.
The Comeback: Pilot (2005) (TV Episode)
Mickey says, "I'm ready for my close-up".
Queer as Folk: Hard Decisions (2005) (TV Episode)
Ted compares Deb's return to the diner as Norma Desmond's comeback, before Emmett corrects him, saying "I believe it was a return." Emmett also describes Ted's doctor as "Dr. DeMille", saying Ted is ready for his close-up before he goes in for surgery.
Entourage: Aquamansion (2005) (TV Episode)
The line about being able to see Catalina
Bowser Makes a Movie (2005)
"Where's the camera, Mr. DeMille? A star is born."
Domino (2005)
Domino references this movie in her narration
Nip/Tuck: KiKi (2005) (TV Episode)
"She's ready for her close-up."
Color Me Kubrick (2005)
discussion of a stage production of this movie
Aída: From Lost to the River (2005) (TV Episode)
Fidel comments that Eugenia reminds him of Gloria Swanson in this movie
At the Hotel: Welcome to the Rousseau (2006) (TV Episode)
Lucy points out the similarity between the events at the Rousseau and the film Sunset Blvd (bodies lying face down in a pool), and recommends that Jenny rent the film (even going so far as to order it up to her room).
Stalag 17: From Reality to Screen (2006) (Short)
mentioned once
Fatwa (2006)
as he looks into a video camera, a man says "Ready for close-up?"
X-Gen (2006)
Dead body in a pool.
Jeopardy!: Episode #22.218 (2006) (TV Episode)
correct response in "Movie Catch Phrases" category
Film Noir: Bringing Darkness to Light (2006) (Video)
Mentioned by Christopher Nolan.
Hollywoodland (2006)
The watch Toni gave George is inscribed with the same message: "Mad about the boy"
Inland Empire (2006)
blonde, over-the-hill-actress' comeback + the monkey + queen kelly scene
Trapped Ashes (2006)
"I think I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. Spielberg"
Gilmore Girls: The Long Morrow (2006) (TV Episode)
Taylor paraphrases the famous "I'm ready for my close-up" line.
R U Invited? (2006)
Character of Helen Bedd is a parody of Norma Desmond.
Girl 27 (2007)
This Billy Wilder film is discussed.
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Monster in the Box (2007) (TV Episode)
When the undercover officer Kamen is in the victim's appartment, she tells Sofia (who has a camera and microphone in the living room) "I'm ready for my close-up".
Strictly Background (2007)
"Mr. Demille I'm ready for my closeup"
The Brave One (2007)
(said during filming) "Are you ready for your close-up?"
The Art of Fear (2007) (Video)
mentioned once
Oviedo Express (2007)
SPOILER: At the end of the movie, one of the carachters is found dead at his Sunset Boulevard's swimming pool
Nip/Tuck: Carly Summers (2007) (TV Episode)
"Are you ready for your close-up?"
Cinematic Titanic: The Oozing Skull (2007) (Video)
Frank: "Ready for my close-up on the back of my sweater, Mr. DeMille."
Gossip Girl: School Lies (2008) (TV Episode)
Dan quotes from it
Fly Me to the Moon 3D (2008)
"We're ready for our close-ups."
Nip/Tuck: August Walden (2008) (TV Episode)
"Am I ready for my close up?"
Virgin Territory: The Making of 'The Virgin Queen' (2008) (Video)
Referenced by John Cork.
The Replacements: Hollywoodn't (2008) (TV Episode)
Todd tells a Hollywood studio guard that he's "ready for his close-up"
Colossal Squid: Colossal Squid (2008) (TV Episode)
The narrator remarks that "the star's ready for his close-up."
Igor (2008)
I'm ready for my close-up, mr. director.
Saturday Night Live: Jon Hamm/Coldplay (2008) (TV Episode)
Vincent Price (Bill Hader) mentions it when introducing Gloria Swanson (Kristen Wiig).
The Informers (2008)
French movie poster seen on wall (as "Boulevard du Crepuscule")
The Shield: Family Meeting (2008) (TV Episode)
"Get ready for your close-up, Lloyd."
Hollywood Mouth (2008)
Alto Nido apartment building is shown.
Diamonds (2009) (TV Movie)
Prior to a press conference, Joan is asked if she's "ready for her close-up."
Lisa Lampanelli: Long Live the Queen (2009) (TV Special)
Last line of cartoon introduction is: "Mr. Demille, I'm ready for my close-up".
Nip/Tuck: Allegra Caldarello (2009) (TV Episode)
"I'm all ready for my surgery, Mr. DeMille."
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Watchmen/Shuttle/12 (2009) (TV Episode)
Ellen says Billy Wilder also directed Some Like it Hot (1959) & Sunset Blvd. (1950)
The Telling (2009) (Video)
the "close-up" line is imitated
The Commune (2009)
Dialogue: Jenny says "I had a queer dream..." and Cassie asks "Was there an organ grinder and a monkey?"
Chowder: Endive's Dirty Secret/Big Food (2009) (TV Episode)
Chowder's interaction with 'Big Food' was a takeoff of the movie.
RiffTrax Live: Plan 9 from Outer Space (2009)
Bill: "I'm ready for my close-up now, Mr. Satan."
Repo Chick (2009)
Sixsixsix says that he saw a movie about repo men - "the dude was chased by repo men, drove to the mansion of old Hollywood movie star and then ended up drowned in the pool."
Drop Dead Diva: The Dress (2009) (TV Episode)
Stacy, "I'm ready for my close up."
Glee: Acafellas (2009) (TV Episode)
Sandy says, "I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille," even though the line is actually, "All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up."
Rosemary's Old Kentucky Home (2009) (Video)
mentioned once
RuPaul's Drag Race: Gone with the Window (2010) (TV Episode)
RuPaul asks, "are you ready for your close ups?"
2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams (2010)
"It looks like our honored guest is ready for his closeup."
Kick-Ass (2010)
Dave uses this as an example of why his narration does not prove he survived
Ghostfacers: The Comeback (2010) (TV Episode)
"I am ready for my close-up, Mr. Ed"
Castle: Almost Famous (2010) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Ryan.
Criminal Minds: Reflection of Desire (2010) (TV Episode)
Final scene with unsub is an homage to final scene of Sunset Boulevard.
Tangled (2010)
Madame Gothel is modeled after Norma Desmond
90210: Holiday Madness (2010) (TV Episode)
Adrianna moves into Gloria Swanson's old house, and the movie is mentioned and she recites lines from it
The Roommate (2011)
At the very beginning of the movie we see a sign saying "Sunset Blvd"
Being Human: Though the Heavens Fall (2011) (TV Episode)
Cop tells "Gloria O'Swanson" (Mitchell) that it's time for his close up.
L.A. Noire (2011) (Video Game)
One of the 50 gold film reels you can find.
Hick (2011)
Luli says: "I am big. It's the pictures that got small."
Castle: Eye of the Beholder (2011) (TV Episode)
Beckett references in passing the "I'm ready for my closeup" line
Dead Inside (2011)
"I am big. It's the pictures that got small."
Beavis and Butt-Head: Copy Machine/Holding (2011) (TV Episode)
"I'm ready for my close-up"
Showgirls 2: Penny's from Heaven (2011)
the plot about the heroine arriving in Hollywood
Stars of the Silver Screen: Bette Davis (2011) (TV Episode)
The film is mentioned.
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Tressed to Kill (2012) (TV Episode)
Brass calls another character "Norma Desmond"
Monster Man: Monster Infestation (2012) (TV Episode)
"Mr. Randel. Ready for our close-up."
General Hospital: Episode #1.12592 (2012) (TV Episode)
"ready for my close-up"
Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)
Opens with a shot of the protagonst, from the point of view underwater
Vampira and Me (2012)
Norma Desmond mentioned.
RuPaul's Drag Race: RuPaullywood or Bust (2013) (TV Episode)
Michelle Visage misquotes, "I'm ready for my closeup, Mr. Demille," when discussing Jinkx Monsoon's runway look.
Bunheads: Take the Vicuna (2013) (TV Episode)
Michelle uses a line from the movie when she needles Fanny about taking advantage of Milly, 'Hey, I'm not judging. "As long as the lady's paying for it, why not take the vicuna?"'
Bones: The Blood from the Stones (2013) (TV Episode)
"I'm ready for my close-up."
Birdemic 2: The Resurrection (2013)
Much of the plot of the film revolves around the same ideas featured in Sunset Blvd. There are also numerous references to Billy Wilder in this film, who made Sunset Blvd.
Smash: The Dress Rehearsal (2013) (TV Episode)
Derek mentions the movie by name.
The Great Gatsby (2013)
Visual reference: police and reporters at swimming pool crime scene.
General Hospital: Episode #1.12804 (2013) (TV Episode)
"ready for my close-up"
The Apprentice: May the Spoon Be with You (2013) (TV Episode)
Marilu says, "We're ready for your close-up Mr. DeMille"
Pound Puppies: I'm Ready for My Close Pup (2013) (TV Episode)
The episode title, "I'm Ready for My Close Pup," is a play on the iconic quote from the film, "All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up."
The Newsroom: Election Night: Part II (2013) (TV Episode)
A character name, Joe Gillis, is seen written on paper.
The Devil Incarnate (2013)
Mentioned in dialogue
Closer to the Moon (2014)
While preparing to film the bank heist, Max tells the director, echoing Norma Desmond, "We're ready for our close-ups".
Kissing Darkness (2014)
Ashton tells Skylar, "You better call Mr. DeMille and tell him you AREN'T ready for your closeup!" -- referencing the famous "All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up" line from Sunset Blvd.
From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series: La Conquista (2014) (TV Episode)
Movie was mentioned.
Futility (2014)
Joe Gillis monologue homage
Queen & Country (2014)
Mentioned by Ophelia, who says that this is about her.
Mantovani, the King of Strings (2014)
mentioned by narrator
Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces (2014)
Character names (Gordon Cole, played by 'David Lynch', is a homage to this film, & Chris Isaak's character's last name is Desmond). There is also a monkey.
Masters of Sex: Story of My Life (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Lester.
Doctor Who: Time Heist (2014) (TV Episode)
"He's ready for his close-up"
The Strain: Last Rites (2014) (TV Episode)
"Ready for your close-up?"
American Horror Story: Edward Mordrake: Part 2 (2014) (TV Episode)
"I'm ready for my close-up"
Film '72: Episode dated 2 December 2014 (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Danny Leigh when reviewing The Pyramid (2014)
The Comeback: Valerie Is Taken Seriously (2014) (TV Episode)
Valerie jokes with the reporter from the New York Times that she is not ready for her close-up.
Hollywood Mouth 2 (2014)
wax figures of Gloria Swanson, William Holden, and Erich von Stroheim are shown.
The Royal Road (2015)
Title is mentioned
The Wolfpack (2015)
"Are you ready for your close-up?"
Face Off: Miss Intergalactic (2015) (TV Episode)
Norma Desmond mentioned
Secrets and Lies: The Sister (2015) (TV Episode)
"I'm ready for my close-up"
Pretty Little Liars: Welcome to the Dollhouse (2015) (TV Episode)
Spencer says that the focal point of the prom should be the staircase. She adds, "We think Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard."
The Chase Australia: Episode #1.41 (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Brydon Coverdale as the movie that Andrew Lloyd Webber turned into a musical during the Final Chase.
Chicago Fire: Regarding This Wedding (2015) (TV Episode)
"He's ready for his close-up."
Christine (2016)
Inner issues and predicaments.
Hail, Caesar! (2016)
The security guard at the front gate of Capitol Pictures is called Scotty. This is the same name as the studio gate guard in Sunset Boulevard.
Grimm: Star-Crossed (2016) (TV Episode)
"It's time for your close-up."
Better Call Saul: Amarillo (2016) (TV Episode)
Mrs. Strauss comes down the stairs and says, "I'm ready for my closeup, Mr. McGill," in reference to a famous scene from the film.
Archer: The Figgis Agency (2016) (TV Episode)
Opens with a character face down in the swimming pool of a Hollywood mansion
Archer: Deadly Velvet: Part 2 (2016) (TV Episode)
The body floating in the pool.
Reel Iconic: Public Frenemies (2016) (TV Episode)
All of the iconic quotes are used as well as a few of camera angles taken directly from the film.
The Chase Australia: Episode #2.105 (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Andrew O'Keefe as a possible answer to a question about the classic film for which "Well, nobody's perfect!" is the final line of dialogue asked when Louise and the Chaser go head to head.
Who's Doing the Dishes?: Tamara Beckwith (2016) (TV Episode)
Brian McFadden references Norma Desmond's "I'm ready for my close-up" line.
Sing (2016)
Nana's entrance down the staircase imitates Norma Desmnond's famous descent. She also wears the same type of headdress, and her penguin butler resembles Max Von Mayerling.
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Hilary & Larry Meyers/Josh Meyers (2016) (TV Episode)
Reference to Norma's last line in Seth's rant about the holidays
Feud: Mommie Dearest (2017) (TV Episode)
Joan says that Gloria Swanson was robbed of an Oscar in 1950.
Real Time with Bill Maher: Episode #15.10 (2017) (TV Episode)
in his final monologue, Bill discusses the film's plot and compares Donald Trump to Norma Desmond
Archer: Archer Dreamland: No Good Deed (2017) (TV Episode)
opening scene
Training Day: Sunset (2017) (TV Episode)
Flashback structure imitates "body floating in a pool as narrator" structure of the Billy Wilder classic
iZombie: Looking for Mr. Goodbrain, Part 1 (2017) (TV Episode)
Norma Desmond is mentioned.
99.9% Innocent (2017) (Short)
Referred to by the director as an influence
Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (2017)
Mentioned in dialogue
The Disaster Artist (2017)
The dynamic between Tommy and Greg mirrors that of Norma and Joe.
Designated Survivor: Outbreak (2017) (TV Episode)
Kirkman says the frog is ready for his closeup
Clever Girl: Scarborough Fair (2018) (TV Episode)
Denise being hounded by repo men
MENEW: Baby You're Like a Drug (2018) (Short)
The opening scene is an homage to the opening scene in this earlier movie
Alone Together: The Big One (2018) (TV Episode)
Esther she will enter her Norma Desmond phase after the big one
The Split: Episode #1.1 (2018) (TV Episode)
Hannah says she looks like Marge Simpson crossed with Sunset Blvd.
Honest Trailers: Every Christopher Nolan Movie (2018) (TV Episode)
Title seen in screenshot
BoJack Horseman: Mr. Peanutbutter's Boos (2018) (TV Episode)
Pickles inadvertently quotes the "I'm ready for my close-up" line, and then Mr. Peanutbutter mentions the movie.
Hollywood Mouth 3 (2018)
Mentioned in dialog.


Queen Kelly (1929)
The movie that Joe and Norma watch in the private screening room is this movie, which had not yet been released. It was directed by Erich von Stroheim, who plays the butler.

Featured in 

Les dossiers de l'écran: Boulevard du crépuscule (1969) (TV Episode)
complete film shown
The Carol Burnett Show: Episode #7.3 (1973) (TV Episode)
A clip from this film was shown during the opening segment.
Paramount Presents (1974) (TV Movie)
Clip shown in a montage.
Hollywood Classics with Miss Gloria Swanson (1978) (TV Movie)
Includes full film plus segments with remembrances by Gloria Swanson
Hollywood (1980) (TV Mini-Series)
Hollywood: Swanson and Valentino (1980) (TV Episode)
Scene with Swanson yelling at projector
Hollywood: Autocrats (1980) (TV Episode)
The film is identified on screen and clips are shown.
Trading Places (1983)
TV version only includes clip from Sunset Blvd.
The 58th Annual Academy Awards (1986) (TV Special)
Precious Images (1986) (Short)
At the Movies: Hail, Hail, Black and White (1989) (TV Episode)
Clip shown to demonstrate the benefits of filming in black and white
Visions of Light (1992)
Footage of this movie is shown.
100 Years at the Movies (1994) (TV Short)
At the Movies: Villains: So Bad, They're Good (1995) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown.
American Cinema: Film Noir (1995) (TV Episode)
Clip shown
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: America's Greatest Movies (1998) (TV Special)
This film is #12 on the list.
The Best of Film Noir (1999) (Video)
Clips shown.
When Brendan Met Trudy (2000)
Brendan watches this movie on TV
The 100 Greatest Films (2001) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown
Pulp Cinema (2001) (Video)
Clips shown.
Edith Head: The Paramount Years (2002) (Video)
Scenes from this film are shown.
'Sunset Blvd.': A Look Back (2002) (Video)
Scenes from this film are shown.
The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003) (TV Special)
Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003)
footage appears throughout
Comfort and Joy (2003) (TV Movie)
The characters are watching the scene on tv where Norma Desmond says "I am big, it's the pictures that got small."
Cecil B. DeMille: American Epic (2004) (TV Movie)
excerpt shown
The 77th Annual Academy Awards (2005) (TV Special)
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movie Quotes: America's Greatest Quips, Comebacks and Catchphrases (2005) (TV Special)
The quotes "Alright, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up." and "I am big! It's the pictures that got small." are #7 and #24 on the list.
TCM Guest Programmer: Mario Cantone (2006) (TV Episode)
One of the films selected by the co-host
Billy Wilder Speaks (2006) (TV Movie)
excerpt of film used in documentary on director
Girl 27 (2007)
Clips shown.
The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) (TV Special)
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: 10th Anniversary Edition (2007) (TV Movie)
This film is #16 on the list.
Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)
Harper watches it in the movie theatre
Cinema's Exiles: From Hitler to Hollywood (2009) (TV Movie)
Clips shown.
Un cortometraje de Alejandro Pérez (2009) (Short)
Fragment showed during the end
The Rules of Film Noir (2009) (TV Movie)
Clips shown
American Grindhouse (2010)
Footage of this movie is shown.
Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood: Peepshow Pioneers: 1889-1907 (2010) (TV Episode)
Clip shown during intro: Norma is ready for her closeup.
The Story of Film: An Odyssey: The Hollywood Dream (2011) (TV Episode)
Clips shown
Side by Side (2012)
Eric Von Stroheim in final scene
Smashing UK Top 10: Top 10 Film Directors (2013) (TV Episode)
1,001 Movies You Must See (Before You Die) (2014) (Short)
I am big. It's the pictures that got smaller.
And the Oscar Goes To... (2014) (TV Movie)
Clip shown
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movies of the 1950s (2014) (TV Episode)
Sunset Blvd. gets an honorable mention.
Mantovani, the King of Strings (2014)
clips and soundtrack of Mantovani standard, "Charmain"
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Comeback Lines (2014) (TV Episode)
The Picture Got Small gets an honorable mention.
Best of Enemies (2015)
A clip from the film is shown.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Closing Lines in Movies (2015) (TV Episode)
The #5 closing line is "Alright, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up."
Carol (2015)
Scene from movie appears in projection booth scene.
The Dressmaker (2015)
The characters go to see Sunset Boulevard at a local cinema
Brows Held High: Mr. Nobody and Living in Bad Faith (2015) (TV Episode)
A clip is shown.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Best Academy Award Original Screenplays (2016) (TV Episode)
Sunset Blvd. gets an honorable mention.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Best Opening Lines in Movies (2016) (TV Episode)
Yes, This is Sunset Blvd. gets an honorable mention.
Lost in Adaptation: The Princess Diaries (2016) (TV Episode)
Clips shown
Twin Peaks: Part 15 (2017) (TV Episode)
Dougie watches the film on TV and hears the name "Gordon Cole". The film is the source of David Lynch's character name.
Best F(r)iends: Volume 1 (2017)
Traci and Jon watch the movie.
Dirty Money: The Confidence Man (2018) (TV Episode)
Scenes are shown.
An Informal Conversation with Billy Wilder (2018) (Video)
Documentary about this film's director
The Oscars (2018) (TV Special)
90 Years of Oscar montage

Spoofed in 

Einer frisst den anderen (1964)
Like the earlier film, the old lady and the derelict isolated house,and the butler who was her lover and still cares and protects her from strangers, are main characters in the drama.
Dragnet 1967: The Bank Examiner Swindle (1967) (TV Episode)
Episode features an old "has-been" actress who plans to return to pictures. She is introduced at the top of a staircase being photographed by the press, just like Gloria Swanson's character, and she seems obsessed with being well-known again. Also, Jack Webb was in both.
The Carol Burnett Show: Episode #5.14 (1971) (TV Episode)
Parodied as "Sunnyset Boulevard".
Heat (1972)
The Movie Star (1983)
Porn parody.
Evil Dead II (1987)
DuckTales: The Uncrashable Hindentanic (1987) (TV Episode)
The character of Gloria Swansong is a spoof of Norman Desmond in "Sunset Blvd."
Sinset Boulevard (1987) (Video)
Video's title is a takeoff on the mainstream film's title.
Risque Business (1989)
Porn take-off of dark comedy.
Wings: Joe Blows: Part 1 (1993) (TV Episode)
Opening sequence
Sam and Max Hit the Road (1993) (Video Game)
character Evelyn Morrison says parody quotes of Gloria Swanson's character from the film
Sunsex Blvd (1993) (Video)
Porn parody.
Animaniacs: Dot's Entertainment/The Girl with the Googily Goop/Gunga Dot (1996) (TV Episode)
Spoofed as "Cats of Phantom Boulevard"
The John Larroquette Show: Here We Go Again (1996) (TV Episode)
actress hires writer to rewrite her musical while a romance blossoms on the side and ends with him drowning in a pool and her on a staircase speaking the famous lines "I'm ready for my closeup-box"
Discworld II: Mortality Bytes! (1996) (Video Game)
"I'm ready for my close-up, Mr Dibbler."
3rd Rock from the Sun: Fifteen Minutes of Dick (1997) (TV Episode)
When Sally feels the town of Rutherford no longer considers her famous, there is an extended parody in which she enters the kitchen dressed as Norma Desmond, complete with dark glasses and foot-long cigarette holder. She asks Harry if the daily flowers had arrived yet, and Harry lies to maintain her delusion. After she leaves, Dick comments, "It's so sad. She was so big.": Harry, channeling Erich von Stroheim as Max von Mayerling, continues to defend Sally: "She still is big, it's the planet that got small."
Money Talks (1997)
Rugrats: America's Wackiest Home Movies/The 'Lympics (1997) (TV Episode)
Angelica says "I'm ready for my close-up Mr. Deville"
BeetleBorgs: Sunset Boo-Levard (1997) (TV Episode)
Norma Des-Doom is a parody of Norma Desmond.
I Am Weasel: Revolutionary Weasel (1998) (TV Episode)
I Are Ghost is a spoof of the Billy Wilder movie.
Cecil B. DeMented (2000)
The line "I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. Demented" spoofs the line "I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille" from the end of this movie.
Movie Critters' Big Picture (2003) (TV Movie)
An old time actress Gloria Swansong does a great performance in Sunshine Boulevard. The character is called Nora Dumont.
Two and a Half Men: Alan Harper, Frontier Chiropractor (2003) (TV Episode)
In the final scene, Alan spoofs Norma Desmond's "ready for my close-up"-ending.
American Dad!: Star Trek (2005) (TV Episode)
Framing device of narrator floating face down in pool
Faces of Death: The Make-Up Effects of 'All Souls Day' (2006) (Video)
while in zombie make-up, someone says "I'm ready for my close-up"
Waking & Dreaming (2006) (Short)
Suicide in Hollywood
The Haunted World of El Superbeasto (2009) (Video)
Norma Desmond is fired (she starts to say "I'm ready for my (close-up)")
The Comic Strip Presents...: The Hunt for Tony Blair (2011) (TV Episode)
Blair evades the police and enters the drive of a run-down old house with a mysterious, aging ex-world stage actor, complete with Otto Preminger-esque servant. This is a direct spoof of the classic movie.
The Andrew Klavan Show: Halloween Terror: Hillary as President! (2017) (TV Episode)
Andrew Klavan shows a "Funny of Die" clip that spoofs the movie.
Waxhouse Rock (2017) (Short)
A quote from the film is parodied.
And the Winner Isn't (2017)
A scene was recreated from the film.

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