Breaking The Fourth Wall

by karljhickey14 | created - 11 Oct 2015 | updated - 5 months ago | Public

Listed as I see them , or think of them . Films told in the first person don't count , where actors talk directly to camera throughout - they are still in character.

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1. They All Kissed the Bride (1942)

Approved | 85 min | Comedy, Romance

Divine Crawford who gives all - in this really funny comedy , she donated all her salary from this movie to the red cross after Carol Lombard's plane crashed .

Director: Alexander Hall | Stars: Joan Crawford, Melvyn Douglas, Roland Young, Billie Burke

Votes: 530

When Joan Crawford falls asleep on his shoulder , Melvyn Douglas looks at the audience

2. Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

Not Rated | 118 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

A drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family.

Director: Frank Capra | Stars: Cary Grant, Priscilla Lane, Raymond Massey, Jack Carson

Votes: 63,203

3. God Told Me To (1976)

R | 91 min | Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi

A New York detective investigates a series of murders committed by random New Yorkers who claim that "God told them to."

Director: Larry Cohen | Stars: Tony Lo Bianco, Deborah Raffin, Sandy Dennis, Sylvia Sidney

Votes: 4,311

At the end , Tony Lo Bianco says the title of the movie , smiling and looking right at us .

4. Half Past Midnight (1948)

Approved | 69 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

A man with an affinity for trouble meets a girl in distress in a nightclub. She becomes involved in the murder of a Spanish dancer and both of them become major suspects. The couple, ... See full summary »

Director: William F. Claxton | Stars: Kent Taylor, Peggy Knudsen, Joe Sawyer, Walter Sande

Votes: 22

At the end , after seeing the two main characters kiss , Mabel Paige looks in to the audience and says "What are you doing tonight , deary ?"

5. Animal Crackers (1930)

G | 97 min | Comedy, Musical

Mayhem and zaniness ensue when a valuable painting goes missing during a party in honor of famed African explorer Captain Spaulding.

Director: Victor Heerman | Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, The Marx Brothers

Votes: 12,711

At the end Ann Rutherford confides to the audience "I knew I'd get him before this was over"

7. Flic Story (1975)

112 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

This movie depicts the authentic story of the hunt for the dangerous criminal Emile Buisson, who escaped from prison in 1947. During three years Buisson manages to hide from detective ... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Deray | Stars: Alain Delon, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Renato Salvatori, Claudine Auger

Votes: 1,850

At the end Alain Delon talks to the camera as he relates the execution of the gangster .

8. True to Life (1943)

94 min | Comedy

A writer for a radio program needs some fresh ideas to juice up his show. For inspiration, he rents a room with a typical American family and begins to secretly write about their true life ... See full summary »

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Mary Martin, Franchot Tone, Dick Powell, Victor Moore

Votes: 65

At the end , Franchot Tone is going through his little black book , then seems to catch someone's eye in the audience and says "How about you , luscious ?" before howling like a wolf .

9. Duck Soup (1933)

Not Rated | 69 min | Comedy, Musical, War

93 Metascore

Rufus T. Firefly is named president/dictator of bankrupt Freedonia and declares war on neighboring Sylvania over the love of wealthy Mrs. Teasdale.

Director: Leo McCarey | Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Zeppo Marx

Votes: 53,743

10. The Big Store (1941)

Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy, Musical

A detective is hired to protect the life of a singer, who has recently inherited a department store, from the store's crooked manager.

Director: Charles Reisner | Stars: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Tony Martin

Votes: 4,549

Groucho again , but Harpo does it as well

11. A Day at the Races (1937)

Passed | 111 min | Comedy, Musical, Sport

A veterinarian posing as a doctor and a race-horse owner and his friends struggle to help keep a sanitarium open with the help of a misfit race-horse.

Director: Sam Wood | Stars: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Allan Jones

Votes: 12,468

12. Horse Feathers (1932)

Not Rated | 68 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Quincy Adams Wagstaff, the new president of Huxley University, accidentally hires bumblers Baravelli and Pinky to help his school win the big football game against the rival Darwin University.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, The Marx Brothers

Votes: 11,257

13. A Night in Casablanca (1946)

Passed | 85 min | Comedy

The Marx Brothers are employed at a hotel in postwar Casablanca, where a ring of Nazis is trying to recover a cache of stolen treasure.

Director: Archie Mayo | Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Charles Drake

Votes: 5,694

Groucho several times - "That reminds me , I must get my watch fixed"

14. Love Happy (1949)

Passed | 85 min | Comedy, Crime, Music

The Marx Brothers help young Broadway hopefuls while thwarting diamond thieves.

Director: David Miller | Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Ilona Massey

Votes: 2,439

Groucho - apart from introducing the film , when Marilyn Monroe appears says "Is there anything I can do for you ? " , looks at us and says "What a ridiculous question !" . Then near the end , when he wants to search Ilona Massey , turns and says "If this were a french picture I could do it !"

15. A Full Day's Work (1973)

95 min | Comedy, Crime

A father plan to kill in the same day the 9 members of the jury who had condemned his son to the death sentence.

Director: Jean-Louis Trintignant | Stars: Jacques Dufilho, Luce Marquand, Franco Pesce, Albin Guichard

Votes: 230

At one point when following a car , the camera goes the other way and we hear the director's voice , later on the radio plays the hunter's theme , and says it's from the film .

16. Actors and Sin (1952)

Not Rated | 82 min | Comedy, Drama

Two-part story--the first is about a washed-up Broadway actor and his tough daughter, who is a bigger star than he is; the second is about a literary agent whose newest client--a ... See full summary »

Directors: Ben Hecht, Lee Garmes | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Eddie Albert, Marsha Hunt, Dan O'Herlihy

Votes: 119

At the end , the child looks at the camera and keeps on talking.

17. Up in Mabel's Room (1944)

Approved | 76 min | Comedy

Newly-married Gary Ainsworth once gave his former sweetheart Mabel a sexy negligee with his initials embroidered in the lacework. It is Gary's unenviable task to retrieve the incriminating undergarment from Mabel's room.

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: Marjorie Reynolds, Dennis O'Keefe, Gail Patrick, Mischa Auer

Votes: 140

Mischa Auer looks at camera and says "There must be an easier way to earn a living", and at the end "Operator , you better switch to another picture - this will never get past the censors!"

18. Brooklyn Orchid (1942)

Approved | 50 min | Comedy

Taxicab company owners Tim McGuerin and Eddie Corbett rescue Lucy Gibbs from a suicide attempt and she insists on placing her life and destiny in the hands of her two rescuers. From there, ... See full summary »

Director: Kurt Neumann | Stars: William Bendix, Joe Sawyer, Marjorie Woodworth, Grace Bradley

Votes: 79

at the end Grace Bradley looks at the audience ,wags her finger and says "That'll be the last howl out of those wolves!"

19. Let's Face It (1943)

Approved | 76 min | Musical

A soldier stationed on an army base and his fiancé, who runs a women's "fat farm" nearby, want to get married but don't have enough money. Three customers of the "fat farm" scheme to get ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Lanfield | Stars: Bob Hope, Betty Hutton, Zasu Pitts, Phyllis Povah

Votes: 118

Twice - Bob Hope makes a joke about how butchers have so little and the fat women have so lot , and at the end looks at us and says "Well I was out for a whole year "

20. Rhythm and Weep (1946)

17 min | Short, Comedy, Music

The stooges are actors who can't seem to find a job, so they decide to jump off a high building and end it all. On the roof top they meet three girl dancers with the same idea. Before they ... See full summary »

Director: Jules White | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Gloria Patrice

Votes: 303

Larry kisses the girl and says to us "This I like ! And I get paid for it too !"

21. Slave Girl (1947)

Approved | 80 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

An American adventurer goes to Tripoli to rescue some kidnapped sailors, but gets involved with a beautiful slave girl.

Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Yvonne De Carlo, George Brent, Broderick Crawford, Albert Dekker

Votes: 80

Humpy the camel interrupts the picture throughout , "I've seen this picture"

22. Three Smart Saps (1942)

Approved | 17 min | Comedy, Short

The stooges are engaged to the three daughters of a prison warden. When they learn that some crooks have taken over the prison and their prospective father-in-law has been locked up, they ... See full summary »

Director: Jules White | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Julie Gibson

Votes: 357

At the end they break into song , looking at the camera , and Curly barks at the audience .

23. What's the Matador? (1942)

17 min | Comedy, Short

The stooges are actors traveling to perform at a fiesta in Mexico. After they accidentally switch suitcases with that of Dolores, a lovely senorita they met on trip down, they must sneak ... See full summary »

Director: Jules White | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Suzanne Kaaren

Votes: 325

When the Stooges break into a dance , Curly gets carried away and walks straight into the camera .

24. So Long Mr. Chumps (1941)

17 min | Comedy, Short

The stooges are street cleaners who find some valuable bonds and return them to their owner. The man is so grateful that he offers them a big reward if they can find an honest man with ... See full summary »

Director: Jules White | Stars: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Dorothy Appleby

Votes: 330

At the end , when cracking rocks on Curly's head , Curly says "Hey , wait a minute ! That's a real one ! "

25. Repossessed (1990)

PG-13 | 80 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

Parody of The Exorcist (1973), with Linda Blair once again possessed by Satan, and Leslie Nielsen as the exorcist.

Director: Bob Logan | Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Linda Blair, Ned Beatty, Anthony Starke

Votes: 7,793 | Gross: $1.38M

Several , including Leslie Nielsen's priest swears at start , then looks sheepishly at us , Linda Blair "breaks" the film at one point .

26. Spaceballs (1987)

PG | 96 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

46 Metascore

A star pilot and his sidekick must come to the rescue of a Princess and save the galaxy from a ruthless race of beings known as Spaceballs.

Director: Mel Brooks | Stars: Mel Brooks, John Candy, Rick Moranis, Bill Pullman

Votes: 164,784 | Gross: $38.12M

Several - when they don't want know what to do next they watch the video , they turn the film off by accident etc etc

27. Blazing Saddles (1974)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Western

73 Metascore

In order to ruin a western town, a corrupt politician appoints a black Sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary.

Director: Mel Brooks | Stars: Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens, Harvey Korman

Votes: 120,296 | Gross: $119.50M

When Harvey Korman is asking out loud "What am I asking you for ?" , and the general anarchy at the end - fighting in the Warner Bros Studio , Harvey Korman attending the premiere of the film , etc

28. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

PG | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

93 Metascore

King Arthur (Graham Chapman) and his Knights of the Round Table embark on a surreal, low-budget search for the Holy Grail, encountering many, very silly obstacles.

Directors: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones | Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam

Votes: 481,152 | Gross: $1.23M

Main one , a historian is killed by one of the characters in the film , the police start investigating and eventually come after the cast and crew .

29. The Flight of the Phoenix (1965)

Not Rated | 142 min | Adventure, Drama

After a plane crash in the Sahara, one of the survivors says he's an airplane designer and they can make a flyable plane from the wreckage.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: James Stewart, Richard Attenborough, Peter Finch, Hardy Krüger

Votes: 18,143

In the credits sequence , a passenger - played by the director's brother , acknowledges the audience ( before being killed instantly when the film starts !)

30. The Omen (1976)

R | 111 min | Horror

62 Metascore

Mysterious deaths surround an American ambassador. Could the child that he is raising actually be the Antichrist? The Devil's own son?

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, Harvey Stephens, David Warner

Votes: 102,431 | Gross: $4.27M

In a classic the end ? moment , Damien turns and smiles at us .

31. Tom Jones (1963)

Not Rated | 129 min | Adventure, Comedy, History

77 Metascore

The romantic and chivalrous adventures of adopted bastard Tom Jones in 18th-century England.

Director: Tony Richardson | Stars: Albert Finney, Susannah York, George Devine, Rachel Kempson

Votes: 10,970 | Gross: $37.60M

Albert Finney asks us if we saw who robbed him .

32. Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)

PG-13 | 104 min | Adventure, Comedy, Musical

44 Metascore

A spoof of Robin Hood in general, and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) in particular.

Director: Mel Brooks | Stars: Cary Elwes, Richard Lewis, Roger Rees, Amy Yasbeck

Votes: 111,458 | Gross: $35.74M

Several , at the end the villagers shout "A black sheriff ?" to which the response is "Why not ? It worked in Blazing Saddles"

33. Airplane! (1980)

PG | 88 min | Comedy

78 Metascore

A man afraid to fly must ensure that a plane lands safely after the pilots become sick.

Directors: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker | Stars: Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Leslie Nielsen, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Votes: 199,694 | Gross: $83.40M

Loads , when Ted turns , looks at us and says "What a pisser !" , the character Johnny is always looking at the camera when he speaks .

34. Airplane II: The Sequel (1982)

PG | 85 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

48 Metascore

A faulty computer causes a passenger space shuttle to head straight for the Sun. Can Ted Striker save the day and get the shuttle back on track - again?

Director: Ken Finkleman | Stars: Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Lloyd Bridges, Raymond Burr

Votes: 46,870 | Gross: $27.15M

At the end they announce Airplane 3 , William Shatner reappears and says "That's just what they'd expect us to do !"

35. Where There's Life (1947)

Approved | 75 min | Comedy, Thriller

The American son of an Eastern European monarch wounded in an assassination attempt becomes a target for a terrorist organization.

Director: Sidney Lanfield | Stars: Bob Hope, Signe Hasso, William Bendix, George Coulouris

Votes: 300

36. This Thing Called Love (1940)

Passed | 98 min | Comedy

Two professional people marry, but the wife insists that they be celibate for the first three months, just to see if they are truly compatible. The husband tries various tricks to lure his ... See full summary »

Director: Alexander Hall | Stars: Rosalind Russell, Melvyn Douglas, Binnie Barnes, Allyn Joslyn

Votes: 102

Rosalind Russell says "I don't get it ! " , turns and looks at the camera and says "Do you ?!"

37. The Return of the Vampire (1943)

Not Rated | 69 min | Drama, Horror

When an errant bomb unearths the coffin of a vampire during the London Blitz, a gravedigger unknowingly reanimates the monster by removing the stake from his heart

Director: Lew Landers | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Frieda Inescort, Nina Foch, Roland Varno

Votes: 1,845 | Gross: $1.09M

At the end , Miles Mander asks his police if they believe in vampires , then turns to us and says "And do you people ?"

38. Service de Luxe (1938)

85 min | Comedy

The manager of a service agency for the wealthy clashes with - and falls for - an inventor who is seeking funding for a new kind of tractor.

Director: Rowland V. Lee | Stars: Constance Bennett, Vincent Price, Charles Ruggles, Helen Broderick

Votes: 139

At the end , Mischa Auer says : "My spirit, Mofshovsky, tells me this is - The End. " , and rolls his eyes at us .

39. The Rage of Paris (1938)

Approved | 78 min | Comedy

Nicole has no job and is several weeks behind with her rent. Her solution to her problem is to try and snare a rich husband. Enlisting the help of her friend Gloria and the maitre'd at a ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: Danielle Darrieux, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Mischa Auer, Louis Hayward

Votes: 658

At about 45 mins , after looking at Douglas Fairbanks , Mischa Auer glances triumphantly straight at the camera .

40. What a Woman! (1943)

Approved | 94 min | Comedy, Romance

A literary agent is pursued by the charming writer of a popular magazine while she attempts to sway one of her clients, a handsome but innocent college professor, to star in an upcoming movie based on his best-selling novel The Whirlwind.

Director: Irving Cummings | Stars: Rosalind Russell, Brian Aherne, Willard Parker, Alan Dinehart

Votes: 234

At the end , Senator Ainslie finally get's to blow out his candles , and winks at us .

41. Trading Places (1983)

R | 116 min | Comedy

69 Metascore

A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires.

Director: John Landis | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche

Votes: 129,037 | Gross: $90.40M

When Ralph Bellamy is painstakingly explaining to Eddie Murphy what bacon is , Murphy looks at us .

42. Dr. Christian Meets the Women (1940)

Approved | 68 min | Drama

A "professor" hits Dr. Christian's town, promising the local women dramatic weight loss in a very short time if they follow his regimen of strict diet and a particular type of diet pill. Dr... See full summary »

Director: William C. McGann | Stars: Jean Hersholt, Dorothy Lovett, Edgar Kennedy, Rod La Rocque

Votes: 72

At the end , Jean Hersholt laughs to the camera . Most of the series end with him breaking the wall .

43. Road to Rio (1947)

Approved | 100 min | Adventure, Comedy, Musical

Two inept vaudevillians stow away on a Brazilian-bound ocean liner and foil a plot by a sinister hypnotist to marry off her niece to a greedy fortune hunter.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Gale Sondergaard

Votes: 2,994 | Gross: $4.50M

Several times , on the high wire bicycle Bob Hope says "This picture could end right here !" , later , describing the exciting plot , cries are heard off screen , the response "The Warner brothers are jealous"

44. Road to Bali (1952)

Approved | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

Two unemployed show-biz pals accept treasure-diving work in Bali for a local princess and they find treasure, love and trouble.

Director: Hal Walker | Stars: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Murvyn Vye

Votes: 4,298

Several , when Crosby asks Hope how he got out of the diving suit , they look suspiciously at us , and move off so we don't hear , then Crosby walks up to us , even more confused . And Hope tries to stop the "the end" .

45. Rogues Gallery (1944)

Approved | 60 min | Mystery, Thriller

Reporter Patsy Reynolds (Robin Raymond) and photographer Eddie Porter