what is cited?

zeph’s pop culture quiz #53
What is cited?
Which movie is payed homage to by the scene about to commence in the screencap? Bonus question: Which other movies are cited in the movie the screencap stems from?
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UPDATE 1 (16 December 2012):
From the attempts so far we know that it’s Telly Savalas, again as Kojak, and that the screencap does not stem from a series episode, but from a feature-length film. Here is another hint: A serious step towards the solution lies in the fact that the butler takes Kojak’s coat, shawl, and hat.

UPDATE 2 (17 December 2012):
In the conservatory
All right, as the riddle seems to be so hard, here is a screencap of how the scene continues …

UPDATE 3 (18 December 2012):
Well, Alexander Rabitsch meanwhile has correctly deduced that the screencaps stem from ‘Kojak: None so Blind’ (Metzger 1990). But he is at a loss in respect to which movie is cited by the scene depicted. The only thing on his mind is ‘Brideshead Revisited’—the movie (Jarrold 2008), the TV serial (Sturrid & Lindsay-Hogg 1981), the novel (Waugh 1945), or all three of them.
    Now, come on … a detective visits the luxurious mansion of an elderly, rich, and influential man. The butler advises him to take off hat, shawl, and coat, because the master of the house wants to meet the detective in the conservatory or sunroom [as we are in the US of A], which is superheated. Surrounded by exotic plants the detective then has a conversation with the tycoon. The latter is not only sitting in a wheelchair, but, in spite of the heat, is wrapped up in blankets. From which movie does this scene stem?
    In the solution to #52 I told all of you that I definitely take the post-series Kojak-movies to be neo-noir. So it wouldn’t be too far-fetched that here a film noir classic is cited. And as Theo Kojak undisputably is a hardboiled character, the detective in said classic may well be iconically hardboiled, too …

UPDATE 4 and solution (20 December 2012):
The butler Norris (Charles D. Brown), General Sternwood (Charles Waldron), and Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) in 'The Big Sleep' (Hawks 1946)

General Sternwood (Charles Waldron) just asked: ‘How would you like your brandy, Sir?’ to which Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) replies: ‘In a glass,’ which leaves Norris the butler (Charles D. Brown) somewhat consternated.

The second screencap with the description and additional hints finally did it and Alhambra solved the riddle—congratulations! Alexander Rabitsch then quickly came up with a matching screencap. The scene cited is from the opening sequence of ‘The Big Sleep’ (Hawks 1946), based on Raymond Chandler’s debut novel of the same name (1939), starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. For more on Chandler, Bogart, hardboiled and noir see e.g. who wrote it? and the simple art of murder. Besides the conservatory scene and all the noir elements, ‘None so Blind’ has even more in common with ‘The Big Sleep’ … a wonderfully convoluted plot.
    While filming ‘The Big Sleep’ an argument unfolded between Howard Hawks, Bogart and the trio William Faulkner, Leigh Brackett, and Jules Furthmann who had adapted Chandler’s novel for the screen. The question was if the chauffeur Owen Taylor (Dan Wallace) had been murdered or had commited suicide. Finally the five of them agreed to ask Chandler himself. In a letter the latter three years later recalled:

I remember, several years ago when Howard Hawks was making [‘The Big Sleep’], he and Bogart got into an argument as to whether one of the characters was murdered or committed suicide. They sent me a wire (there’s a joke about this too) asking me, and dammit I didn’t know either. Of course I got hooted at. (Chandler 2000 [1949])

Yet, there seems to be something more the matter with ‘The Big Sleep’s convoluted plot. Again speaking of ‘None so Blind’ … I’ve watched it two times in short sequence and, quite honestly, still am not so sure about some parts of the plot.
    However, all this still leaves us with the bonus question: Which other movies are cited in ‘None so Blind’? ;)

UPDATE 5 and bonus screencap (20 December 2012):
Screencap from 'Kojak: None so Blind' (Metzger 1990)
Due to public demand: Which other movie is cited here?

UPDATE 6 and bonus solution (05 January 2013):
Screencap from the shower scene in 'Psycho' (Hitchcock 1960)
Alhambra immediately recognized that in the bonus screencap of course the famous shower scene from ‘Psycho’ (Hitchcock 1960) is cited. Congratulations.
    To my eye there may several more movies being cited in ‘None So Blind,’ but I can’t show them clearly by screencaps, yet. So, I guess I’ll keep those other movies for later quizzes :)

CHANDLER, RAYMOND THORNTON. 1939. The big sleep. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.
CHANDLER, RAYMOND THORNTON. 2000 [1949]. “Letter to Jamie Hamilton, 21 March 1949,” in The Raymond Chandler papers edited by Tom Hiney and Frank MacShane, p. 105. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press.
HAWKS, HOWARD WINCHESTER. 1946. The big sleep [motion picture]. Burbank: Warner Bros.
HITCHCOCK, Sir ALFRED JOSEPH. 1960. Psycho [motion picture]. Hollywood: Paramount Pictures.
JARROLD, JULIAN. 2008. Brideshead revisited [motion picture]. New York: Miramax Films.
METZGER, ALAN. 1990. Kojak: None so blind [TV movie]. New York: CBS.
STURRID, CHARLES B. G. AND Sir MICHAEL EDWARD LINDSAY-HOGG. 1981. Brideshead revisited [TV serial]. 11 episodes. London: ITV.
WAUGH, ARTHUR EVELYN ST. JOHN. 1945. Brideshead revisited: The sacred & profane memories of Captain Charles Ryder. London: Chapman & Hall.
  • Alhambra Thursday, 13th December 2012 at 19:44

    Is the guy on the left side again Telly Savalas?

    • zephyrin_xirdal Thursday, 13th December 2012 at 20:24

      Yes, it again is Telly Savalas.

  • Alexander Rabitsch Thursday, 13th December 2012 at 21:10

    … and of course he´s Kojak and it´s a movie … I guess …

  • Alhambra Thursday, 13th December 2012 at 23:03

    … or “Crooks and Coronets”?

    • zephyrin_xirdal Friday, 14th December 2012 at 12:14

      No, sorry, it’s not ‘Crooks and Coronets,’ Alexander Rabitsch is correct so far: Savalas again is Kojak, and it’s a feature-length movie.

  • Alexander Rabitsch Sunday, 16th December 2012 at 19:36

    The Price of Justice I guess since there are only two movies …

    • zephyrin_xirdal Sunday, 16th December 2012 at 19:48

      No, sorry, it’s not ‘The Price of Justice’ … don’t be misled by what Wikipedia calls a TV movie and what not. For example the pilot of Kojak, ‘The Marcus-Nelson Murders’ runs a full 137 minutes and originally was planned as a standalone movie, and not the beginning of a series. Hence it should be considered a TV movie. The movie the screencap stems from has feature-film length and IMDb considers it a TV movie.

  • Alexander Rabitsch Sunday, 16th December 2012 at 19:45

    wrong … it´s rather from none so blind … makes more sense to me

    • zephyrin_xirdal Sunday, 16th December 2012 at 19:49

      It’s from ‘None so Blind’ indeed—congratulations! And now: what the hell is cited? ;) … the clues are all in the picture.

  • Alexander Rabitsch Sunday, 16th December 2012 at 19:53

    Just trying to find out xD

  • Alexander Rabitsch Monday, 17th December 2012 at 11:51

    … no idea …. I quit ….

    • zephyrin_xirdal Monday, 17th December 2012 at 12:29

      Do not despair—I just posted yet another screencap … :)

  • Alexander Rabitsch Monday, 17th December 2012 at 13:44

    All I can think of is >>Brideshead Revisited<< :D

  • Alhambra Tuesday, 18th December 2012 at 07:47

    The big sleep.

    • zephyrin_xirdal Thursday, 20th December 2012 at 17:56

      This is absolutely correct—congratulations!

  • Alexander Rabitsch Tuesday, 18th December 2012 at 08:08
    • zephyrin_xirdal Thursday, 20th December 2012 at 17:56

      Yes, that is the scene :)

  • Alhambra Tuesday, 18th December 2012 at 12:13

    Jap, looks good!

  • Alexander Rabitsch Tuesday, 18th December 2012 at 13:16

    xD excellent!

  • Alhambra Wednesday, 19th December 2012 at 20:32

    Big Zeph’s still waiting for the answer of the bonus question – I cannot answer it! Can You, Mr Rabitsch?

  • Alexander Rabitsch Thursday, 20th December 2012 at 12:00

    No way! I tried to check it out via google … couldn´t find anything. And, alas, I´ve got a big problem: I´m out of time……so, there´s no way watching the movie. Maybe Zeph will be so kind and give some more information using screenshots….

    • zephyrin_xirdal Thursday, 20th December 2012 at 17:57

      Really? Shall I? Furnish you with more screencaps? ;)

  • Alexander Rabitsch Thursday, 20th December 2012 at 19:16

    Oh pretty please! xD

    • zephyrin_xirdal Thursday, 20th December 2012 at 20:21

      All right, I complied and posted a bonus screencap :)

  • Alhambra Friday, 21st December 2012 at 08:45

    Psycho? :-)

    • zephyrin_xirdal Saturday, 5th January 2013 at 15:00

      Yes, of course—congratulations! :) I updated the post accordingly.

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