David Fincher's Mank: The complete movie guide

A list of (all!?) movies connected to David Fincher's "Mank", especially all the movies referenced in the film.

Read the notes!: I'll explain for every movie, why it's in this list!

I focused (apart from a few minor exceptions) on movies directly connected to "Mank" (so no "Alien 3" in this list ;) )

Not in this list, because never realized / not on letterboxd:
- "Heart Of Darkness" by Orson Welles (Welles is working on this movie the first time he phones Mank, but he never made it at the end).
- "Unidentified Home Movie of William Randolph Hearst" (The home movie Marlon Davies is shooting to get ready for the talkies at San Simeon at the time she…

  • Mank

    Mank

    ★★★★★

    The movie this whole list is about ;)

  • Citizen Kane

    Citizen Kane

    ★★★★

    The movie "Mank" is about ;)

  • The Wizard of Oz

    The Wizard of Oz

    ★★½

    The movie is referenced several times during "Mank", for example a drunk Mank says, it's the movie "that will sink the studio".

  • The Virginian

    The Virginian

    Big poster on the paramount lot as Charles Lederer arrives in Hollywood.

  • Love Among the Millionaires

    Love Among the Millionaires

    Big poster on the paramount lot as Charles Lederer arrives in Hollywood.

  • The Gang Buster

    The Gang Buster

    Joseph L. Mankiewicz is dictating the line "I don't mind the heat as much as I do the humanity." for the character Cyclone in this movie during the scene in which Mank is introducing Charlie Lederer to Ben Hecht.

  • The Barefoot Contessa

    The Barefoot Contessa

    Not entirely sure about that one, but as Mank is leaving the writer's room, he says: "What I wouldn't give to see that in a tight sweater." regarding the breasts of the secretary. His brother Joe asks: "Herm, can I use that?" In this movie from Joseph L. Mankiewicz Ava Gardner (once a secretary) has a famous dance scene in a tight sweater.

  • The Four Feathers

    The Four Feathers

    Poster in David O. Selznick's office.

  • The Dance of Life

    The Dance of Life

    Poster in David O. Selznick's office.

  • Betrayal

    Betrayal

    Poster in David O. Selznick's office.

  • Frankenstein

    Frankenstein

    ★★★½

    During the fake movie pitch with David O. Selznick and Josef von Sternberg Mank, Charles Lederer and the other authors like George Kaufman, Ben Hecht, S.J. Perelman and Charles MacArthur are describing their made-up idea as "'Frankenstein and The Wolf Man all rolled into one". This version of "Frankenstein" wasn't made at that time, but Selznicks references the "cheap horror pictures Universal does".

  • The Wolf Man

    The Wolf Man

    During the fake movie pitch with David O. Selznick and Josef von Sternberg Mank, Charles Lederer and the other authors like George Kaufman, Ben Hecht, S.J. Perelman and Charles MacArthur are describing their made-up idea as "'Frankenstein and The Wolf Man all rolled into one". This version of "The Wolf Man" was made over 10 years later, but Selznicks references the "cheap horror pictures Universal does".

  • Dracula

    Dracula

    Added this too, because it's the only "cheap horror pictures Universal does", which was at that moment already in production as David O. Selznick is talking about them.

  • The Road to Mandalay

    The Road to Mandalay

    The "Lon Chaney movie" Irving Thalberg is referencing to, as he explains Louis B. Mayer who Mank is...

  • The Wild Man of Borneo

    The Wild Man of Borneo

    His brother Joe tries to persuade Mank to give up "Citizen Kane" and doing this movie based on Mank's own play instead.

  • 42nd Street

    42nd Street

    ★★★★

    Marion praises the (Warner) movie during the birthday party for (MGM boss) Mayer: "It blew my wig!"

  • The Wet Parade

    The Wet Parade

    The Upton Sinclair adaptation MGM made...

  • ¡Que Viva Mexico!

    ¡Que Viva Mexico!

    The "picture about the Russian Revolution" which Upton Sinclair financed in Mexico with his MGM money according to Mank's explanation to Marion Davies.

  • Marie Antoinette

    Marie Antoinette

    Movie is referenced several times, because MGM doesn't want to give Marion Davies the lead role. Because of that she leaves for Warner. Later Louis B. Mayer blames the late Irving Thalberg for casting Norma Shearer (Thalbergs wife) during a diner, where they speak about the movie.

  • The Barretts of Wimpole Street

    The Barretts of Wimpole Street

    The other movie, Marion Davies is referencing too, as she asks Mank if he can see her as "Elizabeth Barrett Browning or Marie Antoinette". As with "Marie Antoinette" Norma Shearer got the lead role.

  • Not So Dumb

    Not So Dumb

    ★★★½

    Mank calls Marion Davies "Dulcinea" several times. He explains it with a Spanish poem from Miguel de Cervantes, but it's a reference for this movie (which Marion Davies seems to have forgotten in "Mank"), too,:

    Dulcinea seems to be a "dumb blonde". She's a chatterbox, but with time we discover, she is not so dumb. Many people see in Marion a "dumb blonde", in part because she speaks her mind, too, but Mank knows better.

  • Tugboat Annie

    Tugboat Annie

    Manks old, out-of-luck actor friend C.C. had his last job on this movie.

  • Laugh, Clown, Laugh

    Laugh, Clown, Laugh

    Hanging with several other movie posters in the MGM floors (most of them I could not recognize because of the angle unfortunately).

  • King Kong

    King Kong

    ★★★

    Referenced as one of the two examples of Hollywood's power to make people believe (King Kong ten stories tall)

  • Secrets

    Secrets

    Referenced as one of the two examples of Hollywood's power to make people believe ("Mary Pickford a virgin at 40"). Pickford is around 40 years old and plays at the beginning of the movie a much younger woman who finds first love.

  • Elmer Gantry

    Elmer Gantry

    Okay, a little bit of a stretch, but author George Kaufman speaks during the poker game about the novel "Elmer Gantry" from Sinclair Lewis because some people think it's from Upton Sinclair. That's the adaption of the novel.

  • It's All True

    It's All True

    Documentary about the unfinished movie Orson Welles was shooting in Brazil during the Oscar ceremony.