The librarian(s) plays a cameo role and is seen only briefly with little or no dialogue.
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Details: Dir. Frank Tashlin. Perf. Tony Randall, Robert Morley, Anita Ekberg. MGM, 1965. Based on the novel by Agatha Christie.
Synopsis: A comedic take on Christie’s novel.
Role Call: Stringer Davis as Mr. Stringer—Comic Relief (male)
Details: Dir. Marc Webb. Perf. Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Martin Sheen, Rhys Ifans. Columbia, 2012. Based on the Marvel comic book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.
Synopsis: A reboot of Spider-Man, with creator Stan Lee camping it up in a librarian cameo.
Role Call: Stan Lee as School Librarian — Comic Relief (male)
Details: Dir. Stuart Rosenberg. Perf. James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger. American International Pictures, 1979. Based on the book by Jay Anson.
Synopsis: A horror film about a family who moves into a house with a scary past.
Role Call: Two uncredited females—Spinster Librarians
Details: Dir. Irwin Winkler. Perf. Val Kilmer, Mira Sorvino, Kelly McGillis. MGM, 1999. Based on the true story of Shirl & Barbara Jennings, and the essay “To See and Not See” in An Anthropologist on Mars by Dr. Oliver Sacks.
Synopsis: Based on a true story about a blind man who has his eyesight restored. There’s a brief cameo from a spunky librarian friend.
Role Call: Margo Winkler as Nancy Bender—Information Provider (female)
Details: Dir. Joan Chen. Perf. Richard Gere, Winona Ryder, Vera Farmiga. MGM, 2000.
Synopsis: An older playboy (Gere) falls in love with a young woman (Ryder) who’s terminally ill, and he discovers a long-lost daughter (Farmiga).
Role Call: Delores Mitchell as Librarian—Information Provider (female)
Details: Dir. Jeremiah S. Chechik. Perf. Ralph Fiennes, Uma Thurman, Sean Connery, Jim Broadbent, Fiona Shaw. Warner Bros., 1998. Based on the British TV show.
Synopsis: British agents John Steed (Fiennes) and Emma Peel (Thurman) unite against Sir August De Wynter (Connery), who attempts to control the world by a weather machine.
Role Call: Patrick Macnee as Invisible Jones—Information Provider/Comic Relief (male)
Details: Dir. Penny Marshall. Perf. Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Julie Kavner, Penelope Ann Miller. Columbia, 1990. Based on the book by Oliver Sacks.
Synopsis: Based on a true story, Dr. Sayer (Williams) finds a new treatment for a ward of comatose patients.
Role Call: Adam Bryant as Librarian—Information Provider (male)
Details: Dir. Charles Shyer. Perf. Diane Keaton, Sam Shepard, Sam Wanamaker. United Artists, 1987.
Synopsis: A comedy about a career woman (Keaton) who inherits a baby from a distant relative.
Role Call: Uncredited female—Information Provider (female)
Details: Dir. Ron Underwood. Perf. Blythe Danner, Faye Dunaway, Peter Fonda. Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions, 2004. Based on the novel by Anne Tyler.
Synopsis: An older woman, Rebecca (Danner), looks back over her life and rekindles a relationship with a former beau, Will (Fonda).
Role Call: Lynette DuPree as Librarian—Information Provider (female)
Details: Dir. Ted Demme. Perf. Matt Dillon, Timothy Hutton, Michael Rapaport, Mira Sorvino, Rosie O’Donnell, Uma Thurman, Natalie Portman. Miramax, 1996.
Synopsis: AWillie Conway (Hutton) revisits his small hometown for a high school reunion. A breakup scene takes place in the local public library.
Role Call: Uncredited female—Information Provider (female)
Details: Dir. Michael Goldenberg. Perf. Christian Slater, Mary Stuart Masterson. New Line, 1996.
Synopsis: Romantic drama about a career woman (Masterson) who falls in love with a florist (Slater).
Role Call: Mary Alice as Alice—Information Provider (female)
Details: Dir. Fernanda Cardoso. Perf. Allison McAtee, Sarah Stouffer. Frontier Studios, 2010.
Synopsis: Coming-of-age drama about a former child actress (Stouffer) who attends college and falls in love with a female psychology professor (McAtee). When she gets a chance to return to Hollywood, what will she choose?
Role Call: Megan Martz as Library Attendant—Information Provider (female)
Details: Dir. Douglas Trumbull. Perf. Natalie Wood, Christopher Walken, Louise Fletcher, Cliff Robertson. MGM/UA, 1983.
Synopsis: Brilliant researcher Michael Brace (Christopher Walken) has developed a system of recording and replaying actual experiences of people, complete with the “higher brain functions” of thoughts, emotions, senses of smell, etc. There are a few moments toward the end of the film that highlight the Tape Library and its technicians.
Role Call: Jimmy Casino as Tape Library Technician — Information Provider (male); May Raymond Boss as Tape Library Woman — Information Provider (female); Clay Boss as Tape Library Man — Information Provider (male)—Information Provider (female)
Details: Dir. David Lean. Perf. Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard. Cineguild, 1945.
Synopsis: Romantic drama about an ordinary English wife and mother (Johnson) and an ordinary English husband and father (Howard) who meet one day by chance and fall in love. The woman stops by the Boots Lending Library on her weekly shopping trip.
Role Call: Uncredited female as Miss Lewis — Information Provider (female)
Details: Dir. J. Lee Thompson. Perf. Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, Polly Bergen. Universal, 1962. Based on the novel by John D. MacDonald
Synopsis: A lawyer’s family is terrorized by a violent man (played by Robert Mitchum).
Role Call: Josephine Smith as Librarian (uncredited)—Information Provider (female)
Details: Dir. Joseph Sargent. Perf. Stephanie Zimbalist, Pamela Reed, George Grizzard, Patricia Neal. Hallmark Hall of Fame, 1990. Based on the book Father’s Arcane Daughter by E. L. Konigsburg.
Synopsis: This Emmy-winning TV movie focuses on a mysterious woman (Stephanie Zimbalist) who claims to be a rich man’s daughter, Caroline Carmichael, long presumed to have been killed in a plane crash fourteen years earlier. Is she really Caroline? The film explores that question, but goes to some unexpected places, including the education of handicapped children. Caroline’s younger half-brother Winston goes to the public library in one scene to look up old newspaper articles about the plane crash.
Role Call: Laura Whyte as Librarian — Information Provider
Details: Dir. Brad Silberling. Perf. Meg Ryan, Nicolas Cage, Dennis Franz. Warner Bros., 1998.
Synopsis: Set in San Francisco, an angel (Cage) becomes romantically involved with a doctor (Ryan).
Role Call: Sid Hillman as Librarian—Information Provider (male)
Details: Dir. Paul Weiland. Perf. Billy Crystal, Daniel Stern, Jon Lovitz, Jack Palance. Castle Rock Entertainment/Warner Home Video, 1994.
Synopsis: The sequel to the more entertaining City Slickers (1991). There is a brief scene in a public library, where Mitch (Billy Crystal) and Phil (Daniel Stern) discover information from old newspaper articles on microfilm. They get shushed several times.
Role Call: Helen Siff as Shushing Lady — Comic Relief; Unidentified male — Information Provider (male)
Details: Dir. Anatole Litvak. Perf. Edward G. Robinson, George Sanders, Paul Lukas. Warner Bros., 1939. Based on articles by Leon G. Turrou.
Synopsis: WWII propaganda film about a G-Man (Robinson) who investigates a Nazi spy ring in the U.S.
Role Call: Uncredited male—Information Provider (male)
Details: Dir. Martin Campbell. Perf. Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon, Tess Harper. MGM, 1988.
Synopsis: Hotshot lawyer Ben Chase (Oldman) successfully defends a client (Bacon), realizing after that his client is guilty. In one scene about a half-hour into the film, Ben visits an old professor in the law library. Everyone seems to be on familiar and friendly terms with the librarian.
Role Call: Irene Kessler as Librarian Peggy — Information Provider (female)
Details: Dir. John N. Smith. Perf. Michelle Pfeiffer, George Dzunda, Courtney B. Vance. Hollywood Pictures-Buena Vista, 1995. Based on the book My Posse Don’t Do Homework by LouAnne Johnson.
Synopsis: An ex-Marine (Pfeiffer) struggles to connect with her students in an inner city high school.
Role Call: Jeff Feringa as Librarian #1; Sarah Marshall as Librarian #2—both Information Providers (female)
Details: Dir. Finn Taylor. Perf. David Arquette, Brad Hunt, Kathryn Erbe. Sony Pictures Classics, 1997.
Synopsis: Nick (Hunt), who is terminally ill, inspires Terry (Arquette), a suicidal voyeur.
Role Call: Beth Daly as Librarian & Uncredited female—both Information Providers (female)
Details: Dir. Michael Patrick Jann. Perf. Kirsten Dunst, Kirstie Alley, Denise Richards, Ellen Barkin, Allison Janney. New Line Cinema, 1999.
Synopsis: A pitch-black comedy about a local beauty pageant. The plot includes murder, a huge swan float engulfed in flames, beauty pageant contestants upchucking contaminated seafood, and more!
Role Call: Claudia Wilkens as Iona Hildebrandt, 1945 Winner—Comic Relief (female)
Ella Enchanted (2004)
Details: Dir. Tommy O’Haver. Perf. Anne Hathaway, Hugh Dancy, Cary Elwes. Miramax, 2004. Based on the book by Gail Carson Levine.
Synopsis: The well-known Cinderella plot hinges on Ella’s gift of obedience bestowed by a fairy godmother, Lucinda (Vivica A. Fox), whom Ella is trying to find in order to release this curse of a blessing. Ella tries to find some record of Lucinda in the castle’s Hall of Records, where an archives clerk is most unhelpful.
Role Call: Merrina Millsapp as Hall of Records Attendant—Information Provider (female)
Details: Dir.Andy Tennant. Perf. Drew Barrymore, Dougray Scott, Anjelica Huston. 20th Century Fox, 1998. Based on the fairytale by Charles Perrault.
Synopsis: Another Cinderella-inspired story, one including a first date to a monastery library.
Role Call: Uncredited males as monastery librarians / monks —Information Provider s(male)
Details: Dir. Gus Van Sant. Perf. Sean Connery, Rob Brown, F. Murray Abraham. Columbia, 2000.
Synopsis: A reclusive author (Connery) becomes a mentor to a young African American writing prodigy (Brown).
Role Call: Sophia Wu as Librarian—Information Provider (female)
Details: Dir. Jim Abrahams. Perf. Meryl Streep, Fred Ward, Seth Adkins, Allison Janney. ABC/Buena Vista Home Video, 1997.
Synopsis: This TV movie, based on real events, details one mother’s (Streep) struggle to find a treatment for her epileptic son (Adkins).
Note: Even though the library sign clearly identifies it as a Kansas City Public Library branch, the library interiors were filmed at the Toronto Public Library (the same library seen in the TV movie Personals, which was set in California).
Role Call: Barbara Stewart as Librarian—Information Provider (female); Uncredited male—Information Provider (male)
Details: Dir. Joseph Ruben. Perf. Julianne Moore, Dominic West, Anthony Edwards. Columbia, 2004.
Synopsis: Telly Paretta (Moore) tries to deal with her grief over her son’s death, only to be told one day that her son never existed.
Role Call: Katie Cooper as Library Clerk—Information Provider (female)
Details: Dir. Bill Condon. Perf. Ian McKellan, Brendan Fraser, Lynn Redgrave. Lions Gate, 1998. Based on the book Father of Frankenstein by Christopher Bram.
Synopsis: Famed horror film director James Whale (McKellan) develops a friendship with his hunky young gardener (Fraser).
Role Call: Lisa Vastine as Librarian—Information Provider (female)
Details: Dir. Victor Saville. Perf. Jessie Matthews, Edmund Gwenn, John Gielgud, Mary Glynne. Gaumont British Picture Corporation, 1933. Based on the novel by J. B. Priestley.
Synopsis: Three wayward souls find their way to a variety troupe called the “Dinky Doos” — thankfully, they change the name straightaway to “The Good Companions,” hence the title. A brief library scene with the first “Shush!” from a reel librarian.
Role Call: Hugh E. Wright as Librarian — Information Provider (male)
Details: Dir. Hart Bochner. Perf. Jon Lovitz, Tia Carrere, Louise Fletcher, Mekhi Phifer. TriStar, 1996.
Synopsis: A parody of films like Dangerous Minds, a naïve teacher (Lovitz) gets a job at a high school in the hood.
Role Call: Uncredited female—Comic Relief (female)
Details: Dir. Peter Yates. Perf. Kelly McGillis, Jeff Daniels, Mandy Patinkin. Orion, 1988.
Synopsis: A woman (McGillis), who is fired after refusing to give names to the House Un-American Activities Committee, overhears a suspicious argument in the house next door.
Role Call: William Duff-Griffin as Wentworth, FBI Librarian—Information Provider (male)
Details: Dir. Charles Shyer. Perf. Nick Nolte, Julia Roberts, Saul Rubinek. Touchstone—Buena Vista, 1994.
Synopsis: Rival reporters Peter and Sabrina (Nolte & Roberts) team up to investigate corrupt scientists at a chemical company.
Role Call: Annie Meyers-Shyer as Student Librarian and an uncredited female—both Information Providers (female)
I Love You to Death (1990)
Details: Dir. Lawrence Kasdan. Perf. Kevin Kline, Tracey Ullman, Joan Plowright, River Phoenix, Keanu Reeves, William Hurt. TriStar, 199o.
Synopsis: In this black comedy, a loyal Italian-American wife, Rosalie (Ullman), tries to kill her husband — several times — when she finds out that her husband, Joey (Kline), is cheating. And where does she find out about his philandering ways? In her local public library.
Role Call: Audrey Rapoport as Librarian and an uncredited female—both Information Providers (female)
In God’s Country (TV, 2007)
Details: Dir. Kelly Rowan. Lifetime Television, 2007.
Synopsis: A mother (Rowan) living in a polygamous religious community escapes with her children, and they struggle to adjust living “on the outside.”
Role Call: Agi Gallus as Librarian—Information Provider (female)
Incident at Dark River (aka Dark River: A Father’s Revenge, TV, 1989)
Details: Dir. Michael Pressman. Perf. Mike Farrell, Tess Harper, Helen Hunt. TNT, 1989.
Synopsis: The story of a father, Tim McFall, investigating his daughter’s death, which was caused by toxic waste dumped in the river by the town’s biggest employer, the local manufacturing factory. In one brief scene, he seeks the help of a librarian at his college library.
Role Call: Michaela Nelligan as Librarian — Information Provider (female)
Details: Dir. Steven Spielberg. Perf. Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Alison Doody. Paramount, 1989.
Synopsis: The third in the series, Indiana Jones (Ford) sets off to find the Holy Grail with his father (Connery).
Role Call: Uncredited male—Comic Relief (male)
Details: Dir. Ivan Reitman. Perf. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito and Emma Thompson. Universal, 1994.
Synopsis: Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as Dr. Alex Hesse, a male fertility research scientist, who becomes the test subject for his his latest fertility drug. And if the poster (see left) isn’t obvious enough, he becomes the world’s first pregnant man! The opening scene is set in an academic library.
Role Call: Uncredited female — Information Provider (female)
Details: Dir. Jeff Fisher. Perf. Paul Wesley, Kaley Cuoco, Jason London, Leighton Meester. Peace Arch Home Entertainment, 2008.
Synopsis: In this film, a reality TV shoot at a small town in North Dakota turns into a murder game for a crazed-yet-cunning killer. One scene is set at the school library, and the librarian cameo lasts 4 seconds.
Role Call: Mary Murphy as Librarian–Information Provider (female) / Spinster Librarian
Details: Dir. Peter Jackson. Perf. Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett. New Line Cinema, 2001. Based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Synopsis: The first in a film trilogy of the well-known saga of Middle Earth, involving a hobbit’s quest to destroy a powerful ring.
Role Call: Michael Elsworth as Gondorian Archivist—Information Provider (male)
Details: Dir. Antonia Bird. Perf. Chris O’Donnell, Drew Barrymore, Joan Allen. Touchstone—Buena Vista, 1995.
Synopsis: High-schoolers Matt (O’Donnell) and Casey (Barrymore) fall in love and flee on a road trip after Casey’s parents check her into a mental hospital.
Role Call: Sharon Collar as Librarian—Information Provider (female)
Details: Dir. Brent Shields. Perf. Keri Russell, Skeet Ulrich, Mare Winningham. Hallmark Hall of Fame, 2005. Based on the novel by Ann Howard Creel.
Synopsis: Set during World War II, a beautiful young woman (Keri Russell) agrees to an arranged marriage with a lonely, good-hearted farmer (Skeet Ulrich) due to her impending pregnancy out of wedlock. The farmer’s not the father — they’d never met before the wedding — but he’s determined to do the best by her. This includes getting some books from the local public library (an hour away!).
Role Call: Kira Bradley as Librarian—Information Provider (female)
Details: Dir. Harold Becker. Perf. Bruce Willis, Alec Baldwin, Miko Hughes, Chi McBride. Universal, 1998. Based on the novel Simple Simon by Ryne Douglas Pearson.
Synopsis: Rebellious FBI agent Art Jeffries (Willis) protects a young autistic boy (Hughes) who can read a top-secret government code.
Role Call: Barbara Alexander as Librarian—Information Provider (female)
Details: Dir. Tony Bill. Perf. Chris Makepeace, Adam Baldwin, Matt Dillon, Ruth Gordon. 20th Century Fox, 1980.
Synopsis: A new kid (Makepeace) hires the school outcast (Baldwin) to protect him against a school bully (Dillon).
Role Call: Dorothy Scott as Librarian—Information Provider (female)
Details: Dir. Luiz Puenzo. Perf. Jane Fonda, Jimmy Smits, Gregory Peck. Columbia, 1989. Based on the novel by Carlos Fuentes.
Synopsis: A schoolteacher (Fonda) goes to Mexico to teach and gets kidnapped by General Arroyo (Smits) and his revolutionaries.
Role Call: Laurel Lyle as Librarian—Information Provider (female)
Details: Dir. Desmond Davis. Perf. Donald Sutherland, Faye Dunaway, Christopher Plummer, Sarah Miles, Ian McShane. London-Cannon, 1984. Based on the novel by Agatha Christie.
Synopsis: Dr. Calgary (Sutherland) returns to England and realizes he was the alibi for a man wrongly convicted and hanged for murder. He undergoes an investigation to discover the real killer.
Role Call: Uncredited female—Information Provider (female)
Details: Dir. Ben Lewin. Perf. Gia Carides, Anthony LaPaglia, Marshall Napier, Jacek Koman. MGM, 1994.
Synopsis: Jewel thief Eddie (LaPaglia) overhears Sophie (Carides) reading a romance novel she’s writing. She tries to hide that she suffers from polio, and romantic complications ensue.
Role Call: Lynda Gibson as Carol—Information Provider (female)
Details: Dir. Samuel Fuller. Perf. Richard Widmark, Jean Peters, Thelma Ritter, Murvyn Vye. 20th Century Fox, 1953.
Synopsis: Pickpocket Skip McCoy (Widmark) steals a wallet and discovers a piece of microfilm that contains government secrets.
Note: The Cape Town Affair, the 1967 remake set in South Africa, does not feature a librarian or library. Skip McCoy (this time played by James Brolin) goes to a fellow thief—who has ripped off a camera store—to view the microfilm.
Role Call: Jaye Loft-Lyn as Microfilm Library Clerk; Two uncredited males—all Information Providers (male)
Details: Dir. David Anspaugh. Perf. Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty, Charles S. Dutton. TriStar, 1993. Based on a true story.
Synopsis: Rudy, although a below-average student with no natural athletic ability, has the determination and spirit to join the Notre Dame football team.
Role Call: Marie Anspaugh as Miss McKenzie—Information Provider (female)
Details: Dir. Sidney Lumet. Perf. Christine Lahti, Judd Hirsch, River Phoenix, Martha Plimpton. Warner Bros., 1988.
Synopsis: Two Vietnam War protestors (Lahti & Hirsch) have spent the last 20 years running from the FBI, but their eldest son (Phoenix) wants a life of his own.
Role Call: Justine Johnston as Librarian—Information Provider (female)
Details: Dir. Bob Kelljan. Perf. William Marshall, Pam Grier. American International, 1973.
Synopsis: In this sequel to Blacula, a policeman investigates a series of suspicious deaths.
Role Call: Sybil Scotford as Librarian—Information Provider (female)
Details: Dir. Denis Sanders. Perf. Stuart Whitman, Carol Lynley, Roddy McDowell, Lauren Bacall. 20th Century Fox, 1964. Based on the novel by Winfred Van Atta.
Synopsis: Private investigator Dale Nelson (Whitman) pretends to be a schizophrenic patient to get into a mental hospital; his real motive is to locate $1 million, hidden somewhere on the grounds.
Role Call: Harold Goodwin as Library Clerk (uncredited)—Information Provider (male)
Details: Dir. Stephen Frears. Perf. Colm Meaney, Tina Kellegher, Ruth McCabe. Miramax, 1993. Based on the novel by Roddy Doyle.
Synopsis: A young Irish woman (Kellegher), still living with her parents and siblings, finds out she’s pregnant. Her family and the whole town try to figure out the baby’s father.
Role Call: Uncredited female—Information Provider (female)
Details: Dir. Jeannot Szwarc. Perf. Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour, Christopher Plummer, Teresa Wright. Universal, 1980. Based on the novel by Richard Matheson.
Synopsis: A time-travel romance in which a Chicago playwright (Reeve) uses self-hypnosis to go back in time and meet the love of his life (Seymour).
Role Call: Noreen Walker as Librarian—Information Provider (female)
Details: Dir. Barnet Kellman. Perf. Dolly Parton, James Woods, Griffin Dunne, Michael Madsen. Hollywood Pictures, 1992.
Synopsis: A woman (Parton) leaves her boyfriend (Madsen) and small town to move to Chicago, where by accident, she becomes a radio host.
Role Call: Susan Philpot as Librarian—Comic Relief (female)
Details: Dir. Andrew Fleming. Perf. Lara Flynn Boyle, Stephen Baldwin, Josh Charles. TriStar, 1994.
Synopsis: Three college roommates (Boyle, Baldwin & Charles) explore their sexuality in this dramedy.
Role Call: Anna Marie O’Donnell as Lady at Library—Comic Relief (female)
Details: Dir. Michael Herz, Lloyd Kaufman. Perf. Jim Harris, Carol Drake, Carol Bevar. Troma Entertainment, 1981.
Synopsis: Plot follows different young women working as waitresses, including one woman trying to make it as an actress and another trying to make it as a writer in New York City. One short scene about a half-hour into the film takes place in the public library.
Role Call: Lola Ross as Librarian — Spinster Librarian / Comic Relief (female)
Details: Dir. Alek Keshishian. Perf. Joe Pesci, Brendan Fraser, Moira Kelly, Patrick Dempsey. Warner Bros., 1994.
Synopsis: Uptight Harvard student Monty (Fraser) accidentally drops the only copy of his thesis down a grate, where it lands in the library’s boiler room. Monty discovers a bum, Simon Wilder (Pesci), who holds the thesis hostage and turns Monty’s life upside down.
Role Call: Patricia B. Butcher as Librarian; Three uncredited females and one uncredited male—all Information Providers