Silver Screen Cocktails 1900s-1960s


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Cocktail Related Films 1900s-Present Booze Songs


Cocktails are an American invention and cinema is a well loved pastime in America. This collection combines both. Our most famous toast, Here’s looking at you kid, came from the lips of Humphrey Bogart in the 1942 film, Casablanca. Also, in Casablanca I believe the first liqueur brand was mentioned; Cointreau. In 1955, I believe the first spirit brand was mentioned by Marlon Brando in Guys & Dolls; Bacardi. In 1962, James Bond made the Vodka Martini and Smirnoff vodka part of our cocktail verbiage from the film Dr. No, and Tom Cruise jumpstarted flair & performance bartending all over the world when he played a Flair Bartender in the 1988 film, Cocktail.

I have collected these cocktails seen and mentioned in film for years. Films showing characters drinking beer, wine, Champagne toasts, and countless shots are not recorded on this page (there are way too many!). This collection of Silver Screen Cocktails is dedicated to films that mention a specific cocktail, show a specific cocktail, or have a bar setting. I also steer away from drunken or alcoholism-type films in the collection. You can find many of these in articles called Soused Cinema from Garv that writes for Modern Drunkard Magazine. He also has a Boose Movies Blogspot.

If you run across anything that I'm looking for, please email me!

I've included a lot of YouTube links so that you can watch the scenes talked about. This symbol means that you can listen to a clip. Also, I discovered that 95% of the cocktails in the Ben Reed book, Hollywood Cocktails are incorrect, so I'm in the process of watching the films from 1928 to the 1950s. I will remove them as I go.

Miss Charming™


1917 The Adventurer; In his 62nd film, Charlie Chaplin makes what appears to be a Whiskey and Soda. But of course he makes it in "Chaplin style" by squirting the soda into the bottle then drinking from the bottle then using the cocktail glass as an ashtray. Later Charlie makes a cocktail by taking all the used cocktail glasses and pouring their remains into one. A butler popping open a Champagne bottle is seen as well. The entire movie can be viewed here. To see the scene mentioned above click on the image below.



The Idle Class; Even though a cocktail name is not mentioned or recognized, there is a final and funny scene that shows Charlie Chaplin making a cocktail.

This film was only 32 minutes and it was the first film that Charlie Chaplin wrote and directed (and starred).

Click on the image to see the scene on Youtube.




Manhattan Cocktail

This is a silent film. I have not watched it yet, but plan to so that I can see if Manhattans are drunk in the film. I'm curious because America was in prohibition from 1920-1933 and the posters show a cocktail glass.
The story line is about a small town couple moving to Manhattan to make it big on Broadway.




Anna Christie; While not a real cocktail, I still felt this is special because it was Greta Garbo's first line in a talking movie. She says, "Gimme a whiskey. Ginger ale on the side. And don’t be stingy, baby." Click on the image to see the clip on youtube.

You have to understand that the crossover from silent films to a talkie was extremely scary for actors at this time. Most thought talkies would never be a hit and their careers would be over.





Chained; Joan Crawford drinks a Sherry Flip.

The Thin Man; William Powell and Myrna Loy drink Knickerbockers and Martinis. William Powell also instructs the Bartender how to make drinks, "The important thing is the rhythm. Always have rhythm in your shaking. Now a Manhattan you always shake to fox-trot time, a Bronx to two-step time, a dry martini you always shake to waltz time." You can see a video of this here.


After Office Hours; Clark Gable and Constance Bennett drink Dry Martinis with one olive.

Top Ha
t; A Horse's Neck is ordered, but doesn't specify which kind.


Remember Last Night; Sidecars, Champagne, Wine, and Scotch & Sodas. Interesting how they created a girl cocktail glass poster.



His Brother's Wife;
Robert Taylor drinks a Gin Rickey.

My Man Godfrey; David Niven plays a butler and helps himself to Vodka Martinis.



Personal Property; Robert Taylor drinks a Champagne Cocktail.

Every Day’s a Holiday; Mae West plays the charming Peaches O'Day. The movie is set in 1899.

This is the movie she introduced the famous one-liner, "You should get out of those wet clothes and into a Dry Martini."

It's been said that Bellinis are drunk in the film, but I have not seen it to confirm. However, Bellinis use white peach puree and her name is Peaches so it may be true.

Hard to believe that she was 44 years old when this film was made.


The Awful Truth; In the first scene Cary Grant invites a man over for Egg Nog. Cary pushes a cart with a bowl of Egg Nog with liquour bottles underneath so it's assumed that the Egg Nog is spiked. He then sprinkles nutmeg on top and passes them out.

Another scene a lady says she's going down to the bar to see Joe the bartender. A nightclub shows a giant Champagne glass with balloons blowing on top to look like bubbles set behind the orchestra. You can see the nightclub scene below.

Cary and his date drink Champagne. Cary makes himself a drink that looks like a highball of some type. More Champagne is drunk.

Egg Nog recipes here.



Topper; Cary Grant and Constance Bennett hop four nightclubs in the first 10 minutes of the film. The first one is the Rainbow Lounge. The scene can be seen here on YouTube.

They drink Champagne throughout the film. Mumm's Champagne is shown many times. Later on, a tray of "Cocktails" are brought to the room. You don't actually know what the cocktails are until a few scenes later when Constance holds one up to Cary Grant and says, "Here, have a Pink Lady." You can see the whole scene here.

You can see the Mumm's Champagne in the middle of this clip on Youtube.

Pink Lady recipes here.






Jezebel; Jezebel is set in New Orleans in 1852. New Orleans is mentioned many times.

The first scene in this film a man pulls his carriage next to the Louis-House to "have a ball." I can only assume he means highball. They walk into the very elegant bar. While there a man says, A gentleman doesn't mention the name of a lady in a bar." Another says, "Gentlemen, let's have another drink!"

You can see the whole scene here.

The next scene shows a cocktail party with many trays of drinks being served butler-style. Bette Davis asks, "Whiskey, Uncle Billy?" She also makes a toast.

The third scene shows men in a meeting and a tray of cocktails are brought to the table. The word Mint Julep isn't used, but it's quite evident the tray has Mint Juleps. Mint Juleps are drank by Henry Fonda throughout the film.

There's a line in the film that says, "I like my convictions like my whiskey, undiluted."


Jezebel won Academy Awards for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress.

It was nominated for Best Picture, Best Cinematography, and Best Music (scoring).





Dark Victory; Bette Davis drinks Champagne and Pink Gin.


Remember?; Greer Garson, Lew Ayres, and Robert Taylor drink Imperials.


Down Argentina Way; Betty Grable orders a Martini and drinks Champagne. Betty Greenwood orders a Sirocco (which she calls straight brandy with a cherry). She also mentions a Blackout and goes on to say that its a drink made with gin and one green olive.

Foreign Correspondent; Joel McCrea orders a Scotch & Soda.


Bank Dick; W,C, Fields orders a Depth Bomb, Absinthe, and Rye Highballs. Fast forward to 3:00 below.



The Philadelphia Story; Cary Grant gives Katherine Hepburn a Stinger. Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant and James Stewart drink Martinis as well as Sherry and Champagne.

This film won Academy Awards for James Stewart (Best Actor), and screenwriter Donald Ogden Stewart (Best Adapted Screenplay). It also received Academy Award nominations for George Cukor (Best Director), Katharine Hepburn (Best Actress), Ruth Hussey (Best Supporting Actress), and Best Picture (Joseph L. Mankiewicz - producer).

Angels Over Broadway
; Rita Hayworth and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. drink Rob Roys.



San Antonio Rose; Shemp Howard tries to slip someone a mickey in a Sherry Cobbler.

The Lady Eve; Henry Fonda owns the fictitious Pike's Ale. A bartender is asked for the ale, but tells the servers he's out and proceeds to make Martinis stirred not shaken with a julep strainer. The shape of the Martini glasses are interesting because they resemble glases from the early 2000s. Barabra Stanwyck holds up a mirror to view behind her. It has the bar in the background and later brandy is ordered and Champagne is drunk.

The Man Who Came To Dinner; Ann Sheridan drinks a Mint Julep poolside.

Phantom Submarine; Anita Louise and others drink Seabreezes.

Moon Under Miami; Miss Charming™ wants you to know that she watches hours upon hours of film to put together this page and wants you to know that she enjoyed this one. Most vintage films don't make any sense when compared to circumstances and modern attitudes, but this one made the "charming cut." Champagne, gin, and Scotch are seen in this film.



Across the Pacific; Humphrey Bogart orders two Planter Punches.



Woman of the Year; In the first scene Spencer Tracey walks into a bar and orders a Scotch & Water. Everyone is listening to the Katherine Hepburn on the radio. There are brandy snifters next to the radio.
Later, Spencer and Katherine drink double Scotch & Waters. There is tickling of ice but no ice in the drinks. Spencer talks about how in college he made drinking bets with games.

Champagne is served at a cocktail party, Spencer drinks white wine with Katherine's father, and a tray of red wine is brought out for a wedding toast.

This was Spencer & Hepburn's first film of many together.Woman of the Year won an Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay and was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role.


Casablanca; Drinks and alcohol in this film include; Champagne Cocktails, French 75s, Cointreau, and brandy. Also seen is the most famous toast ever; Here’s looking at you kid. And another famous line; Of all the gin joints in all the towmns in all the world, she walks into mine.


*Casablanca won three Oscars; Best Picture, directing, and writing adapted for a screenplay. It was nominated for five Oscars; Best Actor, Best supporting actor, best cinematography, film editing, and original musical score.


Now, Voyager; Bette Davis and Claude Rains order and drink Bourbon Old Fashioneds. Click on the image to see the clip








The Miracle of Morgan's Creek; serves "Victory Lemonade" at a farewell party for the troops. A girl at the bar (and many other people) drink many types of drinks but none are called by name except for a man that wants to buy Champagne for everyone in the room.

There is a scene of a bar showing many bottles and a barman in a white jacket. There ia also a scene where a bartender strains a drink with an inverted hawthorne strainer inside the glass.


The Miracle of Morgan's Creek was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Writing, and Original Screenplay.





; Scotch & Sodas are made. Click on the image to see the clip.

To Have and Have Not
; Lauren Becall drinks a Daiquiri.




The Lost Weekend; A jigger of rye is ordered and then the line:
It shrinks my liver, doesn't it, Nat? It pickles my kidneys, yeah. But what it does to the mind? It tosses the sandbags overboard so the balloon can soar. Suddenly I'm above the ordinary. I'm competent. I'm walking a tightrope over Niagara Falls. I'm one of the great ones. I'm Michaelangelo, molding the beard of Moses. I'm Van Gogh painting pure sunlight. I'm Horowitz, playing the Emperor Concerto. I'm John Barrymore before movies got him by the throat. I'm Jesse James and his two brothers, all three of them. I'm W. Shakespeare. And out there it's not Third Avenue any longer, it's the Nile. Nat, it's the Nile and down it moves the barge of Cleopatra.


Scarlett Street
; Edward G. Robinson and Joan Bennett order 2
Rum Collins. Her friend brings her a bottle of Pinch Scotch and there is other misc. drinking in the film.






The Big Sleep
; Lauren Becall orders a Scotch Mist.

It’s a Wonderful Life
; Clarence the Angel orders a Flaming Rum Punch and a Mulled Wine. The bartender responds with attitude. Click here to see the video on my blog.

Humoresque; Joan Crawford makes several drinks and there is a mention of a Bourbon & Soda as she is making it. Click on the image to see the clip.



Dead Reckoning; Humphrey Bogart orders a Rye & Water from a bartender. Lizabeth Scott is served a Ramos Gin Fizz that she drinks. Click on the image to see the clip.



The Big Clock
; Ray Milland orders a Stinger with green crème de menthe.


Every Girl Should Be Married; Cary Grant and Betsy Drake drink Champagne and Martinis "with little onions" (Gibsons). Betsy talks about the passageway from the kitchen to the living room...she says it's for passing cocktails.



State of the Union
; Katherine Hepburn and another lady drinks Sazeracs. The Sazerac is mentioned about 10 times. Bourbon is drank throughout the entire film, Champagne, and a Martini, very dry is ordered.

DOA; Edmond O’Brien orders a Bourbon Highball.




Harvey; James Stewart orders many Martinis throughout the movie.

Father of the Bride
; This is a great clip! Spencer Tracy throws a wedding announcement party for his daughter (Elizabeth Taylor) and makes a full tray of Martinis because he says that this is the cocktail that everyone is drinking. Well, just when he's about to leave the kitchen to offer them to his guests someone guests walk in and order different drinks. Spencer Tracy ends up playing bartender for the whole party and never gets to socialize. Drinks made and mentioned are; Old Fashioneds, Bourbon & Sodas, 5 Mint Juleps, 2 Tom Collins, 4 Rum & Cokes, and Scotch. Also, at a previous party he drinks Maderia and Martinis. Champagne is served at the wedding.




All About Eve; Bette Davis drinks a Gibson. She holds the Gibson as she says the famous line, "Fasten your seat belts. It's gonna be a bumpy night."


The Snows of Kilimanjaro; Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner and others drink Gimlets.




Gentlemen Prefer Blondes; While not a real cocktail, Marilyn Monroe mixes three drinks. One of water & bitters for her and Jane Russell and another with equal parts of vodka, gin, brandy, and Scotch with three sleeping pills. They are trying to get a mans jacket off of him so they can look in his pockets. Fast forward to 7:15 below.




Sabrina; Walter Hampden makes a Martini but then has trouble getting the last olive out of the jar. He finally pours his Martini into the jar.

River of No Return; Marilyn Monroe plays a saloon singer. The bartender gives a young boy 2 pails of beer to take down to the barber shop and says, "Be careful son, it's like liquid gold".


River of No Return with Marilyn Monroe, the bartender gives a young boy 2 pails of
beer to take down to the barber shop and sys, "Be careful son, it's
like liquid gold".





Guys and Dolls; As far as I know, this is the first time that a brand name is mentioned in a scene. Marlon Brando orders a Milk Punch (Dolce de leche) served in a coconut cup for Jean Simmons and himself. He tells her that at night they put a preservative in the milk and when Jean Simmons asks what they use, Marlon Brando answers, Bacardi. Jean Simmons asks if Bacardi has alcohol in it and Marlon Brando says, "Well, just enough to stop the milk from turning sour." They drink six of them.



The Seven Year Itch; Marilyn Monroe and Tom Ewell drink Martinis, Champagne, and Tom Collins. She also mentions that she watered the plants with a cocktail shaker and dunks a potato chip in Champagne. Tom Ewell also says that he had a peanut butter sandwich and 2 Whiskey Sours for breakfast.

Click here to see one of the scenes from the film.


Kiss Me Deadly; A classic noir film with drinking. Check out the home bar and those antique shakers in the back!




High Society; Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, and Grace Kelly drink Champagne all though this film (Mumm's is seen). The bar you see is a hide-away bar built into the bookshelves of the library. Also drank are Martinis, Sherry and Bing Crosby gives Grace Kelly a Stinger.


Bus Stop; Marilyn Monroe drinks shots of whiskey in the saloon where she works.

The first scene she drinks it's just tea because it's part of her job to get customers to buy her shots of whiskey for 60 cents each, but the waitress brings her tea in a shot glass.



An Affair to Remember; Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr drink Champagne Cocktails made with pink Champagne.


Sayonara; Marlon Brando orders a Martini, then changes his mind to lemonade then finally orders a Scotch & Soda as he sits at a Japanese bar with Jmaes Garner.


Kiss Them For Me; Cary Grant, Jayne Mansfield, and others drink all through this film that is about 3 Navy pilots taking a four day leave at a posh hotel. The goal is to wine, women, and song.



King Creole; Elvis Presley plays a nightclub bus boy turned nightclub singer. Many drinks and bars are seen, but not mentioned. The film was shot in New Orleans.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Paul Newman has a Hot Toddy and many whiskeys.




Auntie Mame; The 2nd scene of the film is at a cocktail party. Auntie Mame (Rosalind Russell) descends the stairs talking about how someone is on their way with a gallon of gin. This is because the film begins in the prohibition year of 1928 (it spans about 20 years). Auntie Mame holds 2 tall amber colored cocktails with a cherry on the bottom and a lemon slice garnish (I don't know what they are). Martinis are seen and drunk and one lady in particular is holding a Martini that has a long handle. It almost looks like she's holding a glass ladle but the bowl is a Martini glass. A maid says Mame has thrown 13 cocktail parties and one was cancelled because the bootlegger didn’t show.

Mame tells her nephew, Patrick to write down all the words he hears that he doesn't know while at the cocktail party. Two of them are bathtub gin and blotto (the others are libido, inferiority complex, stinko, free love, monkey glands, and homosexual).

The morning after the party Mame asks Patrick to, "Run along to Ito (the butler) and tell him to bring me a light breakfast, black coffee, and a Side Car.

Patrick makes a Martini for a visiting guest. He asks if he would like it dry or extra dry. There is a complete scene of Patrick (Jan Handzlik) pouring the gin in a glass pitcher then educating the man by saying, “Stir never shake, it bruises the gin. He then swirls vermouth around inside a Martini glass, pours it out then pours the stirred gin into the glass. He serves it without an olive but asks, “Would you like an olive? Auntie Mame says it takes up too much room in the drink.” Click on the clip to see the scene.

Mame's wealthy boyfriend (and soon to be husband) from Georgia serves a tray of drinks in silver cups. One can one assume they are Mint Juleps.

Champagne is mentioned and drunk. Years go by and a grown Patrick’s introduces Mame to his girlfriend and Mame offers her a Cognac or Drambuie.

When Mame visits Patrick’s girlfriend’s family (somewhere in the south) her father makes his special Daiquiri in a giant half-gallon shaker. There are limes and honey sitting on the bar. The father talks about Cuban rum and his “secret” ingredient in his Daiquiri. He asks Mame to guess what it is. Mame says, “Chocolate Ice Cream.” The secret ingredient is honey in place of sugar. Mame hates it and when no one is looking throws the liquid contents over her shoulder. When the family visits Mame, she she tells the father that she has a special drink too but won’t be sharing the secret. She says they are called The Flaming Mame and the trick is to drink them up fast before the flame goes away. She serves the drinks in tall metal flutes and lights each one by one with fireplace matches then asks,”Is everyone lit?” Later whiskey served in tall glasses without ice.

One line in the film goes:
Agnes Gooch: Spirits do the most horrible thing to me. I'm not the same person!
Mame: What's wrong with that?
Agnes Gooch: Will it mix with Dr. Pepper?
Mame: He'll love it! Drink!



Auntie Mame won an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, and Best Picture.



North by Northwest
; Cary Grant drinks a Gibson.

Beloved Infidel
; Deborah Kerr and Phillip Ober drink Sazeracs.

Some Like It Hot; Marilyn Monroe makes Manhattans. It shows her pouring whiskey and sweet vermouth in a hot water bottle (make-shift shaker) then later chipping at an ice block. All this happens on a late night train.

Click on the image to watch the youtube video.




1960 The Apartment
; Shirley MacLaine asks for a Daiquiri and Hope Holiday asks for a Rum Collins.

1960 It Started in Naples; Clark Gable and Sophia Loren order each other a cocktail that represents their country. He orders her a Double Mint Julep and she orders him something in Italian. The bartender then sets an Italian bottle of Sweet Vermouth and a bottle of Kentucky whiskey on the bar. During their conversation Gable pours some vermouth into her Mint Julep, which is odd, but maybe it's supposed to mean that he's combining both of their cultures?



1961 Come September; This film was the first film to be shown on transcontinental and intercontinental flights. Rock Hudson drinks a lot of Champagne in this film. A bird even gets drunk on a glass of it.

There's also a scene with a young Bobby Darin where Rock is the bartender in his home bar and he serves brandy. Click here to see the clip.
Rock also drinks a Martini for breakfast and when asked by a servant if there is anything else he may want he replies, "an olive."


1961 Blue Hawaii
; Angela Lansbury throws a cocktail party For Elvis Presley (her son in the film) and serves Mai Tais.

1961 Days of Wine and Roses
; Jack Lemmon orders Lee Remick a Brandy Alexander.

1961 Breakfast at Tiffany’s
; Audrey Hepburn drinks a Planter’s Punch. George Peppard also talks about drinking Champagne at breakfast.

1961 The Hustler; Paul Newman plays "Fast Eddie" Felson and drank J. T. S. Brown Bourbon.

1962 Dr. No; James Bond drinks two medium dry Vodka Martinis shaken with a lemon peel and jumpstarts the sale of vodka in America while exploding the Vodka Martini worldwide. Click on the image to see the clip.

1962 The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone
; Vivian Leigh drinks an Americano.

1963 From Russia With Love
; Sean Connery has a Martini, Raki, and at least a half bottle of Taittinger Blanc de Blanc Champagne.

1963 Irma la Douce; Romanic comedy. Most of the scenes take place in a bar. Lou Jacobi plays the bartender. He uses a soda charger bottle to wake people up, stop fights, etc. At one point Jack lemmon picks it up and uses it. Jack orders Cognac and Champagne. Shirley MacLaine orders Pernod and peppermint tea. The bartender pours ice water on the Pernod like you do with Absinthe. Many other drinks are seen. Shirley won an Oscar for best actress and the film won best cinematography. I'm including this film because when you mix the Pernod and ice water together I believe that classifies it as a cocktail.

1963 The Nutty Professor; Jerry Lewis orders an Alaskan Polar Bear Heater. It's a crazy drink and can be seen here about 3:30 minutes into the clip.

1963 Come Blow Your Horn
; Frank Sinatra orders Rum & Coke.

1964 Goldfinger; Sean Connery Bond picks up a bottle of Dom Perignon ’53 from an ice bucket, and says,“It’s lost its chill. There’s another in the fridge.” As he gets up to fetch the bottle, the girl asks, “Who needs it?” Bond replies “My dear girl, there are some things that just aren’t done, such as drinking Dom Perignon ’53 above the temperature of 38 degrees Fahrenheit.

On Goldfinger’s front porch Bond is offered a Mint Julep, adding it’s “traditional but satisfying.” Bond accepts, and tells the man getting the drink, “Sour mash, but not too sweet, please.”

Sean Connery has three Brandies, one Port Wine, one Vodka Martini shaken not stirred with a lemon twist, one Sour mash Mint Julep, and at least half a bottle of Dom Pérignon ’53, and a Mint Julep. Also, the five members of Pussy Galore’s Flying Circus are also called Champagne Section.



1964 Night of the Iguana
; A Rum Coco is ordered and Manhattan with 2 cherries is mentioned.


1965 Thunderball
; Sean Connery orders a bottle of Dom Pérignon ’55, makes a Vodka Martini with Smirnoff Blue and Cinzano dry vermouth, drinks at least a half bottle of Red Wine, and orders a Rum Collins.

1967 You Only Live Twice
; Sean Connery drinks a Stolichnaya Vodka Martini made and Martini & Rossi dry vermouth, a shot of Siamese vodka, two cups of Sake at 98.4 degrees glass of Dom Perignon ’59, and Japanese whisky.



1967 Casino Royale; David Niven drinks a glass of whisky in bed, and drinks Martinis with Peter Sellers.

1968 The Producers
; Mel Brooks drinks a Manhattan.


1968 Funny Girl; Barbra Streisand drinks a Green Creme de Menthe Frappe', dry Sherry, and pours Ziegfield a glass of Champagne. Omar Shariff drinks Courvoiser, Scotch & Water, and dry Sherry. Streisand's mother owns a saloon called Brice's.


1969 On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
; George Lazenby drinks a Martini, glass of Champagne, a Malt Whisky & Branch, two glasses of Red Wine, and a Beer.

1969 Cactus Flower
Walter Matthau drinks a Martini, Goldie Hawn drinks red wine, Ingrid Bergman drinks Champagne, and several other drinks are seen because some scenes are in a bar. There is Budweiser placement. Also, Ingrid Bergman comes back from a party and tells Walter Matthau about a gin based drink she drank with a funny name. Couldn't remember the name.


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