The developers of “The X-Files” around creator Chris Carter are all avid classic Hollywood fans. They loved to put in movie references, sometimes more obvious, sometimes rather subtle. They even went as far as to create entire episodes that paid homage to a classic movie as they did for “The Wizard of Oz” (1939) and “Frankenstein” (1931). Since Chris Carter is a great Alfred Hitchcock fan, he even went as far and had a cameo appearance like the Master of Suspense always had. Even actor Martin Landau who played in “North By Northwest” (1959) had a role in the X-Files movie and compared the series to the good old classics where besides a good story, the relationship between characters is important: “ And you don’t see that kind of relationship any more in films….Not enough critics have recognised the thing that holds The X Files movie together is that relationship.”
Other references include movies like: “The Man Who Knew Too Much” (1956), “The Third Man” (1949), “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” (1969), ”The Freshman” (1925), “His Girl Friday” (1940), “Rope” (1948) and “Charade” (1962) a.o.
They also made references to old Hollywood people like the director “Clyde Bruckman” who directed Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd and Lauren & Hardy, Lon Chaney and Charlie Chaplin. [x]