Classic Closet Scenes In Cinema

By Closet & Storage Concepts - August 29th, 2014

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Here at Closet and Storage Concepts, we’re pretty big film buffs, as you can tell by this post we wrote on Murphy beds in great films. Similar in many ways to the classic Murphy bed trope in cinema is the equally ubiquitous use of closets as a plot device. Seeing as though we’re in the business of outfitting homes with incredible custom closets and storage solutions, it’s probably not a big surprise that we love scenes that prominently rely on the use of closets. Whether someone’s hiding out and listening to other characters spill their secrets, or getting locked in a closet only to have to someone find their way out, closets have featured prominently in a number of our favorite movies. We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite scenes largely revolving closets and storage spaces, so read on to find out which famous moments we love the most, and don’t forget to contact Closet and Storage Concepts the next time you’re in need of a custom storage solution!

Groucho Marx in Monkey Business

One of the earliest examples of the now famous “hiding in the closet” trope, Groucho Marx delivers an excellent example of utilizing the confines of a closet to hide from the eyes of other characters. Trapped on a boat with the other Marx brothers, Groucho realizes a woman he’s been seeing is also on board with a notorious gangster. Wanting to see the woman while also trying to stay out of the eyes of her dangerous paramour, Groucho sneaks into their bedroom pretending to be the maid. While the other two characters are arguing back and forth, Groucho steps into the closet to listen and wait. Lo and behold, the gangster eventually storms out, leaving Groucho to emerge from the stuffy closet and be with his beloved. It’s an early example of closets in film, and one of the best.

Blue Velvet’s Eerie Take

With a slightly more sinister take, we find David Lynch’s nightmarish classic Blue Velvet. With a nearly identical setup, we find Kyle McLaughlin’s character entangled in a love triangle with a gorgeous lounge singer and her murderous boyfriend, Dennis Hopper. Having stolen a moment with the incredible Isabella Rossellini, McLaughlin is forced to hide in the closet when an enraged Dennis Hopper suddenly drops by. In this scene we see a perfect illustration of the closet film trope, as McLaughlin listens in while peering through the blinds on the front of the closet. All of the suspense and intrigue found in the best “hidden in the closet” scenes is found here, and it’s a perfect example of the way closets function in thrilling fashion throughout movie history.

A Twist In The Breakfast Club

Now that we’ve looked at two “hide in the closet” scenes, lets turn to The Breakfast Club for another famous version of this set up. Rather than hiding himself away in a closet, here we find Judd Nelson’s Bender character being locked in a closet by the jaded Principal Richard Vernon. Not only is this an example of the common “locked in the closet” cliché, we also see Bender utilize in the classic ‘crawl through the air ducts” move. Similar to the movie Airheads, Bender makes his way back and forth from the janitor’s closet to various areas in the school via the ventilation shafts, cementing one of the best know versions of the closet plot device.

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