Thonet Chairs in Movies

Introduction | Thonet Chairs in Art | Thonet Chair Models

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Title Year Stars and Director Screenshot Notes
Scarface 1932

Paul Muni
Ann Dvorak
Osgood Perkins
Karen Morley
Boris Karloff

Howard Hawks
Richard Rosson

Scarface opens with the scene of Antonio “Tony” Camonte’s (Paul Muni) first murder, in a resturant the morning after the 1st Ward Stag Party. The restaurant features Thonet No. 18 chairs, a variant with a narrow inner loop.

A short time later, Tony Camonte is arrested in Pietro’s Barber Shop, which also has the same Thonet No. 18 variant.


Three Thonet chair models appear in the famous Columbia Café shootout scene.

Poppy (Karen Morley) and Tony Camonte just before the shooting starts.
Foreground: No. 45
middle: No. 18
background No. 18 variant with a narrow inner loop.



Tony and Poppy dodging machine-gun bullets, framed by Thonet chairs.





Near the end of the shootout, this frame starkly features an empty No. 18 variant with a narrow inner loop, optional back braces and the older-style circular leg brace.

Of Human Bondage 1934

Leslie Howard
Bette Davis
Frances Dee

John Cromwell

Philip Carey (Leslie Howard) and Mildred Rogers (Bette Davis), with a Thonet No. 18 shown between them.
All the chairs in this restaurant scene are No. 18s, with the older-style circular leg brace.
Fury 1936

Sylvia Sidney
Spencer Tracy
Walter Brennan

Fritz Lang


Joe Wilson (Spencer Tracy) drinks in a closed bar with Thonet No. 18s stacked on tables, complete with noir shadows.



Katherine Grant (Sylvia Sidney) in the courtroom, which has Thonet No. 18s for lawyers and clients.

There’s also a restaurant scene featuring Thonet No. 18 and No. 45 chairs.

Dead End 1937

Sylvia Sidney
Joel McCrea
Humphrey Bogart
Wendy Barrie
Claire Trevor
Allen Jenkins

William Wyler

Thonet No. 18s in Chez Pascagli (Famous Italian Dishes).
Ninotchka 1939

Greta Garbo
Melvyn Douglas
Ina Claire

Ernst Lubitsch

Thonet chairs appear in several scenes. The most visible chair in this screenshot is a Thonet No. 45.
Half a Sinner 1940

Heather Angel
John “Dusty” King
Constance Collier

Al Christie


In the dénouement of this comedy noir:
a scene in Larry Cameron’s very modern kitchen (double stoves, double refrigerators).

Mrs. Jefferson Breckenbridge (Constance Collier) sits in a variation of a Thonet S 533 as Anne Gladden (Heather Angel) and Larry Cameron (John “Dusty” King) look on.

A moment later, a bad guy looms in the kitchen doorway with both Larry Cameron and another S 533 caught unawares because they’re looking away from the door.

21 Days 1940

Vivien Leigh
Laurence Olivier
Leslie Banks

Basil Dean

A restaurant scene in which Larry Durrant (Laurence Olivier) and Wanda Wallen(Vivien Leigh) begin their last three weeks together.

The chairs are similar to the Thonet No. 12.

Blues in the Night 1941

Richard Whorf
Elia Kazan (acting)

Anatole Litvak

Thonet No. 18s in the probably fictional St. Louis Café.
Mr. District Attorney 1941

Dennis O'Keefe
Florence Rice
Peter Lorre
Stanley Ridges
Minor Watson
Charles Arnt

William Morgan


P. Cadwallader Jones (Dennis O'Keefe) and Terry Parker (Florence Rice) in a café scene. The chairs are like the Thonet No. 3 in the office furniture (Schreibtischfauteuils) section of the 1904 Thonet catalog.

A similar model appears in The Woman in the Window 1944.

(Lower image is zoomed from the screenshot above.)

The Little Foxes 1941

Bette Davis
Herbert Marshall
Teresa Wright

William Wyler


David Hewitt (Richard Carlson) greets Alexandra Giddens (Teresa Wright) in a restaurant. The back of a Thonet No. 18 is visible at left in this shot.

A later shot in the same restaurant set also shows a Thonet No. 45 on the right at an empty table.

Citizen Kane 1941 Orson Welles
Joseph Cotten
Dorothy Comingore
Everett Sloane
Ray Collins
George Coulouris
Agnes Moorehead
Paul Stewart
Ruth Warrick
Erskine Sanford
William Alland

Orson Welles


Citizen Kane is full of remarkable shots and scenes.

In one crane shot, the camera moves through a neon sign (built to open up for the camera), then down through a skylight (using a cross fade) to show a café scene below, where Susan Kane (Dorothy Comingore) gets drunk after a show and talks with the faceless journalist.
Three characters cast noir shadows:
Susan, the man in the doorway and a Thonet No. 18 at a table in the background.

Welles repeats this scene twice more, each time with changes in the set showing the passage of time.

The second time, the Thonet chairs behind Susan have been moved, as if they had been used. The two distinct noir shadows are Susan’s and a Thonet No. 18’s.

In the third repetition, late in the film, the El Rancho café appears ready to close, with the Thonet chairs stacked up on the tables in the corner behind Susan. Thonet chairs stacked on tables is a trope of noir movies.

Thonet No. 18s with the old circular leg brace and some with the newer curved leg brace are shown.

Moontide 1942

Jean Gabin
Ida Lupino
Thomas Mitchell
Claude Rains

Archie Mayo


Thonet bar stools in the Red Dot bar (featuring Eastside Beer).

Nutsy (Claude Rains), Bobo (Jean Gabin), Tiny (Thomas Mitchell) and a Thonet No. 45 in the “Shower Room.”

This Gun for Hire 1942 Veronica Lake
Robert Preston
Laird Cregar
Alan Ladd

Frank Tuttle

You can't see the seats or legs, but the back looks like Thonet No. 440.
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp 1943

Deborah Kerr
Roger Livesey
Anton Walbrook

Michael Powell
Emeric Pressburger

Theo Kretschmar-Schuldorff (Anton Walbrook) being questioned in an office furnished with Thonet No. 14 chairs.
Hi Diddle Diddle 1943

Adolphe Menjou
Martha Scott
Pola Negri
Dennis O'Keefe
Billie Burke

Andrew L. Stone

Benny (Sidney Miller), Leslie Quayle (June Havoc) and Col. Hector Phyffe (Adolphe Menjou) in a bar scene. The chairs are Thonet No. 18.
Cover Girl 1944

Rita Hayworth
Gene Kelly
Phil Silvers

Charles Vidor


Cover Girl, a Technicolor musical, contains this remarkable set with many Thonet No. 18s and No. 45s (painted gold). Scenes on this set include three Thonet chair tropes:

Thonet chair shadows (larger than life)
Thonet chairs stacked on tables (closing time)
Shots through Thonet chairs

Danny McGuire (Gene Kelly) at the piano.

Maribelle Hicks (Rita Hayworth) and Danny talking through Thonet chairs.

Laura 1944

Gene Tierney
Dana Andrews
Clifton Webb
Vincent Price
Judith Anderson

Otto Preminger


In the restaurant scene where Laura (Gene Tierney) introduces herself to Waldo Lydecker (Clifton Webb), there’s a glimpse of Thonet chairs similar to the No. 321 in the 1904 Thonet Catalog (with the newer curved leg brace).
Other chairs on this restaurant set look like the same model with fabric back and seat covers.

Thonet made many back inserts, including for specific restaurants and cafés, such as Vienna’s famouse Café Central.
The 1888 catalog shows No. 18 and No. 14 with perforated wood seat and back and No. 18 with a caned back insert.

The Woman in the Window 1944

Edward G. Robinson
Joan Bennett
Raymond Massey
Dan Duryea

Fritz Lang

The chairs around tables in the dining room of the club look like like a blond version of the Thonet No. 3 in the office furniture (Schreibtischfauteuils) section of the 1904 Thonet catalog.

This model is also seen in Mr. District Attorney 1941.
The Great Flamarion 1945

Erich von Stroheim
Mary Beth Hughes
Dan Duryea

Anthony Mann

Thonet No. 18 chairs appear in dressing room scenes. Here Connie Wallace (Mary Beth Hughes) pours a drink.

Thonet No. 18s and No. 45s can also be seen on stage scenes.

Brief Encounter 1945 Celia Johnson,
Trevor Howard,
Stanley Holloway
Joyce Carey

David Lean

Thonet No. 14s in the Refreshment Room of a train station.
Fallen Angel 1945 Dana Andrews
Linda Darnell
Alice Faye
Charles Bickford
John Carradine

Otto Preminger


Within the first few minutes of Fallen Angel, Thonet chairs appear in Pop's Eats, the diner that is central to the plot.

First Eric Stanton (Dana Andrews) enters and drops his coat on a Thonet No. 18.

Then Stella (Linda Darnell) enters and sits in a Thonet No. 18 to massage her aching feet.

Thonet chairs also appear in Tavern/Dance Hall scenes and in a café scene.


The Lost Weekend 1945 Ray Milland
Jane Wyman
Howard Da Silva

Billy Wilder

Don Birnam (Ray Milland) contemplates a shot of whisky in Nat’s Bar, withThonet No. 18s (circular leg braces) and Nat (Howard Da Silva) at the tables in the background. In the far corner is a Thonet hat stand.
Scarlet Street 1945 Edward G. Robinson
Joan Bennett
Dan Duryea

Fritz Lang

Thonet chairs appear in the opening scene, a reception where Christopher Cross (Edward G. Robinson) receives a gold watch for twenty-five years of service as a clerk.

All the chairs in this scene are Thonet No. 440s. The one in the background in this shot is casting a noir shadow.

Christopher Cross and Katherine 'Kitty' March (Joan Bennet) eat at Tiny's (Lunch and Dinner). The café features Thonet No. 18s at the tables.

On an apartment deck, a padded version of the Thonet S533, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.
In the last scene, Thonet No. 3 writing desk armchairs in a bar scene.
Detour 1945

Tom Neal
Ann Savage
Claudia Drake

Edgar G. Ulmer

Al Roberts (Tom Neal) plays Piano, while Sue Harvey (Claudia Drake) sings in the Break O' Dawn Club. Roberts is using a Thonet No. 45 ½. This scene occurs around the fourth minute of the film.

In later scenes, the rest of the band can be seen using the same model.

Cornered 1945 Dick Powell
Walter Slezak
Micheline Cheirel

Edward Dmytryk

Thonet No. 18s, some stacked on a table.
Whistle Stop 1946

George Raft
Ava Gardner
Victor McLaglen
Tom Conway

Léonide Moguy


As Whistle Stop comes to a close, Gitlo (Victor McLaglen) drags badly wounded Kenny Veech (George Raft) to Estelle’s Road House after closing time.

The scene opens with Estelle (Carmel Myers) working on the books. The camera zooms in to shoot through the upturned legs of Thonet No. 18 chairs. This combines the trope of upturned Thonet chairs signalling a closed establishment (and the end of the plot) with shooting through Thonet chairs.

Though the road house is clearly closed and has no customers, the sign outside reads “Dine Dance Open All Night.”

The Stranger 1946

Edward G. Robinson
Loretta Young
Orson Welles

Orson Welles


A scene at about minute two in The Stranger prominently features a Thonet No. 18 with the early circular leg brace. Mr. Wilson (Edward G. Robinson) is orating in the back right.
Oddly, the inner back loop of the Thonet chair is missing one side, as if it was broken (Welles was on a severely restricted budget for this film) or modified.

The Wikipedia entry on on this interesting film is well worth reading.

The Best Years of our Lives 1946 Myrna Loy
Fredric March
Dana Andrews
Teresa Wright
Virginia Mayo
Harold Russell

William Wyler


Uncle Butch Engle (Hoagy Carmichael) and Homer Parrish (Harrold Russel) sit at the piano on Thonet No. 18s in Butch’s Bar.

A waiter serves Peggy Stephenson (Teresa Wright) and Fred Derry (Dana Andrews) seated in Thonet No. 18s in Lucia’s Restaurant.

The Killers 1946 Burt Lancaster
Ava Gardner
Edmond O'Brien
Sam Levene

Robert Siodmak

Thonet No. 18s in a café scene. No. 18s appear in another scene, as well.
The Bishop’s Wife 1947

Cary Grant
Loretta Young
David Niven
Elsa Lanchester

Henry Koster

In the choir scene, the Robert Mitchell Boys Choir (and the organist) are using two Thonet models, both very similar to the No. 124 shown in the 1904 Thonet Catalog.
Kiss of Death 1947

Victor Mature
Brian Donlevy
Coleen Gray
Richard Widmark

Henry Hathaway

In this ex-con going straight film noir, several clubs and restaurants figure prominently, but only the last one—where Nick Bianco (Victor Mature) confronts the killer Tommy Udo (Richard Widmark, in his first film)— features Thonet chairs.

In Luigi’s (Sea Food, Cocktails):
Thonet No. 18s and Thonet No. 45s.

Brute Force 1947 Burt Lancaster
Hume Cronyn
Charles Bickford

Jules Dassin

Joe Collins (Burt Lancaster) confronts Gallagher (Charles Bickford) in the prison printing shop, with a No. 18.
The visitor’s room scene also has No. 18s.
Dark Passage 1947 Humphrey Bogart
Lauren Bacall

Delmer Daves

Dr. Walter Coley (Houseley Stevenson)
Daisy Kenyon 1947 Joan Crawford
Henry Fonda
Dana Andrews

Otto Preminger

Peter Lapham (Henry Fonda) in a restaurant scene with Thonet No. 45s and No. 18s.

Across the street from the restaurant, the Greenwich Theater is showing Mr. Lucky, a 1943 romance starring Cary Grant and Laraine Day.

Born to Kill 1947

Claire Trevor
Lawrence Tierney
Walter Slezak
Phillip Terry
Audrey Long
Elisha Cook, Jr.

Robert Wise

In Mrs. Kraft’s boarding house, Thonet No. 33 chairs at the table.
This model also appears in Rosemary’s Baby (1968).

Lured 1947

George Sanders
Lucille Ball
Charles Coburn
Boris Karloff

Douglas Sirk


At a taxi dance hall, three Thonet chair models appear in the taxi dancers gallery. Sandra Carpenter (Lucille Ball) has her hand on a No. 18, a No. 45 sits on the left front row, and a variation on the No. 18, with a narrower center back loop, sits in the back row.

A later scene in the White Swan, with Thonet No. 18 chairs (detail).

Raw Deal 1948

Dennis O'Keefe
Claire Trevor
Marsha Hunt
Raymond Burr

Anthony Mann

A Thonet No. 18 as a foreground witness to the double cross in the back room at Grimshaw’s Taxidermy, Fishing and Sport Supplies.

The stuffed bear looks almost like a noir shadow of the gunman.

Another Thonet No. 18 can be seen in the background of the main room at Grimshaw’s.

Call Northside 777 1948 James Stewart
Richard Conte
Lee J. Cobb
Helen Walker

Henry Hathaway

Thonet chairs at tables in the background in a bar scene, part of a famous montage of bar scenes in the movie.
Highway 13 1948

Robert Lowery
Pamela Blake
Clem Bevans
Michael Whalen

William Berke


In the Clover garage and diner where trucker Hank Wilson (Robert Lowery) meets his fiance, the waitress (Pamela Blake).

The chairs at the tables—shown only in the background—are Thonet No. 124s, with the newer curved leg brace.

I Remember Mama 1948

Irene Dunne
Barbara Bel Geddes
Oskar Homolka
Ellen Corby
Philip Dorn
Rudy Vallee

George Stevens

Thonet No. 18s in a scene in the “Gentlemen’s” and a later scene in a hospital room.
Wrong Number
1948 Barbara Stanwyck
Burt Lancaster

Anatole Litvak

Thonet Chairs in a kitchen scene.
The Fallen Idol 1948

Ralph Richardson
Bobby Henrey
Michèle Morgan
Denis O'Dea
Jack Hawkins

Carol Reed

Baines (Ralph Richardson) and Julie (Michèle Morgan) sit in Thonet No. 14s in an early scene in a restaurant. The empty chair will soon be occupied by Philippe (Bobby Henrey), the third member of this tragic triangle.

On the left, the chairs cast noir shadows on the wall and, importantly, on Baines’s back.
Shockproof 1949

Cornel Wilde
Patricia Knight
John Baragrey
Esther Minciotti

Douglas Sirk

An early scene in a bookie joint. Thonet No. 18s at the tables.
Stage Fright 1950

Jane Wyman
Marlene Dietrich
Michael Wilding
Richard Todd
Alastair Sim
Patricia Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock


On stage during a rehearsal at RADA, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, with a Thonet No. 14 at a table. Eve Gill (Jane Wyman) in the hoop skirt.

In a later scene, Freddie Williams (Hector MacGregor) brings a chair for Charlotte Inwood (Marlene Dietrich). The chair is an upholstered variation on the Thonet No. 3
(writing desk armchair).

The File on Thelma Jordon 1950

Barbara Stanwyck
Wendell Corey
Paul Kelly

Robert Siodmak

The Thonet chairs in this restaurant scene early in the film may be examples of the dining chair designed by Gustav Siegel for Thonet in the early 1900s.

Also see Teacher’s Pet 1958.
Woman on the Run 1950

Ann Sheridan
Dennis O'Keefe

Norman Foster


Woman on the Run declares its noir sensibility with a a Thonet No. 18 right at the beginining, when Eleanor Johnson (Ann Sheridan) lifts Rembrandt (actor uncredited) off of a Thonet No. 18.

Thonet No. 18s show up in later scenes, for example, this one with the Thonet No. 18 in the foreground, used as a stand for a painting.

Young Man with a Horn 1950 Kirk Douglas
Lauren Bacall
Doris Day
Hoagy Carmichael

Michael Curtiz

Doris Day, Hoagy Carmichael and Kirk Douglas in a hospital room scene.  Thonet No. 45s in the background.
Many other Thonet Chairs shown very briefly or barely visible, especially in Galba's Club.
Caged 1950 Eleanor Parker
Agnes Moorehead
Ellen Corby
Hope Emerson

John Cromwell

Quicksand 1950

Mickey Rooney
Jeanne Cagney
Barbara Bates
Peter Lorre

Irving Pichel

A restaurant scene in the film features Thonet No. 18 chairs at the tables. This shot includes a noir shadow of the chair.

Dan Brady (Mickey Rooney) is just entering the scene at the far right.

The Asphalt Jungle 1950 Sterling Hayden
Louis Calhern
Jean Hagen
James Whitmore
Sam Jaffe
John McIntire

John Huston

Thonet No. 18
Borderline 1950

Fred MacMurray
Claire Trevor
Raymond Burr

William A. Seiter

Pete Ritchie (Raymond Burr) frowns at his beer while Madeleine Haley, posing as Gladys LaRue (Claire Trevor) gets up close during a dance routine in a Mexican café.

The café tables all have Thonet No. 18 chairs.

Pandora and the Flying Dutchman 1951

Ava Gardner
James Mason
Nigel Patrick
Sheila Sim
Harold Warrender
Mario Cabré
Marius Goring

Albert Lewin


Pandora (Ava Gardner) appears early in a bar called Las Dos Tortugas (the two turtles). The bar’s chairs are Thonet No. 14, with the older circular lower leg brace and optional back braces. Some have an added cane insert.

Bullfighter Juan Montalvo (Mario Cabré) makes his dramatic entrance to Las Dos Tortugas later in the film. (image cropped slightly)


The Big Night 1951

John Drew Barrymore
Preston Foster
Joan Lorring

Joseph Losey

Thonet No. 3 writing desk armchairs in Tuffy's Tavern.
On Dangerous Ground 1951

Ida Lupino
Robert Ryan
Ward Bond

Nicholas Ray
Ida Lupino (uncredited)

  Just glimpsed in a restaurant scene: a Melnikov Roundback café chair designed by Michael Thonet, or a variant.
His Kind of Woman 1951 Robert Mitchum
Jane Russell
Vincent Price

John Farrow
Richard Fleischer

Thonet No. 18s and No. 45s in a diner.
Sudden Fear 1952 Joan Crawford
Jack Palance
Gloria Grahame

David Miller

The opening scene of Sudden Fear shows a rehearsal of Halfway to Heaven, a new Myra Hudson (Joan Crawford) play, with Thonet No. 18s on the stage set.
The Greatest Show on Earth 1952 Betty Hutton
Cornel Wilde
Charlton Heston
James Stewart
Dorothy Lamour
Gloria Grahame
Lyle Bettger

Cecil B. DeMille

Four clowns and a Thonet No. 18.

As each clown attempts to sit in the chair, the next clown in line jerks the chair away.

Vicki 1953

Jeanne Crain
Jean Peters
Elliott Reid
Richard Boone

Harry Horner


Jill (Jeanne Crain) and Vicki (Jean Peters) in Webster’s Cafeteria. The chairs are Thonet No. 391 or similar, with the more modern curved leg braces.


Jill packing in Club Capri, with upholstered Thonet chairs.

The Band Wagon 1953

Fred Astaire
Cyd Charisse
Oscar Levant
Nanette Fabray
Jack Buchanan

Vincente Minnelli

This is the final segment of the musical within a musical. The segment has a noir (ganster) motif, is set in “Dem Bones Café,” and features both Thonet No. 18s and No. 45s.

Other scenes also feature Thonet chairs.

The Fake 1953 Dennis O'Keefe
Coleen Gray
Hugh Williams
Guy Middleton
John Laurie
Eliot Makeham
and many others

Godfrey Grayson

Thonet No. 14
Journey to Italy 1954

Ingrid Bergman
George Sanders

Roberto Rossellini

Thonet No. 18s (with optional back braces) In the Bersagliera restaurant.
The Big Knife 1955 Jack Palance
Ida Lupino
Wendell Corey
Jean Hagen
Rod Steiger
Shelley Winters

Robert Aldrich

A set within a set.
Three Cases of Murder 1955 Alan Badel
Orson Welles
John Gregson
André Morell
Patrick Macnee

Three Cases of Murder is a so-called omnibus movie with three separate stories.

This scene is in the middle segment “You Killed Elizabeth,” directed by David Eady.

The chairs look like a more modern version of the No.12 or No. 393 shown in the 1904 Thonet Illustrated Catalogue.
French Cancan 1955

Jean Gabin
Françoise Arnoul
María Félix
Édith Piaf

Jean Renoir

Café scenes feature Thonet chairs, as befits this consciously painterly film.

Here two models appear to have the backs of the Thonet No. 14 and Thonet No. 18 models, but with squared bottoms. These chairs also have unusual leg bracing.

The Phenix City Story 1955

John McIntire
Richard Kiley
Kathryn Grant

Phil Karlson

Just the top of a Thonet No. 18 (lower right) in a bar scene.
Illegal 1955

Edward G. Robinson
Nina Foch
Hugh Marlowe
Jayne Mansfield
DeForest Kelley

Lewis Allen

Thonet No. 18s and No. 45—and Victor Scott (Edward G. Robinson)—in Joe’s Bar.

A Thonet No. 45 appears in another scene, in D.F. Jarvis Bail Bonds, where Victor Scott is getting his stomach pumped after drinking poison in a courtroom.

The Killer Is Loose 1956

Joseph Cotten
Rhonda Fleming
Wendell Corey
Alan Hale Jr.

Budd Boetticher

The room in which police are recording a tapped phone is furnished with Thonet No. 18 chairs. Here the shot is over the back of an empty chair.
The Killing 1956 Sterling Hayden
Coleen Gray
Vince Edwards

Stanley Kubrick

Kola Kwariani and Sterling Hayden in the “Academy of Chess and Checkers.” A Thonet No. 45 seems like a third party to the conversation in this shot.

Both Thonet No. 18s and No. 45s are visible in several shots in the academy.

Around the World in 80 Days 1956 David Niven
many cameos including
Marlene Dietrich

Michael Anderson

Marlene Dietrich between Thonet No. 18s.

Sweet Smell of Success 1957

Burt Lancaster
Tony Curtis
Susan Harrison
Martin Milner

Alexander Mackendrick


Early in the film, Joe Robard (Joseph Leon) in Robard’s Jazz Club, with Thonet No. 18s at the tables. (Detail below)

Thonet No. 18 chairs are also visible (barely) in later shots in 21 Club.

The Smallest Show on Earth 1957

Bill Travers
Virginia McKenna
Peter Sellers
Margaret Rutherford
Bernard Miles

Basil Dearden


The Smallest Show on Earth is a British comedy in the tradition of American screwball comedies, with no hint of noir in the plot.

The presence of Thonet No. 14 chairs in the Private Office of the Bijou Kinema (the “flea pit”) is a reference to the golden past of film (and film noir), as the Bijou is part of that past.

Above, Robin Carter (Leslie Phillips), Matt Spenser (Bill Travers) and Jean Spenser (Virginia McKenna) in the office. Below, Jean Spenser in the the office with a noir shadow of the No. 14 she’s sitting on.


Teacher's Pet 1958 Clark Gable
Doris Day
Gig Young
Mamie Van Doren

George Seaton

The Thonet chairs in this scene look like examples of the dining chair designed by Gustav Siegel for Thonet in the early 1900s, in this case with decorative nails.

Also see The File on Thelma Jordon (1950).
Party Girl 1958

Robert Taylor
Cyd Charisse
Lee J. Cobb

Nicholas Ray


In Party Girl, Thonet chairs appear in a dressing room set, and in several bar scenes (top image) but are barely visible.

The violent, climactic scene features a Thonet No. 18 in a corner, casting a noir shadow on the wall. In this image, Rico Angelo (Lee J. Cobb) realizes that the game is up, while the chair looks on.
Orders to Kill 1958

Eddie Albert
Paul Massie
Lillian Gish
James Robertson Justice
Irene Worth
Philip Bond
Leslie French
John Crawford

Anthony Asquith

Thonet No. 54s (or similar) in a restaurant scene.
Some Came Running 1958 Frank Sinatra
Dean Martin
Shirley MacLaine

Vincente Minnelli

Two Thonet No. 18s in a hotel room.
The Crimson Kimono 1959

Victoria Shaw
Glenn Corbett
James Shigeta

Samuel Fuller

A Thonet No. 18 in Sugar Torchs’ (Gloria Pall) dressing room at the 258 Club.

Shuto (played by the Japanese-American wrestler and stuntman Fuji) throws a Thonet No. 18 at Det. Sgt. Charlie Bancroft (Glenn Corbett) in a Pool Hall.

Thonet No. 18s and No. 45s stacked on tables.
Some Like It Hot 1959

Marilyn Monroe
Tony Curtis
Jack Lemmon
George Raft
Joe E. Brown

Billy Wilder


It’s Chicago. 1929

In Mozarella’s Funeral Parlor (24 Hour Service), “Spats” Colombo (George Raft) cleans his spat after a drunk spilled “coffee” on it.

Most of the chairs in Mozarella’s are Thonet No. 18s, some with the optional back brace like the one Spats’s henchman (Mike Mazurki) is sitting in.

A Thonet No. 45 is visible in one shot.


The Apartment 1960

Jack Lemmon
Shirley MacLaine
Fred MacMurray
Jack Kruschen
Edie Adams

Billy Wilder

Barely more than five minutes into The Apartment C. C. Baxter (Jack Lemmon) enters his apartment, which is furnished with four Thonet chairs.
Shots toward the kitchen (right) and bathroom (left) look past the chairs.
Two Thonet No. 4 Café Daum chairs sit at a circular table with one half folded down.
Two Thonet No. 15 armchairs also appear in the apartment. One is on the left here.
Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine) walks between the twoThonet chair models to the bathroom where she attempts suicide.
In a late scene, Fran Kubelik is reclining in Baxter’s bed, which has an ornate Thonet bentwood headboard.

The Thonet chiars have been rearranged and the circular table unfolded for a dinner.

(See Irma la Douce, 1963
Edward G. Boyle was a set decorator for both movies, and for others directed by Wilder.)

One, Two, Three 1961

James Cagney
Horst Buchholz
Pamela Tiffin
Arlene Francis

Billy Wilder


The “Grand Hotel Potemkin,” in East Germany, is furnished with Thonet chairs, No. 14, No 507 or similar, and other models.

According to the script, the Grand Hotel Potemkin used to be the Great Hotel Göring, and before that, the Great Hotel Bismarck.

The name “Grand Hotel Potemkin,” may refer to the 1925 Eisenstein film Battleship Potemkin, but seems at least as likely to refer to a Potemkin village—a fake village—and the “Grand Hotel Potemkin,” is a fake “grand” hotel.

(Both images cropped from widescreen screenshots.)


(Paris Blues


Paul Newman
Joanne Woodward
Sidney Poitier
Louis Armstrong
Diahann Carroll

Martin Ritt

Thonet No. 18 chairs in Club 33, where the band practices and plays. There are also Thonet stools shown stored upside down in the practice scenes.
The Hustler 1961 Paul Newman
Jackie Gleason
Piper Laurie
George C. Scott

Robert Rossen


Thonet No. 45 in a bar scene.

Thonet No. 18 upstairs in the pool hall.

David and Lisa 1962

Keir Dullea
Janet Margolin
Howard Da Silva

Frank Perry

Thonet No. 18 in a single scene in the dining room of the residential psychiatric treatment center. Some other chairs in this set may be Thonet No. 18s with cloth back and seat covers.
Two Weeks in Another Town 1962

Kirk Douglas
Edward G. Robinson
Cyd Charisse
George Hamilton
Claire Trevor
Daliah Lavi
Rosanna Schiaffino

Vincente Minnelli

This Thonet No. 18 inexplicably sits in front of the first row in a studio screening room, between director Maurice Kruger (Edward G. Robinson) and the screen.

Hell Is for Heroes 1962 Steve McQueen
Bobby Darin
Fess Parker
Michele Montau

Don Siegel

Requiem for a Heavyweight 1962

Anthony Quinn
Jackie Gleason
Mickey Rooney
Julie Harris

Ralph Nelson

From a television script by Rod Serling.

Probably a Thonet No. 18 that Anthony Quinn is sitting on.

Irma la Douce 1963

Jack Lemmon
Shirley MacLaine
Lou Jacobi
Herschel Bernardi

Billy Wilder


Irma la Douce (Irma the Sweet) features Thonet chairs and other Thonet furniture more than any movie I’ve seen.

Chez Moustache (the bar/poolroom) includes Thonet No. 45s at the  tables and at least one Thonet bar stool at the bar.

Near the end of the movie, as Moustache mops the floor, Thonet chairs are shown stacked on tables, a noir trope.
One shot is through the chairs with important action—a police car arriving— outside the bar.

Irma’s “office” (bedroom), contains at least three styles of Thonet chair, including a Thonet armchair very similar to a No. 3.

The inspector’s office includes a Kanapee (sofa), similar to No. 12, a Kleiderstock (clothes stand) similar to No. 4 in the 1904 Thonet catalog, or the Café Daum coatstand, and what looks like a red upholstered Thonet chair.

(See The Apartment, 1960
Edward G. Boyle was a set decorator for both movies, and for others directed by Wilder.)

The Train 1964

Burt Lancaster
Paul Scofield
Jeanne Moreau
Michel Simon

John Frankenheimer


Thonet No. 54s appear in several restaurant scenes—Paul Labiche (Burt Lancaster) center. (cropped detail below).

Another scene briefly shows the top of a Thonet No. 18.

The World of
Henry Orient

Peter Sellers
Paula Prentiss
Merrie Spaeth
Tippy Walker
Tom Bosley
Angela Lansbury

George Roy Hill

Henry Orient (Peter Sellers) and Stella Dunnworthy (Paula Prentiss) in Gino’s, a “spaghetti joint.”

Thonet No. 18s at the tables.

The Killing of Sister George 1968 Beryl Reid
Susannah York
Coral Browne

Robert Aldrich

Rosemary's Baby 1968 Mia Farrow
John Cassavetes
Ruth Gordon
Sidney Blackmer
Maurice Evans
Ralph Bellamy
Angela Dorian

Roman Polanski

Thonet No. 33 chairs show up in several shots of the kitchen.  Another Thonet chair can be seen in a bedroom scene.
The Sergeant 1968

Rod Steiger
John Phillip Law
Ludmila Mikaël

John Flynn

This screenshot is from the climactic scene where Sgt. Callan (Rod Steiger) kisses PFC Swanson (John Phillip Law) in a bar.

The chairs are Thonet No. 56 (1904 catalog) with the newer arched lower braces.

The Wild Bunch 1969 William Holden
Ernest Borgnine
Robert Ryan
Edmond O'Brien
Warren Oates
Jaime Sánchez
Ben Johnson

Sam Peckinpah

Two Thonet chairs appear in this scene. They look like part of the No. 19 - No. 31 series shown in the 1904 Thonet Illustrated Catalogue.
Rio Lobo 1970 John Wayne
Jorge Rivero
Jennifer O'Neill
Jack Elam
Christopher Mitchum

Howard Hawks

Thonet No. 18s behind the table.  At the table, two writing desk armchairs No. 3 with the newer curved lower braces.
Cabaret 1972 Liza Minnelli
Michael York
Joel Grey

Bob Fosse

The famous opening scene of Cabaret is full of Thonet chairs, mostly No. 18s.
A Doll’s House 1973

Jane Fonda
Edward Fox
Trevor Howard

Joseph Losey

In the Kaffe Salon
Emergency!: Season 3: "How Green Was My Thumb?" 1974 Kevin Tighe
Randolph Mantooth

Christian I. Nyby II

Fire in a winery.
The Front Page 1974

Jack Lemmon
Walter Matthau
Charles Durning
David Wayne
Susan Sarandon
Austin Pendleton
Carol Burnett

Billy Wilder


In Wilder’s widescreen remake of The Front Page, a Thonet No. 18 sits outside Walter Burns’ (Walter Mathau) office. In this detail, Hildebrand ‘Hildy’ Johnson (Jack Lemmon) walks out after telling Burns he’s quitting and getting married.

In a later scene, Mollie Malloy (Carol Burnett) fights off a crowd of journalists with a Thonet chair (unknown model) before jumping out the window.
(Burnet’s action pose in this detail is reminiscent of Clyde Beatty taming lions with a Thonet No. 18. See Thonet Chairs in Art.)

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia 1974 Warren Oates
Isela Vega
Robert Webber
Gig Young
Helmut Dantine

Sam Peckinpah

Columbo Season 2: "Etude in Black" 1976 Peter Falk

Nicholas Colasanto

S 6, E10
“Welcome to Santa Rosa County”
1976 Kevin Tighe
Randolph Mantooth

Christian I. Nyby II

Thonet No. 45 and No. 18
Emergency! S6, E3 “The Unlikely Heirs" 1976 Kevin Tighe
Randolph Mantooth

Georg Fenady

A fire at a stage set.
Julia 1977 Jane Fonda
Vanessa Redgrave
Jason Robards
Hal Holbrook
Rosemary Murphy
Maximilian Schell

Fred Zinnemann

Columbo: Season 7: "Try and Catch Me" 1977 Peter Falk

James Frawley

The Turning Point 1977 Shirley MacLaine
Anne Bancroft
Tom Skerritt
Mikhail Baryshnikov
Leslie Browne

Herbert Ross

Despair 1978 Dirk Bogarde
Andréa Ferréol
Klaus Löwitsch
Volker Spengler

Rainer Werner Fassbinder

The Ninth Configuration 1980

Stacy Keach
Scott Wilson
Jason Miller
Ed Flanders

William Peter Blatty


Early scenes in The Ninth Configuration feature a Thonet No. 14 painted green.

Later, in Kane’s office in the castle, there are two Thonet No. 14s for visitors.

The Verdict 1982 Paul Newman
Charlotte Rampling
Jack Warden
James Mason
Milo O'Shea

Sidney Lumet

Buffalo Bill: Season 2: Episode 2 "Buffalo Beat" 1983 Dabney Coleman
Max Wright
Joanna Cassidy
Geena Davis
John Fiedler

Tom Patchett

No. 18 and No. 16
L'argent 1983

Christian Patey
Béatrice Tabourin
Didier Baussy
Vincent Visterucci

Robert Bresson

Thonet No. 54 (or similar) in a restaurant scene near the end of the film.
Lianna 1983

Linda Griffiths
Jane Hallaren
Jon DeVries

John Sayles

The Trip to Bountiful 1985

Geraldine Page
John Heard
Carlin Glynn
Richard Bradford
Rebecca De Mornay

Peter Masterson


Jessie Mae (Carlin Glynn) sits on a Thonet No. 19 in Sam’s Pharmacy


In a late scene in a bus station,  Mrs. Watts (Geraldine Page) and an unocupied Thonet No. 98, or a similar model in the 90 series.

The Quick and the Dead 1987 Sam Elliott
Tom Conti
Kate Capshaw
Kenny Morrison
Matt Clark

Robert Day

Best Seller 1987 James Woods
Brian Dennehy
Victoria Tennant

John Flynn

Another Woman 1988

Philip Bosco
Betty Buckley
Blythe Danner Sandy Dennis
Mia Farrow
Gene Hackman
and many others Director:
Woody Allen

The Committments 1991 Robert Arkins
Michael Aherne
Angeline Ball
Maria Doyle
and many others

Alan Parker

More Thonet chairs in other scenes.
Agatha Christie's Miss Marple:
They Do It with Mirrors
1991 Joan Hickson
Jean Simmons
Joss Ackland
and many others

Norman Stone

Howards End 1992 Anthony Hopkins
Vanessa Redgrave
Helena Bonham Carter
Emma Thompson
James Wilby
Samuel West
Jemma Redgrave
Prunella Scales
The wedding party tent is furnished with Thonet No. 18 chairs. The penultimate shot of the party looks through one chair (detail from widescreen screenshot).
Citizen X 1995 Stephen Rea
Donald Sutherland
Max von Sydow

Chris Gerolmo

The chair is a Thonet No. 54, with a plywood seat.
Shanghai Triad 1995 Gong Li
Li Baotian
Li Xuejian
Sun Chun
Wang Xiaoxiao

Zhang Yimou

Thonet chairs also appear in other scenes.
A Summer's Tale
Conte d'été
1996 Melvil Poupaud
Amanda Langlet
Gwenaëlle Simon
Aurelia Nolin
Aimé Lefèvre
Alain Guellaff
Evelyne Lahana
Yves Guérin
Franck Cabot

Éric Rohmer

America's Sweethearts 2001 Catherine Zeta-Jones

Joe Roth

The scene is from “Time Over Time,” a film made by Hal Weidmann (Christopher Walken), reworking the opening of Cabaret.
Zeta-Jones is sitting on a No. 16. A No. 18 is in the background.
The Quiet American 2002 Michael Caine
Brendan Fraser
Do Thi Hai Yen

Phillip Noyce

Till Human Voices Wake Us 2002 Guy Pearce
Helena Bonham Carter

Michael Petroni

Evelyn 2002 Sophie Vavasseur
Pierce Brosnan
Stephen Rea
Alan Bates
Julianna Margulies
Aidan Quinn

Bruce Beresford

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind 2002

Drew Barrymore
George Clooney
Julia Roberts
Sam Rockwell

George Clooney


In a break-room scene, the chairs look like a variant of the Melnikov Roundback café chair designed by Michael Thonet.

In the background of a bar scene, a Thonet writing desk armchair No. 3.


Speakeasy 2002

David Strathairn
Nicky Katt
Stacy Edwards
Arthur Hiller
Lake Bell
Christopher McDonald

Brendan Murphy

A restaurant set
There are Thonet chairs in at least one other set.
In the Cut 2003

Meg Ryan
Mark Ruffalo
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Kevin Bacon (uncredited)

Jane Campion

In a restaurant scene most chairs are the usual Thonet No. 18s. One, barely seen early in this set is a Thonet No. 16.

Monarch of the Glen: Series 5: "Episode 4 or 6" 2003 Lloyd Owen
Alastair Mackenzie
Dawn Steele

Robert Knights

Both Thonet No. 16 and Thonet No. 18 in a restaurant scene.
Ray 2004 Jamie Foxx
Kerry Washington
Clifton Powell
Harry Lennix
Terrence Howard
Larenz Tate
Richard Schiff
Regina King

Taylor Hackford

Thonet chairs upside down on restaurant tables (or stacked) is a trope of noir movies.
Chaos 2005 Jason Statham
Ryan Phillippe
Wesley Snipes
Justine Waddell
Keegan Connor Tracy
Henry Czerny

Tony Giglio

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day 2008 Frances McDormand
Amy Adams
Ciarán Hinds
Lee Pace

Bharat Nalluri

No. 18 and No. 16 in a dressing room scene.
Coco Before Chanel 2009 Audrey Tautou,
Benoît Poelvoorde,
Alessandro Nivola,
Marie Gillain,
Emmanuelle Devos

Anne Fontaine

Today's Special 2009 Aasif Mandvi

David Kaplan

Three models are shown:
No. 18, No. 16, No.14
Georgia O'Keeffe 2009 Joan Allen
Jeremy Irons

Bob Balaban

Grey's Anatomy: Season 5: "What a Difference a Day Makes" 2009 Ellen Pompeo
Sandra Oh
Katherine Heigl
and many others

Rob Corn

The American 2010 George Clooney

Anton Corbijn

In the Bar Del Monte.
Foyle’s War
Series 6 Episode 1
The Russian House
2010 Michael Kitchen
Honeysuckle Weeks
Anthony Howell
Foyle’s War
Series 6 Episode 3
The Hide
2010 Michael Kitchen
Honeysuckle Weeks
Anthony Howell

In an early scene in Der Alte Palast Dresden Cafe, one room has many Thonet No. 18s. In the background is a tall stool with a back, possibly a Thonet No. 10/14 or No. 20.
The Adventures of Tintin 2011

Steven Spielberg

The Captain, Snowy and Tintin, with Thonet chairs in the background.
Hugo 2011 Ben Kingsley
Sacha Baron Cohen
Asa Butterfield
Chloë Grace Moretz
Ray Winstone
Emily Mortimer
Christopher Lee
Jude Law

Martin Scorsese

Mildred Pierce 2011

Kate Winslet
Guy Pearce
Evan Rachel Wood
Melissa Leo

Todd Haynes


Mildred’s Restaurant is furnished with Thonet No. 16 chairs.

Two scenes feature the Thonet No. 16s upside down on tables:
This one is a turning point in the plot.  A later, similar scene is toward the end of the plot.

Renoir 2012 Michel Bouquet
Christa Theret
Vincent Rottiers
Thomas Doret

Gilles Bourdos

Foyle’s War
Series 7 Episode 3
2013 Michael Kitchen
Honeysuckle Weeks

Looking through a Thonet No. 14, with Foyle’s hat on the seat, at another Thonet No. 14, an echo of the over-the-shoulder shot from Foyle to Thomas Nelson.

Other episodes in series 7 also show Thonet chairs.

The Best Offer 2013 Geoffrey Rush
Jim Sturgess
Sylvia Hoeks
Donald Sutherland

Giuseppe Tornatore

The Best Offer—a film about an art collector—includes Thonet No. 18s in some scenes, and a Thonet No. 18 in a painting (apparently made for the film).
Inside Llewyn Davis 2013 Oscar Isaac
Carey Mulligan
John Goodman
Justin Timberlake
Adam Driver

Joel Coen
Ethan Coen


Thonet chairs upside down on restaurant tables (or stacked) and noir shadows of Thonet chairs are tropes of noir movies.

(Detail from full-frame screenshot and a further crop below to show the shadows.)

American Hustle 2013 Christian Bale
Bradley Cooper
Amy Adams
Jeremy Renner
Jennifer Lawrence

David O. Russell

Thonet No.14 appears in an outdoor cafe scene.
Jimi: All Is by My Side 2013 André Benjamin
Imogen Poots
Hayley Atwell
Burn Gorman

John Ridley

Saving Mr. Banks 2013 Emma Thompson
Tom Hanks
Paul Giamatti
Jason Schwartzman
Bradley Whitford
Colin Farrell

John Lee Hancock

Phantom 2013

Ed Harris
David Duchovny
William Fichtner
Lance Henriksen
Johnathon Schaech
Julian Adams

Todd Robinson

Thonet chair in background
Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself 2013 George Plimpton

Tom Bean
Luke Poling

In a Paris café
Days and Nights 2013 Jean Reno
Katie Holmes
William Hurt
and many more

and Director:
Christian Camargo


Foyle’s War
Series 6 Episode 1
The Russian House

2010 Michael Kitchen
Honeysuckle Weeks
Thonet No. 18s in a bar.
Blood Ties 2013 Clive Owen
Billy Crudup
Marion Cotillard
Mila Kunis
Zoe Saldana
Matthias Schoenaerts
James Caan

Guilleaume Canet

Good People 2013 James Franco
Kate Hudson
Omar Sy
Tom Wilkinson
Sam Spruell

Henrik Ruben Genz

Broadchurch (BBC) 2013 David Tennant
Olivia Colman

James Strong
Euros Lyn

Testament of Youth 2014 Alicia Vikander
Kit Harington
Taron Egerton
Colin Morgan
Emily Watson
Hayley Atwell
Dominic West
Miranda Richardson

James Kent

An Honest Liar 2014 James Randi
Alice Cooper
Bill Nye
Adam Savage
Penn & Teller
Michael Shermer

Justin Weinstein
Tyler Measom

This documentary shows Thonet chairs in several scenes, including this one, with Harry Houdini ringing a bell with his toes. Other scenes show stage escapes from being tied in a Thonet chair.
Houdini 2014 Adrien Brody
Kristen Connolly

Uli Edel

To Be Takei 2014 George Takei

Jennifer M. Kroot

This is a scene from Takei’s musical Allegiance, shown in the documentary.
Klondike 2014 Richard Madden
Abbie Cornish
Marton Csokas
Ian Hart
Greg Lawson
Conor Leslie
Tim Blake Nelson
Augustus Prew
Johnny Simmons
Tim Roth
Sam Shepard

Simon Cellan Jones

Thonet chairs appear in other scenes as well.
Grandma 2015

Lily Tomlin
Julia Garner
Marcia Gay Harden
Judy Greer
Laverne Cox
Sam Elliott

Paul Weitz

A Thonet No. 391 in the Bonobo Café.
Danny Collins 2015 Al Pacino
Annette Bening
Jennifer Garner
Bobby Cannavale
Christopher Plummer

Dan Fogelman

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries: Series 3: “Murder & the Maiden” 2015 Essie Davis
Nathan Page
Hugo Johnstone-Burt
Ashleigh Cummings

Tony Tilse

Thonet chairs also appear in other episodes.
Bartender 2016 Don Cheadle

Gina Prince-Bythewood


One of nine short black-and-white films, a series of classic film-noir scenarios. The action takes place in a dimly lit bar with Thonet chairs, some on top of tables.

Written And Directed By
Gina Prince-Bythewood
Set Decorator: Marisa Collins

Presented by The New York Times

The Crown 2016

Claire Foy
Matt Smith
Vanessa Kirby
Eileen Atkins
John Lithgow
and many others

Thonet No. 18s in a “gentleman's club.” Another shot in the same set shows a Thonet No. 14 from the back..
Café Society 2016

Jeannie Berlin
Steve Carell
Jesse Eisenberg
Blake Lively
Parker Posey
Kristen Stewart
Corey Stoll
Ken Stott

Woody Allen

Thonet No. 18s
Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You 2016 Norman Lear
George Clooney
Bill Moyers

Heidi Ewing
Rachel Grady

This is a movie set shown in the documentary. Lear is sitting in a No. 18, the other three chairs are No. 16s.
La La Land 2016

Ryan Gosling
Emma Stone
John Legend
Rosemarie DeWitt

Damien Chazelle


Thonet No. 18s in the jazz club scenes, echoing many movies with jazz club scenes, including musicals Cabaret and The Band Wagon.

This is not surprising, as La La Land is full of homage to earlier musicals and other classic movies.

The Magnificent Seven 2016

Denzel Washington
Chris Pratt
Ethan Hawke
Vincent D'Onofrio
and others

Antoine Fuqua

A Thonet No. 18 in a very brief cameo in the background of one shot. (Detail from widescreen image.)
Call the Midwife:
Series 6, Episode 8
2017 Created by Heidi Thomas Thonet No. 18s in a restaurant scene with, left to right, dentist Christopher Dockerill (Jack Hawkins), his daughter Alexandra Dockerill (Tipper Seifert-Cleveland), and nurse Beatrix “Trixie” Franklin (Helen George).
The Sense of an Ending 2017

Jim Broadbent
Charlotte Rampling
Harriet Walter
Emily Mortimer
Michelle Dockery

Ritesh Batra

At a boys’ assembly, in the foreground left to right:
Adrian Finn Jr. (Andrew Buckley), Tony Webster (Billy Howle) and Joseph Dobson’s empty chair, a Thonet No. 18.

The Lost City of Z 2017

Charlie Hunnam
Robert Pattinson
Sienna Miller
Tom Holland

James Gray

Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam) sents a telegram in an office (a consulate?) next to a Thonet No. 18 with optional back braces.

(Detail from widescreen screenshot.)

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