Here are some more appearances of one of John Landis’ trademarks, “See You Next Wednesday.” This time it’s in “An American Werewolf in London.” The phrase is used as the title of a porn movie which appears both on posters in the London underground and on a theater marquee.
Here’s another one from John Landis. We’ve said before that he is the king of movie Easter eggs…well, one that he uses a lot is the phrase “See You Next Wednesday.” The origins of the phrase are unclear…some say he uses it as a salute to “2001: A Space Odyssey” (it is used during a video phone call in that film). Anyhow, Landis usually uses it as the title of a movie. In “The Blues Brothers” it can be spotted twice. Once on a large billboard that some Illinois state troopers are hiding behind, the other on a theater marque as the “Illinois Nazi’s” car crashes to the ground toward the end of the film. This second one was lost for years due to pan-and-scan TV versions of the film, but thanks to widescreen, you can spot it again.
“See You Next Wednesday is a recurring gag in most of the films directed by John Landis, usually referenced as a fictional film. No version of See You Next Wednesday in any Landis film ever looks the same as it did in any previous Landis film.”
In The Blues Brothers (1980), SYNW is glimpsed on a billboard which also features a huge gorilla. It also appears on the cinema sign behind where the Nazi Pinto crashes through the road. The film is directed by the fictional Carl La Fong, a reference to the W.C. Fields comedy It’s A Gift (1934) and a character name Landis has used as an anonymous credit on a number of his other films.
Not to be confused with “See You Next Tuesday,” which is a subtle way of spelling a naughty word.