Alice Adams (George Stevens, 1935)
The line "I’ve seen this happen in other people’s lives and now it’s happening in ours" in this movie was adapted by Morrissey for the Smiths’ “That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore”.
Billy Liar (John Schlesinger, 1963)
It is generally assumed that this movie or the Keith Waterhouse book from which it was adapted inspired the lyrics of “William It Was Really Nothing”.
The Smiths’ “Frankly Mr. Shankly” is based on a scene from this movie featuring the main character giving his notice to the poetry-writing and undertaker Mr. Shadrack.
The line “Let’s go for a walk where it’s quiet” has been reused in the Smiths’ “The Queen Is Dead”.
The line “…struggled valiantly to combat ignorance and disease” was recycled in “Vicar In A Tutu”.
The character called Stamp exclaims at some point “Borstal, here we come!” which very likely inspired the title of the Smiths album “Strangeways Here We Come”.
Given its subject it has been speculated that the movie may also have inspired the songs “London” (train dock scene), “Cemetry Gates” (graveyard scene) and “Ordinary Boys” (“nobody but themselves”).
This movie was mentioned by Morrissey as one of his favourites in a feature titled “Sound and Vision” printed in the March 1993 issue of Movieline.