Don't call me Shirley.
At the beginning of the Closing Credits
, a short clip of each of the major characters is shown and caption shows the actor's name. The clips are usually from scenes earlier in the show/film, but sometimes they might be extra footage.
Much more common back in The Thirties
, when this trope was sometimes used at the beginning of the movie to introduce the cast. Warner Bros.
did this for all its films in the first years of the sound era.
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Films — Live-Action
- Absolute Beginners
- Baby Face
- The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training
- The Blues Brothers, Coming to America, Burke and Hare, The Stupids, and Trading Places, all directed by John Landis
- Bustin' Loose
- Citizen Kane and The Magnificent Ambersons, the first two films directed by Orson Welles. Welles did not include himself in the video credits for Kane despite playing the lead role, instead burying his own credit at the bottom of a quick list of minor characters. For The Magnificent Ambersons, Welles not only had video credits but narrated video credits, with Welles reading off the actors' names as they appear in turn ("Joseph Cotten played Eugene Morgan") and reading off the crew's names with appropriate video clips (for example, a shot of a film camera as Welles says "the photographer (i.e., cinematographer) was Stanley Cortez").
- City Limits reminded us which of the cast survived the film by listing them by [Actor] is/was [Character] (e.g. John Stockwell is Lee; Dean Devlin was Ernie), except for the Special Appearances By credits (Special Appearance by Robbie Benson as Carver; and James Earl Jones as Albert).
- Cloud Atlas uses this trope to show each of the many roles each of the principal actors played in the movie.
- The Comedy of Terrors
- Con Air
- The Deer Hunter
- Dinner At Eight
- Dracula: Dead and Loving It featured credits like this framed in ornamental picture (or possibly mirror) frames
- The Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers serials always did this at the beginning of their first few chapters. The later episodes of each serial would omit the cast portraits.
- Footlight Parade
- 42nd Street
- Half Past Dead 2
- Inside Man
- Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
- Kill Bill, at the end of the second film.
- King Solomon's Mines (1937 version)
- The Little Rascals (1994)
- Little Shop of Horrors (1986 version)
- The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King: As the last of the movie trilogy it's the only one to have "real" closing credits, with photos of the cast treated to look like hand-drawn art.
- "Manos" The Hands of Fate — for all the good it did them.
- Mr Beans Holiday
- Not Another Teen Movie
- OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies.
- Predator (with new footage of everyone laughing and happy, except for a truly scared Arnie)
- The Princess Bride
- The Producers (original film only)
- Return Of The Living Dead Necropolis
- Played with in Robin Hood: Men in Tights, where only the big-name cameos are featured this way.
- Seed Of Chucky
- All the Scream films
- The 2009 edition of Sherlock Holmes
- The Sting: The opening credits.
- Stuart Little 2
- 12 Angry Men. Somewhat necessary, considering that no character is named onscreen.
- The Wild Geese
- Seemed to have been popular with shot-on-video horror films, such as Sledgehammer, Cannibal Campout and Satan Claus
- The Last Picture Show
- A fair number of BBC sitcoms (all written by David Croft) of the '70s and '80s accompanied by the caption "You have been watching" (later adopted as the name of a panel show) including:
- Dad's Army
- 'Allo 'Allo!
- Hi-de-Hi! — though the actors are not in character. This is particularly noticable with Diane Holland (who plays snobbish Yvonne) and Leslie Dwyer (who plays miserable old man Mr Partridge) as both actors generally beam happily in the credits.
- Are You Being Served?: Since the episodes are practically teleplays, the clips are of the actors — sometimes not in-character — after completing the episode.
- And even into the '90s with Grace And Favour (a.k.a. Are You Being Served Again), You Rang, M'Lord?, and Oh Doctor Beeching (about the last series to use them).
- Skins (series finale only)
- Many MTM sitcoms did this for the supporting cast and guest stars, including The Bob Newhart Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and Taxi.
- Miranda does it too, as a loving parody of the sitcoms of the 70s, although there is No Fourth Wall during them, and the actors wave to the camera.
- Done in Ashes to Ashes. Set to heart-warming music the finale credits feature clips of the characters laughing and smiling. All the more touching as you realise just how little they did it and the overly devastating theme of the final episode.
- Many of the intros to Only Fools and Horses did this with the three main characters.
- The final episode of Babylon 5 ended with a long credit sequence showing all the regular cast (actually the regular cast of the penultimate series, for complicated reasons) in their first and last appearances in internal chronology. They also included the Entire crew.
- The Invaders did this in the opening titles, with Roy Thinnes appearing after the main title (usually in a different clip each week) and the guest cast after the opening narration. In all cases the actors' names were read by the narrator but did not appear on screen.