(PCM) Morley, Hollywood’s favorite brand of fake cigarettes has quite the fascinating history. The brand made it’s first appearance on the big screen in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 film Psycho and ever since Hollywood has been pay homage to the brand with countless references throughout the history of TV and film.
Morley’s have appeared in various TV shows, films, and video games that are completely unconnected to one another except for their use of the brand. Morley’s modeled to be packaged similar to that of Marlboro cigarettes and even take their name from the Marlboro cigarette nickname “Marley’s”.
The infamous brand is referenced early in episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Twilight Zone and in more recent series such as Friends, The X-Files and The Walking Dead.
In the X-Files, Morley’s are the brand of choice for the shows villain The Cigarette Smoking Man and in The Walking Dead they are referenced several times being Dale’s (RIP) cigarette of choice, Carol discovers a pack of Morley’s on a dead walker in Alexandria and a carton of Morley Lights are found by Daryl in the abandoned office building.
Morley’s can also been seen in Buffy The Vampire Slayer as the cigarette brand chosen by chain-smoking vampire Spike. In addition to many of the horror-themed series, Morley’s have also been spotted in episodes of the USA hit series Burn Notice, as protagonist Michael Weston and his mother both smoke Morley’s. They are used by George Costanza in an episode of Seinfeld and even show up in one episode of Friends where it is revealed that Rachel had a smoking habit. There is also a tie with both Malcolm In The Middle and Breaking Bad.
Other series that featured Morley’s at one time or another include ER, Prison Break, Beverly Hills 90210, Heroes, That 70’s Show, Weeds, and American Horror Story to name only a few. They are also prominently featured in the films Mission Impossible, Platoon, Prozac Nation and Heist.
Over the year’s Hollywood has used a ton of fake brands and companies, but we have found none that even come close to the amount of references to Morley cigarettes found throughout pop culture.
The folks over at Cultfaction.com have put together an amazing list of the many, many appearances of Morley cigarettes throughout the history of TV and film, see below:
- 200 Cigarettes: Lucy (Courtney Love) presents a block of Morley cigarettes to Kevin (Paul Rudd).
- 24: episode 8×06, Jack Bauer is posing as a German buyer and smokes a Light Morley Cigarette.
- Afroman: (Because I Got High Positive Remix) Sitting on a motorized couch, a man is seen smoking and holding a pack of Morley’s before he smokes a joint, throws the cigarette behind him and drops the pack because he got high.
- American Horror Story: “Birth” Violet (Taissa Farmiga) is seen with a pack of Morley Lights at the kitchen table.
- Becker: episode 2×12 “Santa On Ice” Becker smokes a Light Morley Cigarette.
- Breaking Bad: Morleys were smoked in the final season by several characters.
- Beverly Hills, 90210: Brenda Walsh returned from Paris with a smoking habit. Her parents found this out when a pack of Morleys fell out of her purse.
- Broken Saints: The character Raimi buys a packet of Morley cigarettes in this online cartoon. William B. Davis of The X-Files is a member of the voice cast, but Brooke Burgess, creator of Broken Saints, confirmed that the Morley cigarettes were in the original series “WELL before Bill signed on — but he liked the nod, none-the-less.”
- Brooklyn Rules: The three boys find a dead body in a convertible around the 5-minute mark of the movie; one of the boys steals a pack of “Morley” off the dash of the vehicle.”
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Spike (James Marsters) smokes Morley cigarettes.
- Burn Notice: In season 2 episode 5 “Scatter Point” the main character Michael is seen scattering cigarette butts outside a rooftop door and putting an empty pack of Morleys in the rooftop doorjamb. Also, in season 3 episode 4 “Fearless Leader”, he bugs a pack of Morleys. In season 4 episode 11, Maddie is seen throwing a carton of Morleys into a suitcase as she packs for a trip. In episode BN505, “Square One”, posing as crooked cops Jesse and Fiona extort, along with the security tapes, a carton of Morleys from a bodega.
- Californication: Hank (David Duchovny) often smokes Morley cigarettes and can be plainly seen in many episodes including episode four of season two (“The Raw & the Cooked”) where they are on a patio table near the end of the episode. They can also be seen in Season 5, Episode 4 at the beginning near his smartphone. This is an inside joke referencing back to Duchovny’s days on The X-Files in which the Cigarette Smoking Man usually smoked this brand.
- Cold Case: In the episode “The Plan” on this CBS show, Jerry smokes Morleys, and a pack is seen during an interrogation scene when Detective Nick Vera removes a cigarette from Jerry’s hand that has burned down to his fingers. Also, in the episode “The Sleepover”, Tiffany smokes Morleys (light brown pack instead of the traditional red) when questioned by Detective Valens.
- Criminal Minds: In the episode “North Mammon”, a pile of Morley cigarette butts led the FBI team to suspect a soccer coach, who smoked Morleys, of stalking one of his star female players because his DNA was on the butts. Upon analysis of the footage in the episode, the packet of cigarettes the coach holds is actually a Marlboro packet and not a fictional Morley packet.
- CSI: NY: In the episode “Boo” (Season 4, Episode 6), a smoked Morley cigarette is found in a voodoo doll at a crime scene.
- Definitely, Maybe: In 1992, Will Hayes (Ryan Reynolds) buys Morleys when he arrives in New York City for $3.20, and he complains that in Wisconsin they cost $2.60.
- Epicenter (2000): At the beginning of the movie, the character Nick Constantine has a pack of Morleys in his briefcase.ER: In the episode “Beyond Repair”, while searching his daughter Rachel’s room, Dr. Mark Green (Anthony Edwards) discovers a pack of Morleys with a condom inside.
- Everybody Hates Chris: Episode 1×20 A carton of Morleys is sold out of the back of a car.
- Freddy Got Fingered: Gord (Tom Green) can be seen smoking a pack of Morleys in one scene.
- Frasier: Episode 7×19 “Morning Becomes Entertainment” Bebe pulls a pack of Morleys out of her purse and asks Frasier if he minds.
- Friends: Chandler can be seen holding a pack of these in the episode “The One Where Rachel Smokes”
- Gone Home: A packet can be found on the top shelf of Sam’s locker.
- Gun Shy: In a meeting between the police, the character Charley has a box of Morley cigarettes in front of him on the conference table.
- Heroes: In episode 3×03, “One of Us, One of Them,” Claire Bennet’s biological mother, Meredith, tries to light a Morley in the Bennet home before Sandra Bennet asks her not to smoke in the house.
- The House on Greenapple Road (1970): A character steals a pack of Morley cigarettes from a desk at the police station.
- Jake 2.0: A terrorist disguises powerful explosives as a pack of Morley cigarettes and demonstrates its incredible power by exploding a piece of swamp in the Philippines.
- Joy Ride 2: Dead Ahead: Rusty Nail (Mark Gibbon) is smoking Morley cigarettes as he purchases them in the opening scene in the shop.
- Judging Amy: In season 3 episode 15 teen is suing Morley company for causing his emphysema.
- Justified: In the season one episode “Riverbrook”, a group of prison escapees rob a convenience store. One discharges a shotgun in the store, blasting a rack of cartons of Morley cigarettes.
- Killer Instinct: In the episode “Game Over,” Morley cigarettes appear in the desk of Lt. Matt Cavanaugh, played by Chi McBride.
- Lost: In the Flash Sideways of the episode “LA X” (6×01), Rose Nadler is seen on the plane clutching a magazine with an ad for Morley cigarettes.
- The L Word: In the season five episode “Lunar Cycle”, a pack of Morley cigarettes is visible on the coffee table when Shane and Jenny are lying on the sofa together.
- Malcolm in the Middle: A packet of Morley cigarettes is one of the things found hidden by Malcolm’s mother in season 1 episode 10. And in the season 4 episode 19 Malcolm plays chess with Leonard (Jason Alexander). Leonard tries to pay off his debts with a pack of Morleys.
- Mannix: In the episode “All Around the Money Tree,” Joe Mannix opens a suitcase to discover a couple packs of Morleys—in white packs.
- Medium: In the episode “To Have and to Hold” (season 4, episode 3) a character smokes a Morley cigarette. In the episode “The First Bite is the Deepest” (season 5, episode 17), Allison DuBois brings Cynthia Keener a bag filled with snack foods, candy, and Morley cigarettes when visiting her in prison.
- The Middle: In the episode “The Map” (season 3, episode 13) Frances brings Aunt Edie a carton of Morley cigarettes.
- Millennium: In “The Time Is Now”, Peter Watts discovers a Morley stub in the mysterious Millennium Group’s basement as a nod to the Cigarette Smoking Man from The X-Files. Chris Carter created both series.
- Mission: Impossible: Morleys appear in the original television series, and several characters can be seen with them. In one specific episode, 2×07 “Operation ‘Heart,” Barbara Bain’s character can be seen removing a pack from a table along with a handkerchief (ca 20 mins in).
- Murders’ Row: Matt helm uses a dart in a cigarette to take down a guard. He leaves the now empty pack of Morley cigarettes on the guard, showing the warning about smoking possibly being dangerous to your health…
- Murder in the First: Defense Attorney James Stamphill appears smoking Morleys while laying down and speaking into a primitive tape recorder, dictating notes about the case. The pack of Morleys shown is an old-fashioned design (based on the 1930s setting of the movie), unlike the modern-looking packs of Morleys more frequently seen.
- The Naked City: Season 2, Episode 21 “Tombstone for a Derelict,” (5 April 1961) opens as four young men led by Baldwin Larne (Robert Redford) surround a derelict on a lonely street. Larne offers him a cigarette, and, as the derelict turns to get a light from one of Larne’s companions, Larne stabs the derelict in the back, dead, and tosses the cigarette pack on the body. Detective Flint (Paul Burke) and company arrive on the scene of the crime to investigate, and the pack of cigarettes is shown close up to be the Morley brand, a clue. This early Morley cigarettes b&w appearances shows a cigarette pack with an Etruscan horse image as the brand icon, and the first anf last letters of “Morley” in lower case, and the letters in between in upper case.
- Nash Bridges: In episode 420 “Power Play”, Morleys appear on a desk in a criminal’s house.
- New Amsterdam: In the episode “Love Hurts” (season 1, episode 8), a suspect in an interrogation room is about to light a Morley. John Amsterdam takes it from him and says, “No smoking.”
- Orange Is the New Black – season one episode eleven “tall men with feelings” *”Pornstache” pulls morleys from his pocket and tries to light the butt.”
- The Outer Limits: In “A New Life” (season 7, episode 3), Jacob tries to smuggle two cartons of Morleys onto the bus. In the episode “Falling Star” (season 2, episode 19), Terry McCammon (while possessed by a time traveler) tosses a pack of Morleys onto a bedstand.
- Prison Break: In “Bolshoi Booze” (season 2, episode 11), T-Bag picks up a pack of Morleys from a bag in Geary’s apartment.
- Prozac Nation: The character played by Christina Ricci smokes Morley cigarettes in the film version of Elizabeth Wurtzel’s autobiographical Prozac Nation. Ricci plays a young writer who occasionally uses the empty cigarette packs as scrap paper.
- Psycho: At the end of the film, psychiatrist Dr. Fred Richman portrayed by Simon Oakland tells the story of what really happened and shakes a cigarette out of a pack of Morleys. This film was released June 16, 1960 and is currently the earliest known sighting of the Morley brand.
- Pushing Daisies: In the Season 2 episode “Bad Habits,” a carton of Morleys can be seen in the cabinet full of contraband in Sister Maria Christina’s room.
- Reaper: In the second season finale “The Devil and Sam Oliver,” Mary Pat, the greeter at the Work Bench holds up a pack of Morleys before she steps outside to have a smoke next to the LP gas tanks.
- S. Darko: The boy carries a Morley pack in his left sleeve.
- Saving Grace: In the second season episode “It’s a Fierce, White-Hot, Mighty Love,” the main character Grace is given a Morley by a suspect as she’s investigating him.
- Shameless: Fiona throws Lip a carton of Morleys in Season 2, Episode 3.
- Sherbet: The eponymous detective Sherbet Lock in the American comic book Sherbet reveals that both she and the missing child Belinda Darwin favor Morley brand cigarettes in the short story “Milk”.
- Seinfeld: In the seventh season finale “The Invitations,” George Costanza smokes a Morley in an attempt to appear off-putting to his fiancee Susan Ross, in hopes that she will call off their upcoming wedding.
- Sordid Lives: The Series: In the first season episode “Pills, Poison and Penises,” Morley brand cigarettes are advertised on a sign at the convenience store where Vera works.
- Space: Above and Beyond: In the episode “Ray Butts” the main character, Ray Butts, has a pack at the beginning of the episode.
- Special Unit 2: In the episode “The Grain,” a housewife, under the influence of the Sandman, robs a convenience store, demanding all the cash, and a pack of Morleys.
- Spy Game
- The Strain: In Episode 11, Season 1, Zach Goodweather finds Morley cigarettes on the floor of a looted grocery store while looking for cigarettes for Mariela Martinez.
- System Shock 2: Packets of Morley cigarettes are an item within the game. Essentially useless, when smoked they cause the player character to lose health.
- That ’70s Show: In the episode “Eric Gets Suspended”, Red Forman tells Eric Forman to smoke an entire pack of Morleys after he gets caught with a cigarette at school.
- The Tenants
- The Traveler
- The World’s End: Gary smokes Morleys throughout the film, best seen after the fight scene against the twins.
- Up All Night: In “I Can’t Quit You” (Season 2, Episode 9), Chris struggles to resist buying a pack of cigarettes at a convenience store, where Morleys are visible behind the counter.
- The Walking Dead: In “Save The Last One” (Season 2, Episode 3), Dale contemplates smoking a cigarette while standing on the roof of his RV. In “Consumed” (Season 5, Episode 6) Daryl finds a carton of Morley lights soft packs on the floor next to Noah who is trapped under a bookshelf.
- Warehouse 13: In the fourth season episode “The Ones you Love”, Mrs. Frederic and Steve Jinks enter “The Library” (a secret room in the Vatican). There is a pack of Morley cigarettes on the table that was left abandoned 4 months prior.
- Weeds: In the third season episode, “The Brick Dance”, Conrad asks Heylia about the Morleys that she is smoking, that she had not smoked for years.
- The X-Files: The Cigarette Smoking Man, played by William B. Davis, smokes this fictional brand, as does Agent Monica Reyes. The X-Files is probably the most well known use of Morley cigarettes. In “Brand X,” Mulder and Scully visit Morley Tobacco’s headquarters after one of the employees is murdered.