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Watch These Bloopers From the Golden Age of Hollywood

Michele Debczak
Marlene Dietrich and Jimmy Stewart read a script before shooting a scene.
Marlene Dietrich and Jimmy Stewart read a script before shooting a scene. / General Photographic Agency/Stringer/Getty Images
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The movie blooper may feel like a modern object, but it's as old as cinema itself. Even the most sophisticated stars of Hollywood's Golden Age were known to get flustered on set. To see the outtakes that didn't make it into the final cuts of classic films, check out the video below.

After keeping the bloopers in their archives for decades, Warner Bros. released this gag reel of footage from the 1930s to 1950 on YouTube. It shows a rarely seen side of iconic stars like Bette Davis and Jimmy Stewart. In between moments of gravitas, the actors slip, flub lines, and use language that wasn't up to the Hays Code. It's an amusing reminder that even the most legendary figures from pop culture were human.

It's easy to forget that old Hollywood wasn't exactly squeaky-clean behind the scenes—especially if everything you know about the industry comes from watching movies. Stars cursing on set seems innocent compared to some of the disturbing stories from the era of black-and-white films. From infamous feuds to borderline child abuse, you can find more facts about classic Hollywood here.

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