When you’re watching those classic, black and white movies it’s hard to imagine anyone having any fun on the set. The work of actors like Humphrey Bogart and James Cagney is all serious men, in well appointed suits, and dashing fedoras. It’s hard to imagine anyone laughing in between takes, or for that matter even loosening up enough to make some sort of mistake. Seen through our modern lens the movies of the thirties and forties seem like serious, serious business. Maybe they were most of the time, but not always.

Warner Bros. studios used to put together an annual blooper montage of the funnier mistakes made on the set each year while filming their movies. The video below is from their 1936 blooper real and features people like Bogart, Cagney, Edward G. Robinson, Bette Davis, and Paul Muni flat out screwing up. Watch them flub and laugh and curse like real people; and remember they were more than imaginary icons, these people lived.

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