Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Breakdowns of 1937


From slashfilm, Almost every DVD features a blooper reel, containing all the outtakes from a particular film. Before DVD. Recently, Tropic Thunder released three full 10-minute mags of outtakes on DVD. But it wasn’t always this way. I remember that in the age of VHS, ABC would host television specials a couple times a year featuring all the Hollywood bloopers. Back in the 1930’s, Warner Bros would release a yearly collection of “Breakdowns,” which would air between double features.

A while ago, Go Into The Story posted a Warner Bros Blooper Reel from 1937. It’s amazing how different bloopers were back in the earlier days of Hollywood. The “Breakdowns of 1936″ features Humphrey Bogart, George Brent, Bette Davis, Glenda Farrell, Errol Flynn, Dick Foran, Kay Francis, Hugh Herbert, Allen Jenkins, Boris Karloff, Barton MacLane, Pat O’Brien, Dick Powell, and Claude Rains.

6 comments:

Jordan said...

It's wonderful, but I don't get what's so "different" about these. If anything, they're remarkably similar to what you see today. (There's just no greenscreen in the background.)

Jordan said...

By the way, 50, I answered your Manchurian Candidate question in that other thread...

JPX said...

I think it's funny that a lot of them say, "Damnit it!", which I don't think they would say in a 1930s film. Of course, I might be totally worng about this given all the gangster films at tha time like Public Enemies.

Jordan said...

That's what's so cool. Movies were so much more theatrical, but the actors were the same as today.

That's why I hate portrayals of old movie stars that show them behaving like their onscreen personae the rest of the time, like the glimpse of Charlie Chaplin in The Cotton Club or Cate Blanchett's (mysteriously Oscar-winning) broad caricature of Katherine Hepburn in The Aviator.

Jordan said...

I mean, I refuse to believe that Katherine Hepburn strode around talking in that ridiculous fashion all the time, just because that was how she behaved onscreen.

JPX said...

Of course, the alternative viewpoint is that the Hollywood "magic" is ruined by today's paparazzi. I wish I didn't know that Mel Gibson is most likely a Holocaust denier or that Tom Cruise is a religious nut.

Actually, I thrive on knowing these things.

I meant "damnit" above.