Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Warner Bros Break Downs and Blow Ups

Found this video while nosing around looking for Rita Hayworth radio shows... it's a banner day indeed when I learn something I didn't know about WB studios in the 30s and 40s!

Apparently, the Warner Club was a group made up of stars and staff that would assemble for Christmas parties every year, the HIGHLIGHT of which are these "blooper" reels. You can see why.

It's so strange to see Hays Code era movie stars using foul language. IT IS SO STRANGE. I think the phrase "nuts!" as an exclamation needs to make a comeback. Also, hadn't remarked before upon the speed with which a lot of this dialogue is delivered-- it's such a "style" that you forget people are actually having to *say* the words at a clip speed. Edward G Robinson gets my vote for best sport.

Some stars that appear:

"Eddie Acuff, Eddie Albert, Mary Astor, Ralph Bellamy, Humphrey Bogart, Walter Brennan, George Brent, Sheila Bromley, James Cagney, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly, Gary Cooper, Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, Henry Fonda, Dick Foran, Kay Francis, John Garfield, Bonita Granville, Rita Hayworth, Hugh Herbert, Ian Hunter, Isabel Jeans, Paul Kelly, Patric Knowles, Margaret Lindsay, Gene Lockhart, Carole Lombard, Paul Muni, Pat O'Brien, Hugh O'Connell, Nat Pendleton, Mary Philips, Dick Powell, Dick Purcell, George Raft, Claude Rains, Basil Rathbone, Ronald Reagan, George Reeves, Addison Richards, Edward G. Robinson, Rosalind Russell, Ann Sheridan, Sylvia Sidney, James Stewart, Rudy Vallee, Sammy White, Jane Wyman, Walter Young"

Noticed myself cuts from The Petrified Forest and The Big Sleep, those are the only that come to mind right now... classic.

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