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Classic Movie Bloopers: Uncensored ***

Blooper reels are many and fragmentary online; this feature attempts to showcase a stream of bloopers from classic Hollywood films, and there’s no talking heads or graphic interference with digitally-concealed mouth movements. James Cagney and Errol Flynn appears to be having a good time, Humphrey Bogart less so, Edward G Robinson Bob Hope and Bette Davis too and the reaction is not always laughter. It’s clear that actors are sometimes drunk, or that some other subversive behaviour is going on. Theses reels were seen at Hollywood parties of the time;  the very occasional narrator implies that the stars were displeased but the innocuous film assembled here. There’s certainly remix potential in an extended montage of scenes of Ronald Reagan struggling to put on a pair of trousers. It’s a strange time-capsule of ordinary behaviour from faces we’ve only seen in start seriousness, and it’s generally fun to watch the gods revealed to have feet of clay.

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