“It’ll Be Alright on the Night” c. 1936

Warner Brothers produced an annual reel of bloopers from the mid 1930s onwards. For the Retronaut, such material is invaluable. It catches the past off-guard. It shows us the people behind the accents, the plots, the conventions of 75 years ago. And it reminds us that the business of being human remains entirely the same across time.

Look out in this reel for actors including Humphrey Bogart; James Cagney; Bette Davis; and Leslie Howard. And if you are short on time, at least catch the nine seconds between 5:24 and 5:33.

Thank you very much to Blair.