Hollywood in the 1930s and ‘40s was an era of glamor and poise, a world perpetually clothed in evening attire—at least, that’s how it seemed on screen. In reality, the actors and actresses behind classic Hollywood films were just like anyone else: trying hard to do a good job, and getting frustrated when they made mistakes.
In “The Classic Hollywood Guide to How to React When You Screw Up a Scene,” YouTube user Via Margutta 51 has created a compilation of movie outtakes that makes the glamorous stars of the Classic Hollywood era seem a bit more down-to-earth. Featuring legendary actors like Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis, Jimmy Stewart, Carole Lombard, and more, the video is a master class from Hollywood’s best on how to mess up in style. Full of hilarious ad-libs and PG-13 language, the video is a fascinating counterpart to the prim and proper language that characterized movies of the Hays Code era.