A Gag Reel from 1940!

And now for some thing a bit different!

After all these old films that I have been watching from the thirties and forties, I was surprised to stumble upon a gag reel. I don’t know why, but it never occurred to me that a blooper reel was something that would exist from the forties. I thought of them as something that was saved purely for extras on home releases. So to find one from the forties starring icons of the era like James Cagney, Ann Sheridan and Ronald Reagan, was quite a treat. And apparently the humour of watching these amazingly eloquent people, who make money delivering stunning pieces of dialogue, completely cocking up is just as funny 80 years ago as it is today.

So here, from 1940, is a blooper reel. I have no idea what films these are from, or who everyone involved is, please add in the comments if you do.

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