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Twenty-One Behind the Scenes Shots of Classic Hollywood Movies

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Boris Karloff having a nice cup of tea and a piece of toast between shots of Frankenstein, released in 1931.

Boris Karloff having a nice cup of tea and a piece of toast between shots of Frankenstein, released in 1931.

 

While cameraman Phil Lathrop is taking a light meter readingTuesday Weld and Steve McQueen on the set of The Cincinnati Kid, directed by Norman Jewison in 1965.

While cameraman Phil Lathrop is taking a light meter readingTuesday Weld and Steve McQueen on the set of The Cincinnati Kid, directed by Norman Jewison in 1965.

 

Jean Seberg, center, stands chained to a post during filming of the Otto Preminger's Saint Joan at the Shepperton Studios in Shepperton, England, on Feb. 21, 1957.

Jean Seberg, center, stands chained to a post during filming of the Otto Preminger’s Saint Joan at the Shepperton Studios in Shepperton, England, on Feb. 21, 1957.

 

July 26, 1971, photo, Alfred Hitchcock, right, discusses filming with actress Anna Massey, one of the stars of Frenzy, in Covent Garden Market in London.

July 26, 1971, photo, Alfred Hitchcock, right, discusses filming with actress Anna Massey, one of the stars of Frenzy, in Covent Garden Market in London.

 

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Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn with director George Cukor on the set of My Fair Lady in 1964.

 

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Greta Garbo and Robert Taylor filming Camille, directed by George Cukor in 1936.

 

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Greta Garbo and John Barrymore while filming Grand Hotel in 1932.

 

1932- Stan Laurel, with a blackened eye, and Oliver Hardy during a break in the filming of "Towed in a Hole," directed by George Marshall.

1932- Stan Laurel, with a blackened eye, and Oliver Hardy during a break in the filming of “Towed in a Hole,” directed by George Marshall.

 

1948 - Actress Ingrid Bergman sits next to the camera during a break in filming on the set of director Victor Fleming's film Joan of Arc.

1948 – Actress Ingrid Bergman sits next to the camera during a break in filming on the set of director Victor Fleming’s film Joan of Arc.

 

Audrey Hepburn strums a guitar for her costar George Peppard between takes on the set of Breakfast at Tiffany's on Dec. 7, 1960. Directed by Blake Edwards.

Audrey Hepburn strums a guitar for her costar George Peppard between takes on the set of Breakfast at Tiffany’s on Dec. 7, 1960. Directed by Blake Edwards.

 

Circa 1937- Dorothy Lamour, playing with %22Jiggs%22 the chimpanzee, while on location in Palm Springs for Her Jungle Love, directed by George Archainbaud

Circa 1937- Dorothy Lamour, playing with %22Jiggs%22 the chimpanzee, while on location in Palm Springs for Her Jungle Love, directed by George Archainbaud.

 

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Director Edmund Goulding by camera, the cinematographer was William H. Daniels Wallace Beery and Joan Crawford in Grand Hotel, 1932.

 

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Gloria Swanson on the set of Sunset Boulevard, directed by Billy Wilder in 1950.

 

Eric Von Stonheim and BTS Sunset Boulevard

Erich von Stonheim and Gloria Swanson rehearsing in Sunset Boulevard, 1950.

 

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Behind the scenes of Sunset Boulevard, directed by Billy Wilder in 1950.

 

Billy Wilder directing Sunset Boulevard

Billy Wilder directing Sunset Boulevard in 1950.

 

BTS Double Indemnity supermarket

Fred McMurray in the Double Indemnity supermarket scene, directed by Billy Wilder in 1944.

 

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Fred McMurray and Barbara Stanwyck with director Billy Wilder – Double Indemnity made in 1944.

 

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Orson Welles directing Citizen Kane in 1941.

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Hitchcock directing Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine in Rebecca, released in 1940.

 

Alfred Hitchcock directing Shadow of a Doubt in 1942.

Alfred Hitchcock directing Shadow of a Doubt in 1942.

  • AlanOne7

    Interesting stuff. It’s easy to forget how many people have to do so much work setting up so much equipment, and then the actors have to do twenty “takes” in a row, all for, often, one thirty-second scene.

  • Stevechang64

    I loved every one of these photo from a beautiful time in American cinema