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Rather than a compilation of a series of hilarious bloopers, plus scenes of current stars never-before shown to the public, this collection of film clips focuses on a Hollywood of long ago. Stars from Warner Bros. in the 1930s and '40s are shown in out-takes that mainly illustrate their short tempers (James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart among them), while a variety of clips, including screen tests (Marilyn Monroe) catch famous actors from the 1930s to the '60s in ironic or very youthful and naive moments. The humor, when it occurs, depends on the viewpoint of the beholder: "At Home with Joan Crawford" shows her putting her children to sleep while a voiceover says "Good-night Mommy Dearest." James Dean discusses the dangers of fast driving on the highway in one clip filmed not long before he was killed in a head-on collision, driving 115 mph near Paso Robles. Judy Garland sings Over the Rainbow in a radio show with Bob Hope that was captured on film. Another short made in 1937 shows Constance Bennett demonstrating her beauty secrets; others show Bette Davis promoting war bonds in the 1940s, and Shirley Temple doing a segment for the Red Cross. For anyone interested in Hollywood stars, these film clips are curiosities that reveal more than just the screen persona of actors who were "manufactured in Hollywood." ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi