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37 Bits of Hollywood History Most Moviegoers Don’t Know

37 Bits of Hollywood History Most Moviegoers Don’t Know

It had to start somewhere. And we think you’ll be surprised to learn how long ago some pretty technical movie effects were pulled off. Yes, actors were basically studio property and children were drugged daily, but how else were they supposed to work 18-hour days for months at a time? 

As you’ll see below, Hollywood has come a long way while not changing much at all…

Historical Firsts in Practical Effects The first full-length 1925 stop-motion animation Stop-motion pioneer Willis O'Brien developed several innovations for The Lost World that are still used today. Не created a technique that joined stop- motion and live-action onscreen at the same time. CRACKED

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Historical Firsts in Practical Effects The first-ever special effect 1895 Shot at Edison Labs in New Jersey, 1895's Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots was the first film to use a visual effect. They used stop- action for her beheading, and since no one had ever seen special effects, viewers thought they actually killed the actress. CRACKED

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CRACKED VULGARITY HISTORY The first F-word in film The 1967 British film Ulysses was released in the U.K. and the U.S. Actress Barbara Jefford (who plays Molly Bloom) says, O Lord, I wanted to shout out all sorts of things, f*** or sh** or anything at all only not to look ugly...

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The first movie filmed in color. 1922 CRACKED.COM There are color films that predate this one, but they all required post-production coloring processes. The Toll of the Sea was the first movie actually filmed in color.

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The first copyrighted motion picture. 1894 CRACKED.COM W.K. Dickson copyrighted Fred Ott's Sneeze, a 5-second film of Thomas Edison's assistant snorting some sketchy 1800's stimulant and then, spoiler alert, sneezing.

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The first interracial kiss. 1957 CRACKED.COME Although it was highly controversial, Island in the Sun, a film about interracial romance, was also a box office success.

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The first $100 million movie. 1975 CRACKED.COM Jaws was one of the first films to be released nationwide, all at once, instead of slowly rolled out across the country. That helped it crush the barrier and score $260 million on its first run.

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STUDIOS FORCED THEATERS TO BUY MOVIES THEY DIDN'T WANT. Classic Hollywood SUCKED You wanted the newest hit for your theater? Then you had to buy it in a pack with a lot of other movies (that weren't even made yet), with no assurance those wouldn't turn out to be crap no one would pay to see. This practice of block booking was banned in 1948. CRACKED.COM

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FORCED ABORTIONS WERE ALL THE RAGE. Classic Hollywood SUCKED Abortion was illegal in the 1930s, but female movie stars kept getting them - because studios mandated them. Fixers would arrange for appendectomies and other phony hospital treatments, to keep their actresses box office value. CRACKED.COM

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STUDIOS PRETTY MUCH OWNED THE ACTORS. Classic Hollywood SUCKED Actors could only work for the studio they were under contract with - and the contracts were long term. Often, however, studios would lend each other stars - sometimes as a way to punish the actor for defying their masters. CRACKED.COM

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