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Rare Behind-the-Scenes Photos From Our Favorite Classic Movies

Photo Credit: Transcendental Graphics / Getty Images
Photo Credit: Transcendental Graphics / Getty Images

Behind-the-scenes photos show audiences candid snapshots of classic actors and actresses from the films we love. While some of these films went on to win Academy Awards and nominations, filming wasn’t always so serious and strict. Whether practicing, resting, or just goofing around, we get a glimpse of the real personalities of these Hollywood stars. 


Grace Kelly lying on a mattress, people with horses walking away.
Behind-the-scenes of Mogambo. (Photo Credit: Gene Lester / Getty Images)

Actress Grace Kelly can be seen sneaking in a nap between takes and behind-the-scenes of the 1953 film Mogambo, which was filmed in Africa.

Dream Wife

Cary Grant reading a script, a dog leaning on him.
Behind-the-scenes of Dream Wife. (Photo Credit: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer / Getty Images)

Cary Grant is seen reading through his lines for the 1953 romantic comedy, Dream Wife, accompanied by his fluffy friend who looks to be offering his support.

The Seven Year Itch

Marilyn Monroe stands over a grate, cameras and boomsticks operated by workers.
Behind-the-scenes of The Seven Year Itch. (Photo Credit: Bettmann / Getty Images)

Here we see Marilyn Monroe performing her famous white dress scene from the 1955 film, The Seven Year Itch. The photo captures just how many people were watching as they filmed the shot.

Rebel Without A Cause

Natalie Wood and James Dean pose for a photo, Dean makes a funny face.
Behind-the-scenes of Rebel Without A Cause. (Photo Credit: Warner Brothers / Getty Images)

Natalie Wood and James Dean are seen goofing off behind-the-scenes of Rebel Without A Cause (1955). Dean would infamously die in a car crash just a month before the film was released.

Julius Caesar

Marlon Brando reading a script shirtless.
Behind-the-scenes of Julius Caesar. (Photo Credit: Hulton Archive / Getty Images)

Marlon Brando is seen reading through the script of Julius Caesar (1953), in which he played Marc Anthony, shirtless under the Californian sun.

The Horse Soldiers

Constance Towers practicing shooting, Johny Wayne, William Holden, and other watch.
Behind-the-scenes of The Horse Soldiers. (Photo Credit: John Springer Collection / CORBIS / Corbis / Getty Images)

Actors John Wayne and William Holden stand on either side of Constance Towers as she practices shooting a revolver behind-the-scenes of the 1959 Western, The Horse Soldiers.

Dr. No

Sean Connery holds Ursula Andress' ankles as she does a handstand.
Behind-the-scenes of Dr. No. (Photo Credit: Hulton Archive / Getty Images)

When they weren’t filming, Sean Connery was holding the ankles of co-star Ursula Andress as she did handstands behind-the-scenes of the 1962 James Bond film, Dr. No.

Carnal Knowledge

Art Garfunkel, Jack Nicholson, and Candice Bergen.
Behind-the-scenes of Carnal Knowledge. (Photo Credit: John Springer Collection / CORBIS / Corbis / Getty Images)

Art Garfunkel, Jack Nicholson, and Candice Bergen hang out together behind-the-scenes on the set of the 1971 drama, Carnal Knowledge.

Roman Holiday

Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck sitting and playing cards.
Behind-the-scenes of Roman Holiday. (Photo Credit: Paramount / Getty Images)

Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck are seen unwinding between takes of the 1953 film Roman Holiday with a quick game of cards.

The Tin Star

Anthony Perkins laying down with his leg up.
Behind-the-scenes of The Tin Star. (Photo Credit: Richard C. Miller / Donaldson Collection / Getty Images)

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Actor Anthony Perkins is seen taking a much-needed rest, laying his head upon a Coca-Cola bag behind-the-scenes of the 1957 film, The Tin Star.

Samantha Franco

Samantha Franco is a Freelance Content Writer who received her Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Guelph, and her Master of Arts degree in history from the University of Western Ontario. Her research focused on Victorian, medical, and epidemiological history with a focus on childhood diseases. Stepping away from her academic career, Samantha previously worked as a Heritage Researcher and now writes content for multiple sites covering an array of historical topics.

In her spare time, Samantha enjoys reading, knitting, and hanging out with her dog, Chowder!