"'In de nex shot, you coom from house, vispe in de ear otter actor secret' -- I went up to Purdom [the other actor] and whispered something in his ear. Curtiz yelled 'Cut!' This was puzzling because I had done exactly as he asked.
"'No goot! Dis is Zinemascop, vide shkreen -- ven you visper, muss be four feet apart!'"
[Fritz Lang's verdict of CinemaScope? "It's only good for funerals and snakes."]
[Curtiz was a close second to Samuel Goldwyn for the title of Hollywood blooper king. Among his classic remarks: "You're always interrupting me in the middle of my mistakes!" and "You can't do it that way -- you spoil the anticlimax."]