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Having seen the incredible statistics on the frequency of the use of the word "fuck" in movies in this question: What is the sweariest movie ever?, I thought it might also be worth recording the first use of the word.

So what was the first movie to use the word "fuck" audibly?

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I'm still a tiny bit sad my seemingly correct answer to the above "most F-bombs in a movie" question was never accepted. Boo fucking hoo, right? This is a good question still getting heat. +1 (I know it says "sweariest" but it was mostly asking about "fuck.") – Meat Trademark Jun 5 at 6:00
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Most sources claim Robert Altmans MASH* contained the first 'Fuck' in a major motion picture, it was already the first for other things (first use of sound bridging!) so it's happy to push boundaries. It was actually only the first Hollywood film to do so.

That being said, the climax of The Graduate (1967) features a scene in which Ben Braddock can be seen (but not heard) shouting "What the fuck are you doing?" to Elaine as she stands at the alter, as he is behind glass.

However, both Ulysses and I'll Never Forget What's'isname used it beforehand, both also being released in 1967. Ulysses however, was released in June of that year as opposed to the December opening of I'll Never Forget What's'isname, making Ulysses the winner.

1967 was a good 'fucking' year.

Others have argued over the first 'profanity' spoken in a movie, with Hell's Angels being the most likely candidate (considering the amount of times 'damn' and 'son-of-a-bitch' is apparently uttered during dogfight sequences).

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I'd love to see a Google Trends for movie scripts so we could track specific profanities over time for these sort of answers! – matt_black Jan 8 '14 at 23:11
Not too sure about The Graduate. I can hear twp possible examples but neither with clarity as in MASH on foot-ball field. Beat me to. +1 – Meat Trademark Jan 9 '14 at 0:06
Actually, Ulysses was released in March. And thus also beat the Bob Dylan documentary Don't Look Back that was released in May 1967 and featured several instances of the F-word. This was all probably connected to the decline of the Hays code in the late 60s. – Walt Dec 27 '15 at 5:20

In "55 days at Peking" about 2 hrs and 20 min in an off screen voice uses the f word in haranguing his men to put out fires with buckets. This was 1963. Can anyone beat that. I'm sure there is.

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Well, wait for someone to verify. If it's true, that's going to be hard to beat. Unfortunately, seems only bits are online for free streaming. Fragments on YouTube, none of which match the time you cite. – Meat Trademark May 30 at 19:22

It was used by James Caan near the finale of LADY IN A CAGE (1964). I never heard the word in the film 55 Days at Peking.

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This takes downloading or renting the movie to verify. It's a difficult question. Care to narrow down the time-frame, or even give an approximate time? Near the finale is fairly open. Especially given that the finale is often not the end. There may be an added denouement or whatever. If you know this answer is true, do you have the movie to verify it? And just because you don't remember hearing it in the background of 55 Days doesn't mean it wasn't there. Please keep in mind I am not claiming you are wrong. – Meat Trademark Jun 5 at 5:51

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