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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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Wow we're in for a F-Bomb backlash!! –  Judge Dredd Jan 8 '14 at 22:54

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Most sources claim Robert Altmans *M*A*S*H* 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

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