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Sound Test for Blackmail (1929)

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Alfred Hitchcock makes an experiment in this short film where he uses the sound device for the first time in a motion picture of his own. This is a sound test where the master of suspense ... See full summary »

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Alfred Hitchcock makes an experiment in this short film where he uses the sound device for the first time in a motion picture of his own. This is a sound test where the master of suspense and actress Anny Ondra have some humored dialogues, just checking the sound quality designed for Hitchcock's first talkie picture, the classic Blackmail (1929). Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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Alfred Hitchcock: Now, uh, Miss Ondra. You asked me to let you hear your voice on the talking picture.
Anny Ondra: Ha, ha. But, Hitch, you mustn't do that.
Alfred Hitchcock: Why not?
Anny Ondra: Well, because . . . I can't speak well.
Alfred Hitchcock: Do you realise the squad van will be here any moment?
Anny Ondra: No, really? Oh, my god. I'm terribly frightened.
Alfred Hitchcock: Why? Have you been a bad woman or something?
Anny Ondra: Well, not just bad, but . . . uh.
Alfred Hitchcock: But you've slept with men.
Anny Ondra: Oh, no!
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"Stand in your place, otherwise it will not come out right"
5 June 2011 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

'Blackmail (1929)' was not only Alfred Hitchcock's first "talkie", but also the first produced in Britain. However, it began life as a silent film, and indeed was also released in a silent version to boost its commercial potential. But the arrival of sound effectively put an end to Anny Ondra's career in English-language films. Her strong European accent made her unmarketable, which is a shame because she seems utterly charming. This rare sound test lets us hear Ondra's real voice, which in 'Blackmail' was dubbed (on-location) by British actress Joan Barry. But it's Hitchcock who steals the limelight in this historical snippet. Displaying that droll British wit, he accuses his lead actress of being a "bad woman" and sleeping with men. He then ends with what is perhaps the earliest recorded audio of what is now termed, in more vulgar circles, a "that's what she said" joke ("as the girl said to the soldier"). Ondra takes it all in good humour, of course.


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