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Sound Test for Blackmail (1929)

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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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10 August 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Sound Test for Blackmail (1929)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Forty-two seconds of pure gold as we see Alfred Hitchcock setting up a sound test for actress Anny Ondra. The funny thing about this is that Hitchcock, with his usual wit and charm, asks the actress some rather personal and embarrassing questions, which you can tell has the actress nervous. At one point Hitchcock asks her if she's been a bad woman and she replied no but then Hitch follows with "But you've slept with men". Ondra then turns away from the camera from the embarrassment. I'm sure the two were just having fun and it really comes off this way. It was great seeing this historic clip just to see and hear a young Hitchcock having fun with his blonde lead, which would be something that he'd do until his final days. As I'm sure everyone knows, Hitchcock's Blackmail began as a silent feature but half way through they decided to switch it to sound so this test was very important to see how well the actress could handle it.


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