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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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A naughty young man having some fun.
19 December 2000 | by (Huntington, NY) – See all my reviews

Like all movies, a test is filmed of a performer considered for a starring role. Alfred Hitchcock had to do this for Anny Ondra, a German actress who was cast in his first talkie- BLACKMAIL. Here we see Hitchcock, about 30 years old, with a head of wavy hair, test Ms. Oondra's recording voice by asking her naughty, embarrassing questions. You can either say; "Ewww! The pig!" or you can say "Okay, two pals having a laugh." Of no historic importance, has no insight to the Hitchcock style- just very interesting.


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