Before The Office, before Wayne's World
, and long before "International 'That's What She Said
' Day," there was a sound test for the 1929 Alfred Hitchcock
. In this snippet, which is embedded after the jump, Hitchcock teases his leading lady, Anny Ondra
, in a rather saucy way. According to Moviefone, Hitchcock's first movie with sound had a small hitch itself, in that its lead actress Anny Ondra
had a hard-to-understand accent. In the movie, a different actress actually said Ondra's lines off-camera. So this little sound test featured a most flustered Ms. Ondra, who was embarrassed to be recorded.
Although I feel certain cavemen themselves had a way to express this all-purposes phrase (often shortened to Twss among certain Cinematical staffers), it looks like we have here the first recorded instance of a "That's what she said!" type of joke. Although Hitch doesn't say it outright, it's close enough.