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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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Historic importance
27 August 2007 | by See all my reviews

In contrast what the other comment said, I see quite some historic importance in this little clip - I took the first sentence to hint at the fact that Anny Ondra spoke English with German/Czech accent (and maybe Hitch wanted to demonstrate it to her).

This was no problem in silent movies, but Blackmail was switched to "talkie" in the midst of its making, so it was decided to have Joan Barry dub Anny - in real time, as was necessary then. Still, one often sees that Anny's lip movement's are often out of synch with Joan's voice. So the advent of talkies was the end of Anny's chances in English movies, but she carried on making German-language movies until 1951.


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