Description: Actress and socialite Lillie Langtry photographed by William Downey (1829-1915). Date: August 1885 Our Catalogue Reference: COPY 1/373/215 This image is from the collections of The National Archives. Feel free to share it within the spirit of the Commons. For high quality reproductions of any item from our collection please contact our image library.
As Hitler's Boxer Said To The Actress: Silent Anny Ondra Was Hitchcock's Star Of Britain’s First ‘Talkie’ - Flashbak
Some of the first words ever spoken on British film were uttered in a sound-test for Anny Ondra one of the stars in Blackmail and which featured a short conversation between Hitchcock and the Polish-Czech actress. Ondra certainly wasn’t hired for her authentic cockney accent and Hitchcock knew that her thick accented voice would not be suitable. Due to the unsophisticated sound-equipment, and in a situation that parallels similar scenes in Singin’ in the Rain made just 23 years later, he…