Hans Czimmer’s casting his tedescophone wife in As You Like It (1936) reminded me of Hitch casting a Czech chick in the first sound movie made in Britain, Blackmail (1929). As I was listening to the end of the film in the next room, it sounded as tho Elisabeth Bergner was actually speaking German, not Shak. Alfred H. cast Anny Ondra for her looks, not acting ability (as he tended to do: cf. Tippi Hedren) and then found that her English was incomprehensible, so in this very first film with dialogue he had to overdub her voice. You couldn’t make this up.

After killing a man in self-defence, a young woman is blackmailed by a witness to the killing.

Anny Ondra

Blackmail (Alfred Hitchcock, 1929)

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