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Yesterday's Witness


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At the end of 1928 the first 'talkies' arrived from Hollywood. They caused a sensation. The public clamoured for more. In British studios-which were still churning out silent films-there was instant chaos.
The scramble to make Britain's first talkies is described by some of the producers, directors, technicians and stars of the time :
Alfred Hitchcock , Herbert Wilcox Sir Michael Balcon
Ronald Neame. Alec Murray Albert Ross , Harry Miller
John Longden. Mabel Poulton
Margot Grahame , Chili Bouchier and John Stuart
Including excerpts from Kitty, Atlantic, Rookery Nook, and from the first full-length British talkie, Hitchcock's Blackmail.
Directors JANE Oliver. STEPHEN PEET
(Cockney Mabel didn'speak proper: p 11)


Unknown: Alfred Hitchcock
Unknown: Herbert Wilcox
Unknown: Sir Michael Balcon
Unknown: Ronald Neame.
Unknown: Alec Murray
Unknown: Albert Ross
Unknown: Harry Miller
Unknown: John Longden.
Unknown: Mabel Poulton
Unknown: Margot Grahame
Unknown: Chili Bouchier
Unknown: John Stuart
Narrator: John Stockbridge
Directors: Jane Oliver.
Directors: Stephen Peet

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