Hitchcock and Anny Ondra


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 movie Blackmail. 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.

"Stand in your place," he says, "Otherwise, it will not come out right, as the girl said to the soldier."

Goodness gracious! As we all know, Hitchcock had a rather interesting relationship with all of his leading ladies, and Tippi Hedren told the UK outlet Times Online in 2008 that he tried to ruin her career after The Birds. Well, despite Hitch's dirty jokes, Ondra went on to have a long and productive career, although no others seem to be in English.

For another take on the origins of the phrase, Funny or Die has a hilarious and absolutely filthy video with Megan Mullally as a hard-drinkin', foul-mouthed lady who's been around the block or two. And "That's what she said!" wasn't the only term she coined...

What's your favorite "That's what she said!" joke?