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The King's Speech

That is one of the many memorable scenes from the film The King’s Speech about the struggle of Bertie, Duke of York, later King George VI, to overcome his stammer. His aide in this struggle is an Australian maverick, failed actor turned Harley Street practitioner, with minimal credentials and a colonial’s disrespect of royal protocol.

Ann Benton

King, despite everything

THE KING’S SPEECH Director: Tom Hooper Cert. 12A

‘What’s he saying, Daddy?’ asked the young Princess Elizabeth watching newsreel of Adolf Hitler addressing adoring crowds. ‘I don’t know’, replied the Duke of York, ‘but he’s saying it awfully well!’