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Why isn't Kim Stanley using an English accent???


She's supposed to be English, born and raised in Old Blighty.

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Her British accent wasn't easy to detect in the beginning -- I thought perhaps she was using one of those "stagey" American accents like they all did in the first half of the 20th century. As the film progresses, she begins sounding more British. I think it was rather unusual at the time for Americans to play Brits and vice versa, although it's very commonplace now.

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Was the Myra character supposed to be English? (People generally seem to assume this and they may well be right.) Was Kim Stanley trying to sound English? I'd be curious to know. (The accent wobbled a bit but generally sounded more American than English. That aside, very good performance though.)

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Oh, it's like with Bette Davis in THE NANNY. If you sound authoritatively stagey-classy enough, you can "forget" the British accent and nobody minds.

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Only in the beginning of the film did I notice the lack of an English accent. It sounded like she was trying to affect one, but it wouldn't stick, and her American twang kept shining through. But some time after the abduction, the accent was more consistent.

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My god I totally disagree! I thought she put on a wonderful English accent ! Then again it's all about opinions !

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Her British accent slipped at various points in the film but it wasn't a bad effort.
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Myra *is* English - or at least she is in the novel and presumably is meant to be here (her mother left her the house they live in - so we can presume she grew up in London with an English mother), but yes, for all Stanley's alleged brilliance, her accent is bizarrely mid-Atlantic for the first quarter and no one, neither her nor Forbes, seem to have noticed.

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