Friday, February 04, 2011

1938 - the king's speech

On Boxing Day we all went to see The King's Speech. I was sure that I had written a post on it, but apparently not. Certainly I can't find it!

I will come back to it. In the meantime, I just wanted to include this link showing King George VI opening the  Empire Exhibition at Ibrox Park, Glasgow, Scotland.

You can see how strained his speech was. 


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the link to the old newsreel. I saw the film (The King's Speech) and then read the Wikipedia entry on Logue which says the King gave a relatively stammer-free speech at the opening of the Australian Parliament in 1927, eleven years before this newsreel. The text accompanying this newsreel says the stammer here was severe. I didn't think so - Firth's rendering of the King's 'cured' speech matched it well, I thought.

Jim Belshaw said...

I am glad that you liked this, anon. Like you, I wondered about the historical accuracy and so looked it up. It made better drama to use the speech to the Empire rathet than the 1927 speech. I then decided that that was okay since Logue was still there providing support.

I agree with your assessment of the speech itself. All very interesting!