The King's Speech

Continuity mistake: When Elizabeth meets Lionel for the first time, her face netting disappears and reappears between shots.

Factual error: In the scene of King George V's 1934 Christmas Broadcast from Sandringham, there are factual errors. The B.B.C. Engineers are shown operating Outside Broadcast equipment in a room adjacent to the King - but the equipment (BBC Type OBA/8) didn't even come into service until 1938. It should have been type OB/7 in large mahogany cases. Also, the ornate Royal microphone cases were the wrong ones. These were the later (c1937) type first used by King Edward VIII in his Broadcast in 1936.

Factual error: Whilst at Sandringham estate in 1936 Bertie is waiting for the Tiger Moth plane to land. This particular plane (G-ANFM) was not built until 1941. (00:38:50 - 00:39:40)

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Trivia: David Seidler won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for this film. At the age of 73, Seidler was the oldest person to win the Award.


King Edward VIII: Sorry, I've been terribly busy.
King George VI: Doing what?
King Edward VIII: Kinging.

Lionel Logue: I believe sucking smoke into your lungs will kill you.
King George VI: My physicians say it relaxes the throat.
Lionel Logue: They're idiots.
King George VI: They've all been knighted.
Lionel Logue: Makes it official then.

Lionel Logue: What was your earliest memory?
King George VI: I'm not...here to discuss...personal matters.
Lionel Logue: Why are you here then?
King George VI: Because I bloody well stammer!

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Question: I don't know anyone who stammers so I'm asking here: That trick Lionel pulled when he had Bertie reading with the earphones on and the music blasting - does it really work? Bertie obviously thinks he's still stammering, but don't stammerers sense if they're doing it even if they can't hear themselves speaking?And if it does work, why the drama with the radio broadcasts? Bertie could have put the earphones on and simply read the broadcast like he did "Hamlet".

Chosen answer: The technique is called "masking" and all though it can sometimes help those who stutter it is not 100% reliable. It will make some stutter less, others will not notice any difference. It would probably be very inconvenient to Bertie not to hear himself at all during an important speech, not to mention that those around him might find the whole thing strange. You can read more about research on this technique and other similar ones here: http://ajslp.asha.org/cgi/content/abstract/16/1/77

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