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To quite enjoy Dick Van Dyke's accent in Mary Poppins?

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HermioneWeasley Mon 30-Dec-13 16:53:19

It makes the film distinctive, no?

Also, are we the only family to refer to him as "Penis van Lesbian"?

lookatmybutt Mon 30-Dec-13 16:57:53

He just said he wanted a 'cuppa' in his hat!

I just realised it's the same little girl from The Three Lives of Thomasina; I fucking love that film.

Minnieisthedevilmouse Mon 30-Dec-13 16:59:53

Never heard that before. You're on your own.

He's marvellous. I'm Essex. I think his accents rather charming. It ain't English. But cor blimey guv! Strike a light! E's a diamond geezer ain't 'e?

Totes amaze balls. Luv him to pieces.

MrsTerryPratchett Mon 30-Dec-13 17:02:03

Fantastic film. I hate crap accents but for some reason, possibly it's complete lack of any attempt to be genuine, I don't mind his.

TheNightIsDark Mon 30-Dec-13 17:03:52

I love him. I was really shocked to find out he wasn't English blush

In my defence I was about 8 and not the sharpest child!

GhostsInSnow Mon 30-Dec-13 17:10:45

look in our house we just realised the little girl is Michelle Dotrices sister. Sadly the little boy died aged 21 sad

SpocksThirdEar Mon 30-Dec-13 17:13:14

Bless 'im! I didn't realise he wasn't English till I was grown up and had his terrible accent pointed out to me. Obviously when I was young he was what a Londoner sounded like (depsite my parents being Londoners and sounding nothing like him!)

Penis van Lesbian! grin

Bowlersarm Mon 30-Dec-13 17:14:36

It is a classic. The accent, that is.

Grennie Mon 30-Dec-13 17:34:07

YABVVU his accent is one of the grating things about an otherwise good film. PL Travers the author of the book didn't want him to play the role.

MrsDavidBowie Mon 30-Dec-13 17:38:35

I am loving Feed the Birds.

I hate pigeons, but it's a nice sentiment.

AlwaysDancing1234 Mon 30-Dec-13 17:47:10

My DS aged 6 said "Bert speaks a bit funny..where is he from?" so he noticed the dodgy accent but he still adores the film!
I was about 10 years old before I realised that Dick Van Dyke also plays the elder Mr Dawes...that character speaks oddly too!!

lookatmybutt Mon 30-Dec-13 17:57:08

Aww I though the little lad looked familiar. He was in Thomasina too. It's so sad about his early death.

Wevet Mon 30-Dec-13 18:39:05

I think both the children are insanely cute. And I adore David Tomlinson and Glynis John. (For whom Sondheim wrote 'Send in the Clowns', while we're on 'facts vaguely to do with the cast of MP'...)

I think D van D's accent is hilarious. The thing about him that freaks me out is the bit when he pulls down the crotch of his trousers during 'It's a Jolly Holiday with Mary', and does the penguin dance...

Heartbrokenmum73 Mon 30-Dec-13 18:45:21

I may be wrong, but I read somewhere that Dick Van Dyke had no theatrical/dance training before making that film. I love him for that fact alone - how well he holds his own against all the professionals.

Also adore him in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

revivingsnowshower Mon 30-Dec-13 18:46:54

I like it too it goes with the whole strange but nice world of Mary Poppins.

KatnipEvergreen Mon 30-Dec-13 18:48:43

Schtep in Time!

He is fab in the film, YANBU.

NewtRipley Mon 30-Dec-13 18:52:02


I'm also Essex. I've had people think i'm Australian, which is what Dick sounds like in Mary Poppins. This leads me to wonder whether Extreme Essex and Australian are linked.

LaurieFairyCake Mon 30-Dec-13 18:55:34

I've never thought his accent was that bad, never occurred to me that he wasn't english

< also stupid as a child>

LexieSinclair Mon 30-Dec-13 18:59:42

I fancy him a bit in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

getdownshep Mon 30-Dec-13 19:08:36

Apparently he went for a stage show audition, did a little dance because he was nervous and the choreographer offered him the lead even though he had no dance training.
He must have just had natural talent.
I didn't know about the little boy dying young.

pippop1 Mon 30-Dec-13 19:14:57

Were most of the people a bit orange in the film? Something to do with Californian tans perhaps? (or do we have a badly adjusted telly).

Minnieisthedevilmouse Mon 30-Dec-13 19:21:58

Newt, I've been mistaken for Aussie too but only ever by Americans.

Wouldn't surprise me. Knowing the 'cheeky chaps' round here!

jay55 Mon 30-Dec-13 19:35:04

As a kid I didnt realise he was meant to be English. All a part of the films charm.

JaneEyresHeir Thu 02-Jan-14 20:14:41

Am watching it just now - it's on BBC4. I loved the film as a child - I remember being mesmerised at the cinema! It just wouldn't be the same without Bert's crap ridiculous accent - 'Oh, it's a jolly 'oliday wiv Mare-eeeee'.
Am looking forward to 'schtep in toime'.

So no, OP, YANBU.

Heartbrokenmum73 Thu 02-Jan-14 20:36:00

'Itsh all me palsh!' grin

My niece (5) had the DVD for Christmas and loved it.

DD collects the Disney rag dolls and the Mary Poppins one is completely gorgeous - flowers on the brim of the hat, flared coat, carpet bag and parrot-headed umbrella all present and correct.

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