Wisconsin State Journal, December 6th, 2007, "Review: Dickens fiercely resurrected" by John Mendelsohn
In the UK, there can be no more scathing indictment of a Yank actor 's attempts at a British accent than comparison with Dick Van Dyke, whose purportedly cockney accent in "Mary Poppins " set a standard for incompetence that remains unapproached 43 years later. Hearing James Ridge voice Dickens ' working class Londoners without the glottal stop that's the single most notable feature of their speech, and with key diphthongs all askew, Brits would gleefully dickvandyke him into Lake Monona.
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