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Ted Lewis


I'm reading a Ted Lewis crime novel set somewhere in the U.S. Hilarious. Lewis is a terrific genre writer but he has no clue as to what Americans sound like. I'm thinking this must be what Brits hear listening to Dick Van Dyke trying to sound cockney.
Now that I think about, one of the few times his Jack Carter character loses his cool is when someone mistakes him for a cockney. Jack is from Lincolnshire.

Thinking some more, when they filmed Get Carter they moved Jack's origin to, I think, Newcastle. This probably has some major significance to a Brit but is meaningless to an American.

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