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'Speak With Distinction': What's With Old-Timey Accents?

In the 1920's and into the 1950's, Hollywood had a particular way of talking. It was called the Midatlantic or the Transatlantic accent. But we don't speak like that anymore. In fact, nobody really did then either. The accent was learned so there's no line tracing it back through history. We tried our best to learn it too.