Charley Wyckham and Jack Chesney pressure fellow student Fancourt Babberly to pose as Charley's Brazilian Aunt Donna Lucia. Their purpose is to have a chaperone for their amorous visits ...
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Charley Wyckham and Jack Chesney pressure fellow student Fancourt Babberly to pose as Charley's Brazilian Aunt Donna Lucia. Their purpose is to have a chaperone for their amorous visits with Amy and Kitty, niece and ward of crusty Stephen Spettigue. Complications begin when Fancourt, in drag, becomes the love object of old Spettigue and Sir Francis Chesney. Written by
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Romantic complications abound when a zany young nobleman at Oxford is persuaded to impersonate his friend CHARLEY'S AUNT from Brazil - - where the nuts come from...
Although quite an antique - with its faded print & missing moments - this ancient talkie version of the Brandon Thomas chestnut looks like what it is: a filmed version of the play, full of slapstick & mistaken identities. However, it is remarkable for containing one of the first great comedy performances of the sound cinema - Charlie Ruggles in the title role.
Although at 44 he's too old to be playing a college boy, and his American accent initially seems a bit out of place, Ruggles soon dominates the proceedings with his shameless acting. Flouncing about in a granny dress, shawl & curls, flirting outrageously with two silly old men, taking pratfalls, mugging the camera, he is absolutely hilarious. Off to a good start, for the next 40 years Ruggles would be considered one of Hollywood's ablest character actors.
Supporting him are some fine British stalwarts - Halliwell Hobbes, Doris Lloyd, Hugh Williams. Together with Charlie Ruggles, they make this seldom-seen film an entertaining treat for modern viewers.
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