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A Yank at Oxford (1938)

Passed  |   |  Drama, Romance, Sport  |  18 February 1938 (USA)
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Lee Sheridan, a young American comes to study at Oxford University, but is instantly disliked by the other students, because of his brash and big-headed attitude. After several scrapes with... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lee Sheridan
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Dan Sheridan
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Molly Beaumont
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Elsa Craddock
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Dean of Cardinal
Griffith Jones ...
Paul Beaumont
C.V. France ...
Dean Snodgrass
Edward Rigby ...
Scatters
Morton Selten ...
Cecil Davidson, Esq.
Claude Gillingwater ...
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Cephas
Walter Kingsford ...
Dean Williams
Robert Coote ...
Wavertree
Peter Croft ...
Ramsey
Noel Howlett ...
Tom Craddock
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Storyline

Lee Sheridan, a young American comes to study at Oxford University, but is instantly disliked by the other students, because of his brash and big-headed attitude. After several scrapes with the college professors, and the wife of the local book seller, he becomes a hero when he joins the rowing club, and coxes the boat crew to beat Cambridge, in the annual boat race. Written by mike.wilson6@btinternet.com

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Here's The Yankee Clipper Himself ! A two-fisted terror from the States . . . who landed in England with a chip on his shoulder . . . but let a blue-eyed beauty walk off with his heart ! Bob Taylor's Biggest Picture Hit !

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Drama | Romance | Sport

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Release Date:

18 February 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Lausbub aus Amerika  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Jack Conway took over as director after Michael Balcon, who was to both produce and direct, quit after clashing with MGM chief Louis B. Mayer. Balcon stayed on as producer. See more »

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Spoofed in A Chump at Oxford (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Academic Festival Overture in C, Opus 80
(1880) (uncredited)
Written by Johannes Brahms
Played as background for the first scene showing the college sign
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An Adjustment Of Image.
5 November 2009 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

After his early days at MGM when Robert Taylor was marketed as a modern romance magazine cover, it was perceived by Louis B. Mayer that Taylor needed an adjustment of image to expand his casting potential. It was perceived by Taylor as well who was not happy with some of the snide powder puff comments he was getting in some quarters.

Accordingly A Yank At Oxford was an original screenplay written specifically for him in mind. As Taylor in real life was an athletic sort, the casting was no stretch that way.

In his part as an American on scholarship to Oxford Taylor was going into Tyrone Power's territory of the hero/heel. Taylor was more often a nice guy 100% in this stage of his career. But he does very well with the part.

Arriving at Cardinal College in Oxford, Taylor doesn't do much for Anglo-American relations with his braggadocious ways. He makes particular enemies with three classmates, Griffith Jones, Robert Coote, and Peter Croft. But he also backs his brag up and when he meets Maureen O'Sullivan who is Jones's sister who planes out the rougher side of Taylor.

The film was produced by MGM and shot over in the United Kingdom with the real Oxford locations used. Take a look at the writing credits of this film. I'm quite flabbergasted that so many talented hands went into the screenplay. Usually that means a muddled mess, but it all works here.

Several of the players had only worked in British cinema before and A Yank At Oxford was America's first look at a lot of them. Most importantly Vivien Leigh. She had a really interesting part as the wife of a bookstore owner. Her husband is a good deal older than her and she amuses herself with her pick of the young Oxford students. She sets her cap at one point for both Taylor and Jones and it's on her flirtatious ways that the plot hinges. Her naughty flirt in this film may very well have made one David O. Selznick cast her as the ultimate young flirt in Gone With The Wind.

A Yank At Oxford was remade almost 50 years later as Oxford Blues with Rob Lowe in the lead. As an actor in his Brat Pack days, Lowe was cast in a lot of parts that would have gone to a Robert Taylor or Tyrone Power. Still A Yank At Oxford became one of Robert Taylor's most popular roles with the general public and with his enduring legion of fans.


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