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A Yank at Oxford (1938)

Passed | | Drama, Romance, Sport | 18 February 1938 (USA)
Lee Sheridan's ego has always been stoked by his newspaper publisher father, Dan Sheridan, who is willing to "hold the presses" solely to print Lee's many sporting accomplishments as they ... See full summary »

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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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Lee Sheridan's ego has always been stoked by his newspaper publisher father, Dan Sheridan, who is willing to "hold the presses" solely to print Lee's many sporting accomplishments as they happen. Because he is as good as he says in those sporting accomplishments, Lee is generally well liked by his colleagues at Lakedale State College in his hometown of Lakedale despite that ego. It is because of those sporting feats that Lee is offered a scholarship to attend Oxford. Lee expects to be as welcomed at Oxford as he has been his entire life, but is slow to learn that his brash American sensibilities mean more to his staid Oxford classmates than his sporting accomplishments, that brashness which turns off the first three Oxford students he meets on the train. It is because of their rough treatment of him, especially by Paul Beaumont, that makes Lee reconsider his stay in England. Lee does decide to stay and make a name for himself in a good way, partly to impress Molly Beaumont, Paul's ... Written by Huggo

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The Roving Romances Of A Two-Fisted American! See more »

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Drama | Romance | Sport

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18 February 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Lausbub aus Amerika  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Cardinal College is based on Christ Church, Oxford and the entrance gate is closely modeled on Tom Gate at Christ Church. It was originally founded by Cardinal Thomas Wolsey as Cardinal College but taken over and renamed by Henry VIII after Wolsey's downfall. See more »

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Referenced in The Romance of Celluloid (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Battle Hymn of the Republic
(circa 1856) (uncredited)
Music by William Steffe
Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe (1862)
Sung a cappella by students with modified lyrics
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Distinctly anti-American comedy is easy to resist...
17 May 2005 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

ROBERT TAYLOR is refreshingly natural in the role of a brash American Yank who immediately succeeds in alienating his fellow Oxford classmates to the extent that they play practical jokes on him. The entire tone of the film seems to want to portray Americans as distinctly out of their element among the British elite. There's a distinctly mean-spirited flavor to some of the proceedings.

MAUREEN O'SULLIVAN is pleasant as Taylor's chief love interest, but it's hard to detect any of the qualities VIVIEN LEIGH would later show as Scarlett O'Hara in her role as a flirtatious bookstore worker. Her pencil thin eyebrows and unflattering hairdo don't suggest any of the attractive make-up that transformed her into a Southern belle just a year later. She looks almost dowdy here before Hollywood gave her the glamor treatment.

Taylor and Leigh would exhibit much better chemistry in 1940's WATERLOO BRIDGE. Here she is somewhat irritating in a small role.

Sports-minded individuals will get more of a kick out of this than the casual movie-goer looking for a good romantic comedy.


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