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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 ...
Ben Dalton
Tully Marshall ...
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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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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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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The first feature film of Jon Pertwee. See more »

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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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Unfortunate American Slop
6 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Taylor was entirely too old (27) and WAY too "meaty" to play a star athlete in this film. His fat legs show to disadvantage, and the scenes of him outpacing the track team are absurd. Thers is no possibility of someone of his weight beating the skinny competition shown in this film.

If the character had shown some spark of humility & a desire to learn better, this would have been a much more enjoyable story. Think of Harold Lloyd in "The Freshman", where his character wants to succeed by his own efforts, and learns early-on that he can't fake it. Heart warming was that, while this is just a demonstration of a notion of Yankee Superiority and how 'We Americans' can overcome the 'Snooty Englishers'. Spare us.

Taylor's character ultimately fails to win our hearts with sincerity; his "nerve" is all he has, and while that's enough to turn the story to his favor, it really isn't sufficient to make us believe he's a good egg after all.

Of course, all of this is tainted by Hollywood's habit of using 25-30-35 year olds in the roles of college students (and even 40 year olds, in the case of The Nutty Professor of Jerry Lewis - several of his supposed Football Heroes were OLDER than he was, at the time of filming)


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