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Charley's (Big-Hearted) Aunt (1940)

TV-G | | Comedy | 31 August 1940 (UK)
Taking inspiration from a well-known Victorian play, a modern-day prankster poses as a wealthy woman in a ploy to prevent him and his friends from being expelled from college.



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Complete credited cast:
Arthur Askey ...
Richard Murdoch ...
Graham Moffatt ...
Moore Marriott ...
J.H. Roberts ...
Dean of Bowgate
Felix Aylmer ...
The Proctor
Wally Patch ...
The Buller
Phyllis Calvert ...
Betty Forsythe
Jeanne De Casalis ...
Aunt Lucy (as Jeanne de Casalis)
Elliott Mason ...
Dame Luckton


After a night of drunken revelry, Oxford student and prankster Arthur Linden-Jones is confined to school grounds. That evening, Arthur has the lead in the Victorian farce "Charley's Aunt." Not wanting to loose the profit from ticket sales, Arthur sneaks off campus. His escapades find him and his friends, Burton and Brown, in even deeper trouble. Appealing to their Dean's interest in Egypt, they create a story about Brown's philanthropist aunt being an Egyptologist. When the Dean requests a meeting with the lady, Arthur puts on a dress and becomes "Aunt Lucy." Written by L. Hamre

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31 August 1940 (UK)  »

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Charleys nya tant  »

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1.37 : 1
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Jones's quote, "Smiling, the boy fell dead", is the last line of the poem, "The Incident of the French Camp" by Robert Browning. See more »


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One of the funniest films I've ever seen
13 September 2002 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

To appreciate the humour of Charley's Big-Hearted Aunt, I suppose you have to be an Askey fan, and used to his types of jokes - for example, plenty of dress-ups! I found this to be one of the funniest Askey comedies I have ever seen. And it was lovely to see Phyllis Calvert in an early role, before she became typecast as the perennial Lady. Here she was perfect as a young college student - a real goody-goody at times, and as cheeky as the boys at others. I'd recommend anyone who's a fan of either (or both), or who's just after an easy laugh, to give this a go. There's some real laugh out loud and "oh no!" moments and the whole thing works wonderfully well. 10/10

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