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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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Hilarious High Spirits in Drag
5 January 2007 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Very amusing comedy about an Oxford student who, on a week's probation for drunken school hijinks, decides to go ahead and perform in Oxford's production of "Charley's Aunt" hoping the female costume will hide him. Well, it doesn't - caught, he and his two roommates, accused of having a "long list of delinquencies", are about to be expelled from school. But our man gets the idea of disguising himself as "Aunt Lucy", in hopes of tricking the school dean into keeping them on by telling him the Aunt is devoted to putting money into expeditions to Egypt (the dean's pet hobby). Dressed in drag (and looking a lot like Dustin Hoffman in "Tootsie"), he arrives at Oxford and proceeds to fool all the old boys.

This film is highly amusing and fun to watch, particularly the segments with actor Arthur Askey in drag as the Aunt - he is just great in this, absolutely hilarious. Okay, yes a couple of the actors look a bit long in the tooth to actually be realistic as Oxford students - but I actually found that bit to be part of what makes this film funny. I also really enjoy the camaraderie seen between the actors here, who all appear to be having a lot of fun with this. An enjoyable and humorous film.

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