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A Chump at Oxford (1940)

 -  Comedy  -  16 February 1940 (USA)
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As a reward for capturing a bank robber, Stan and Ollie get scholarship to Oxford, but are met with resentment by other students.

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(as Alfred Goulding)

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(original story and screen play by), (original story and screen play by), 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
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Stan / Lord Paddington
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Forrester Harvey ...
Meredith
Wilfred Lucas ...
Dean Williams
Forbes Murray ...
Banker
Frank Baker ...
Dean's Servant
Eddie Borden ...
Ghost
Gerald Rogers ...
Student
Victor Kendall ...
Student
Gerald Fielding ...
Student
Charlie Hall ...
Student (as Charles Hall)
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Student
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With Stan in drag, the boys get jobs as a butler and maid for a dinner party at the Vandevere's. After that ends in disaster, they're reduced to sweeping streets, and accidentally capture a bank robber. The grateful bank president sends them to Oxford for a proper education. There they become victims of student pranks, getting lost in the Maze and taking over the Dean's quarters as their own. But then a knock on the head gets Stan to believing he's the famed Lord Paddington, scholar and athlete extraordinaire. Suddenly erudite and supercilious, he retains Oliver as his valet, "Fatty." Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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oxford | valet | maze | scholarship | dean | See more »

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Comedy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

16 February 1940 (USA)  »

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(copyright length)

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

After the dinner party scene ends and the boys are seen walking down the street (Ollie is carrying a broom over his left shoulder and Stan is pushing a dustcart), they pass a building which says "Finlayson National Bank", which is obviously a nod towards their frequent co-star foil James Finlayson. See more »

Quotes

Student: Dirty snitchers.
Stan: [as Lord Paddington] Repeat that remark again.
Student: [with entire student group] Dirty snitchers!
Stan: [as Lord Paddington,sternly] Have a care...
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Referenced in Guest House Paradiso (1999) See more »

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Fee-fi-fo-fum!
(uncredited)
Traditional and famously used in the fairy tale "Jack and the Beanstalk"
Sung a cappella by Oxford students with modified lyrics
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do watch it, but make sure that you don't go into dizzy spells
22 August 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

This may be the only fine mess that Laurel and Hardy get themselves into that actually benefits them. After stopping a bank robber, they get sent to Oxford for a proper education, and a knock on the head makes Stan remember that he's actually Lord Paddington, an effete Brit who makes Ollie his servant.

I think that my two favorite parts were the maze ghost, and the whole scene in the dean's room. Maybe "A Chump at Oxford" wasn't Laurel and Hardy's best movie ever, but it was still a hoot. It just goes to show that those guys were truly one of the classic comedy teams.

Dizzy spells. Ha!


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