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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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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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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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16 February 1940 (USA)  »

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Les as d'Oxford  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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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 »

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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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For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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Sung a cappella by Oxford students
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Unmissable.
30 June 1999 | by See all my reviews

This is without doubt one of the best L & H films. It opens with their hilarious attempts at finding employment, which involve Stan dressing as a maid. Then, after foiling a bank robbery whilst working as street cleaners, the duo are rewarded with the possibility of a university education and go to Oxford where they end up on the wrong side of prankster students (including a teenaged Peter Cushing). Before long, it is revealed that Stan has a mysterious past.

Unmissable whether you're a fan of the legendary duo or not, this film has barely a dull moment. The apex of comedy, timeless whether in color or black and white.


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