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A Chump at Oxford (1940)

Approved  |   |  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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(original story) (as Charles Rogers) , (original story), 5 more credits »
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Storyline

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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Figuring out a grand time for you! (one-sheet poster). See more »

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16 February 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les as d'Oxford  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Stan's accent as Lord Paddington was nothing like his own native Lancastrian accent. Paddington was a mimic of other actors with whom he had shared the stage decades earlier. See more »

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For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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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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