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A Chump at Oxford (1940)

Approved | | Comedy | 16 February 1940 (USA)
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) (as Charles Rogers), (original story) | 4 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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Those Philosophers of Phun in a new screamlined comedy! (Newspaper ad). See more »

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16 February 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les as d'Oxford  »

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(copyright length) | (European)

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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This was the first Hal Roach Laurel & Hardy film to be released through United Artists. See more »

Quotes

Dean Williams: Professor Einstein of Princeton is having trouble with his theory; could you possible give him just a little time...
Lord Paddington: Of course... Fatty, hand me my memorandum
[Ollie gives it to him... he leafs through it]
Lord Paddington: Let's see... Monday, Tuesday... suppose we make it Ash Wednesday... invite him for lunch, I'm having pancakes.
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Edited into Dance of the Cookoos (1982) See more »

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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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Stan is at his brilliant best!
16 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

As if Stan Laurel were not sufficiently funny in character, in this film a knock on the head turns Stan into his look-alike Victorian uncle who was one of the most brilliant Oxfordians ever in attendance at the fine school. Unbeknownst to the school rowdies who had elected the famous duo for a hazing, when the knock on the head changed Stanley it also gave him the peculiar ability to wiggle his ears and assume super human strength. As might be imagined he decided to teach the rowdies a lesson and the rest is hilaric history. This flick is a must for any classic American film library.


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