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Where's Charley? (1952)

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From the popular Broadway show, a musical adaptation Brandon Thomas's 1890's farce about an Oxford undergraduate posing as a classmate's aunt from Brazil--"where the nuts come from." ... See full summary »


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In 1890, two students at Oxford force their rascally friend and fellow student to pose as an aunt from Brazil--where the nuts come from.

Director: Archie Mayo
Stars: Jack Benny, Kay Francis, James Ellison


Credited cast:
Amy Spettigue (as Allyn McLerie)
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From the popular Broadway show, a musical adaptation Brandon Thomas's 1890's farce about an Oxford undergraduate posing as a classmate's aunt from Brazil--"where the nuts come from." Notable mainly for Frank Loesser's score and Ray Bolger's spectacular dance to "Once in Love with Amy."

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Release Date:

24 October 1952 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

La marraine de Charley  »

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(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The Broadway production opened at the St. James Theater on October 11, 1948 and ran for 792 performances. Ray Bolger Allyn Ann McLerieand Horace Cooper reprised their roles in the movie version. See more »


Version of BBC Play of the Month: Charley's Aunt (1969) See more »


Written by Frank Loesser
Performed by the Ensemble
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17 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Can someone please explain to me why this delightful film has never been released on DVD or VHS? Does it have something to do with securing the rights? Just curious to see if anyone knows the answer. This is one of Bolger's best films, and also a rare starring role for Allyn McLerie. So sad that she never quite made it to stardom. Other than this film, I've seen her in "Calamity Jane" and "Desert Song". Although relegated to supporting roles in both, she was wonderful. I especially enjoy her Katie Brown in the latter. Like one of the other commenters, I have always wondered why she never really became a "star". Please, whomever is keeping this film from being released, let the public once again enjoy this wonderful film.

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