6.7/10
37
4 user 2 critic

Charley's Aunt (1925)

Charley Wyckham and Jack Chesney pressure fellow student Fancourt Babberly to pose as Charley's Brazilian Aunt Donna Lucia. Their purpose is to have a chaperone for their amorous visits ... See full summary »

Director:

Scott Sidney

Writers:

Joseph Farnham (titles), Brandon Thomas (play) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

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
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Charley Wyckham and Jack Chesney pressure fellow student Fancourt Babberly to pose as Charley's Brazilian Aunt Donna Lucia. Their purpose is to have a chaperone for their amorous visits ... See full summary »

Director: Al Christie
Stars: Charles Ruggles, June Collyer, Doris Lloyd
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Director: Hans Quest
Stars: Heinz Rühmann, Hertha Feiler, Claus Biederstaedt
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

An Austrian version of the famous farce Charley's Aunt. A man impersonates his own aunt.

Director: Géza von Cziffra
Stars: Peter Alexander, Maria Sebaldt, Peter Vogel
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Syd Chaplin ... Sir Fancourt Babberley (Babbs) (as Sidney Chaplin)
Ethel Shannon ... Ela Delahay
James E. Page James E. Page ... Spettigue
Lucien Littlefield ... Brasset - the Scout
Alec B. Francis ... Mr. Delahay
Phillips Smalley ... Sir Francis Chesney
Eulalie Jensen ... Charley's Aunt
David James David James ... Jack Chesney
James Harrison James Harrison ... Charley Wykeham (as Jimmy Harrison)
Mary Akin Mary Akin ... Amy Spettigue
Priscilla Bonner ... Kitty Verdun
Edit

Storyline

Charley Wyckham and Jack Chesney pressure fellow student Fancourt Babberly to pose as Charley's Brazilian Aunt Donna Lucia. Their purpose is to have a chaperone for their amorous visits with Amy and Kitty, niece and ward of crusty Stephen Spettigue. Complications begin when Fancourt, in drag, becomes the love object of old Spettigue and Sir Francis Chesney. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy

Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 1925 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Charleys Tante See more »

Edit

Box Office

Gross USA:

$556,529, 31 December 1926
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Christie Film Company See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Considered by the 'Guinness Book of Records' to be the first Anglo-American co-production. See more »

Connections

Version of Charleys Tante (1976) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Not side-splitting funny, but competent and interesting nonetheless
18 November 2008 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is an interesting film because you get to see Charlie Chaplin's half-brother, Syd AND he looks like an ordinary person. In the dozen or so other Sydney Chaplin films I've seen, he usually looks rather comical--with greased hair and often a fake mustache and large padded butt. Here, though, you'd swear it wasn't Syd--just some ordinary bloke. This change was not a bad thing, however, as the film is a light comedy that compared reasonably well to other full-length comedies of the day. However, it's important to note that if the viewer is looking for a slapstick or goofy film, this really isn't it. It's much more plot-driven and definitely not slapstick.

The film begins with Syd trying to help his fiancée's father who has a gambling addiction, but the fiancée misunderstands and leaves him. Some time passes and now Syd is in college and gets mixed up in a crazy scheme to imitate Charley's aunt so that they can fool an old guy into proposing! And, at the same time, the old guy is convinced that the "aunt" is a rich Brazilian heiress. So there's lots of gags about Syd in drag and it's all in good fun--but also a bit sedate.

A decent film and a rare chance to see Syd Chaplin in a different sort of role than you might be used to.


4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 4 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed