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Charley's Aunt (1930)

Unrated | | Comedy | 25 December 1930 (USA)
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

Writers:

Brandon Thomas (from the play by), F. McGrew Willis (screen adaptation)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Ruggles ... Lord Fancourt Babberley (as Charlie Ruggles)
June Collyer ... Amy Spettigue
Doris Lloyd ... Donna Lucia D' Alvadorez
Halliwell Hobbes ... Stephen Spettigue
Hugh Williams ... Charlie Wykeham
Flora le Breton ... Ela Delahay (as Flora LeBreton)
Rodney McLennan Rodney McLennan ... Jack Chesney
Phillips Smalley ... Sir Francis Chesney
Flora Sheffield Flora Sheffield ... Kitty Verdun
Wilson Benge Wilson Benge ... Brassett
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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>

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Comedy

Certificate:

Unrated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charleys Tante See more »

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Production Co:

Christie Film Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

The play originally opened in London on 21 December 1892. The first New York opening was on 2 October 1893. See more »

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

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Charlie Ruggles Shines In Comedic Caper
2 June 2001 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

Romantic complications abound when a zany young nobleman at Oxford is persuaded to impersonate his friend CHARLEY'S AUNT from Brazil - - where the nuts come from...

Although quite an antique - with its faded print & missing moments - this ancient talkie version of the Brandon Thomas chestnut looks like what it is: a filmed version of the play, full of slapstick & mistaken identities. However, it is remarkable for containing one of the first great comedy performances of the sound cinema - Charlie Ruggles in the title role.

Although at 44 he's too old to be playing a college boy, and his American accent initially seems a bit out of place, Ruggles soon dominates the proceedings with his shameless acting. Flouncing about in a granny dress, shawl & curls, flirting outrageously with two silly old men, taking pratfalls, mugging the camera, he is absolutely hilarious. Off to a good start, for the next 40 years Ruggles would be considered one of Hollywood's ablest character actors.

Supporting him are some fine British stalwarts - Halliwell Hobbes, Doris Lloyd, Hugh Williams. Together with Charlie Ruggles, they make this seldom-seen film an entertaining treat for modern viewers.


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