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A Yank at Oxford (1938)

A brash young American aristocrat attending Oxford University gets a chance to prove himself and win the heart of his antagonist's sister.

Director:

Jack Conway

Writers:

Malcolm Stuart Boylan (screen play), Walter Ferris (screen play) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Taylor ... Lee Sheridan
Lionel Barrymore ... Dan Sheridan
Maureen O'Sullivan ... Molly Beaumont
Vivien Leigh ... Elsa Craddock
Edmund Gwenn ... Dean of Cardinal
Griffith Jones ... Paul Beaumont
C.V. France ... Dean Snodgrass
Edward Rigby ... Scatters
Morton Selten ... Cecil Davidson, Esq.
Claude Gillingwater ... Ben Dalton
Tully Marshall ... Cephas
Walter Kingsford ... Dean Williams
Robert Coote ... Wavertree
Peter Croft Peter Croft ... Ramsey
Noel Howlett ... Tom Craddock
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Storyline

Lee Sheridan's ego has always been stoked by his newspaper publisher father, Dan Sheridan, who is willing to "hold the presses" solely to print Lee's many sporting accomplishments as they happen. Because he is as good as he says in those sporting accomplishments, Lee is generally well liked by his colleagues at Lakedale State College in his hometown of Lakedale despite that ego. It is because of those sporting feats that Lee is offered a scholarship to attend Oxford. Lee expects to be as welcomed at Oxford as he has been his entire life, but is slow to learn that his brash American sensibilities mean more to his staid Oxford classmates than his sporting accomplishments, that brashness which turns off the first three Oxford students he meets on the train. It is because of their rough treatment of him, especially by Paul Beaumont, that makes Lee reconsider his stay in England. Lee does decide to stay and make a name for himself in a good way, partly to impress Molly Beaumont, Paul's ... Written by Huggo

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Here's The Yankee Clipper Himself ! A two-fisted terror from the States . . . who landed in England with a chip on his shoulder . . . but let a blue-eyed beauty walk off with his heart ! Bob Taylor's Biggest Picture Hit ! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

18 February 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Lausbub aus Amerika See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Jack Conway took over as director after Michael Balcon, who was to both produce and direct, quit after clashing with MGM chief Louis B. Mayer. Balcon stayed on as producer. See more »

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Featured in Sports on the Silver Screen (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Yankee Doodle
(uncredited)
Music traditional - English origin (ca. 1755)
Played by the band sending Lee off to Oxford
Whistled by Robert Taylor
Played by a student band in the parade to the station
Variations part of the score
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Distinctly anti-American comedy is easy to resist...
17 May 2005 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

ROBERT TAYLOR is refreshingly natural in the role of a brash American Yank who immediately succeeds in alienating his fellow Oxford classmates to the extent that they play practical jokes on him. The entire tone of the film seems to want to portray Americans as distinctly out of their element among the British elite. There's a distinctly mean-spirited flavor to some of the proceedings.

MAUREEN O'SULLIVAN is pleasant as Taylor's chief love interest, but it's hard to detect any of the qualities VIVIEN LEIGH would later show as Scarlett O'Hara in her role as a flirtatious bookstore worker. Her pencil thin eyebrows and unflattering hairdo don't suggest any of the attractive make-up that transformed her into a Southern belle just a year later. She looks almost dowdy here before Hollywood gave her the glamor treatment.

Taylor and Leigh would exhibit much better chemistry in 1940's WATERLOO BRIDGE. Here she is somewhat irritating in a small role.

Sports-minded individuals will get more of a kick out of this than the casual movie-goer looking for a good romantic comedy.


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