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A Yank at Oxford (1938)

Passed | | Drama, Romance, Sport | 18 February 1938 (USA)
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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Taglines:

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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Details

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

This film's initial telecast took place in Philadelphia Wednesday 10 April 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6); it first aired in Seattle 13 April 1957 on KING (Channel 5), in New Haven CT 16 April 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), in Altoona PA 23 April 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Portland OR 6 May 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), in Chicago 19 May 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Hartford CT 21 June 1957 on WHCT (Channel 18), in Phoenix 11 July 1957 on KPHO (Channel 5), in Minneapolis 16 October 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), in San Francisco 15 March 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), in New York City 6 August 1958 on WCBS (Channel 2), and, finally, in Los Angeles 22 March 1959 on KTTV (Channel 11). See more »

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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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Decent culture clash comedy
29 October 2017 | by rdoyle29See all my reviews

Small town American star athlete Robert Taylor gets the opportunity to attend Oxford and discovers that his brash American ways do not go over too well with the British. He romances fellow student Maureen O'Sullivan while earning the hostility of her brother until he makes things right with a personal sacrifice. A decent dramatic comedy about cultures clashing whose incredible cast also features Lionel Barrymore, Vivien Leigh and Edmund Gwenn. Remade as "Oxford Blues" in the 80's.


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