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A Chump at Oxford (1939)

Approved | | Comedy | 16 February 1940 (USA)
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As a reward for capturing a bank robber, Stan and Ollie get scholarship to Oxford, but are met with resentment by other students.

Director:

Alfred J. Goulding (as Alfred Goulding)

Writers:

Charley Rogers (original story) (as Charles Rogers), Felix Adler (original story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stan Laurel ... Stan / Lord Paddington
Oliver Hardy ... Ollie
Forrester Harvey ... Meredith
Wilfred Lucas ... Dean Williams
Forbes Murray ... Banker
Frank Baker ... Dean's Servant
Eddie Borden ... Ghost
Gerald Rogers Gerald Rogers ... Student
Victor Kendall Victor Kendall ... Student
Gerald Fielding Gerald Fielding ... Student
Charlie Hall Charlie Hall ... Student (as Charles Hall)
Peter Cushing ... Student
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Storyline

With Stan in drag, the boys get jobs as a butler and maid for a dinner party at the Vandevere's. After that ends in disaster, they're reduced to sweeping streets, and accidentally capture a bank robber. The grateful bank president sends them to Oxford for a proper education. There they become victims of student pranks, getting lost in the Maze and taking over the Dean's quarters as their own. But then a knock on the head gets Stan to believing he's the famed Lord Paddington, scholar and athlete extraordinaire. Suddenly erudite and supercilious, he retains Oliver as his valet, "Fatty." Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Taglines:

Figuring out a grand time for you! (one-sheet poster). See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 February 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les as d'Oxford See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(copyright length) | (European)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Stan's accent as Lord Paddington was nothing like his own native Lancastrian accent. Paddington was a mimic of other actors with whom he had shared the stage decades earlier. See more »

Goofs

When Stan and Ollie get out of a car and thank the driver for the lift, they are in front of the entrance for The Evening Globe, which has Art Deco trim around the main doors. They then ask the driver of a Water Dept. truck for a ride. When they sit on the back of the truck as the driver turns on the street-cleaning spray, the background has changed, and they are now in front of the Globe Pipe Shop, which is next to a grand building entrance with large, Ionic columns on either side of the doors. See more »

Quotes

Stan: This joint is really screwy! There's a gent over there who just said he wants his salad served undressed!
Ollie: Well, you heard what he said - serve the salad undressed!
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Alternate Versions

Shortenedand reedited as "Alter Ego" for TV consumption in the 59m See more »

Connections

Spoofed in De Buik Vol (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Fee-fi-fo-fum!
(uncredited)
Traditional and famously used in the fairy tale "Jack and the Beanstalk"
Sung a cappella by Oxford students with modified lyrics
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Stan & Ollie at their best. Hilarious.
23 February 2005 | by RussianPantyHogSee all my reviews

What a lovely gentle comedy. Laurel & Hardy are down on their luck after spectacularly failing as domestic servants (with Stan in drag as a maid) and find themselves literally "in the gutter" working as road-sweepers. They accidentally foil a bank robbery and the grateful bank manager rewards them with the one thing they most dream of, "the best education money can buy". And so off they go to Oxford University, England where the students play a series of practical jokes on them until it's discovered Stan is really Lord Paddington, a brilliant academic who lost his memory several years earlier and vanished. Some of Laurel and Hardy's full-length movies lack the brilliance of their "shorts" but this is spot on throughout. Trust me, you won't stop laughing. Hard to believe this film is now 65 years old, but it still shines. The "Oxford" scenes were shot in Hollywood as we British were rather pre-occupied in 1940 and it's kind of poignant to reflect on the terrible evil that was loose in the world while this lovely film was being created. This movie is a wonderful anglo-American co-operation just like the military alliance which, thankfully, meant that comedy could continue. I recently heard Laurel and hardy described as two very gentle gentlemen, and that sums up my feelings. God bless them both, and long may their legacy continue to bring laughter. Look out for a very young Peter Cushing as one of the spiteful students.


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