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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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Those Philosophers of Phun in a new screamlined comedy! (Newspaper ad). 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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Trivia

The scenes of the employment agency and dinner party were originally filmed for the 63 minute version to be released overseas simultaneously with a USA 42 minute print, but the 63 minute version was released in the USA as well. 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

Ollie: Einstein?... if it wasn't for that bump on the head he wouldn't know Einstein from a beer stein...
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Alternate Versions

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

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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 is at his brilliant best!
16 June 2003 | by Tony-84See all my reviews

As if Stan Laurel were not sufficiently funny in character, in this film a knock on the head turns Stan into his look-alike Victorian uncle who was one of the most brilliant Oxfordians ever in attendance at the fine school. Unbeknownst to the school rowdies who had elected the famous duo for a hazing, when the knock on the head changed Stanley it also gave him the peculiar ability to wiggle his ears and assume super human strength. As might be imagined he decided to teach the rowdies a lesson and the rest is hilaric history. This flick is a must for any classic American film library.


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