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Charley's Aunt (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 1 August 1941 (USA)
In 1890, two students at Oxford force their rascally friend and fellow student to pose as an aunt from Brazil--where the nuts come from.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Babbs Babberley
... Donna Lucia d'Alvadorez
... Jack Chesney
... Amy Spettigue
... Stephen Spettigue
... Sir Francis Chesney
... Redcliff
... Kitty Verdun
... Charley Wyckham
... Brasset
Morton Lowry ... Harley Stafford
... Messenger
Lionel Pape ... Hilary Babberly
... Elderly Professor
Maurice Cass ... Octogenarian Professor
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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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La tía de Carlos  »

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Somewhat a landmark film for 20th Century-Fox, as it was the first film they offered the exhibitors under the recently-established terms of the consent decree, conditions that no longer allowed a film studio or company to force the exhibitors to book a large block of films from the same company in order to get any film from that company in a production season. They could still require the exhibitor to make bookings in blocks of five, and "Charley's Aunt" was the first of the five offered. The other four could have been turkeys, but they had to be booked in order to get "Charley's Aunt." See more »

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In all Oxbridge (Oxford and Cambridge) colleges it is a strict rule that only fellows (and their attendant guests) are allowed to walk on the grass within the college grounds. However, in the film, students and others persistently ignore this regulation. See more »

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[first lines]
Student: Good afternoon, Mr. Redcliff.
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Version of Waar is Charley? (1960) See more »

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what a gas!
17 April 2009 | by See all my reviews

what a riot this film is,once it gets going.the first 30 minutes are just the setup.from that point on,it's gas.Benny is hysterical in drag.i laughed my but off at his hi-jinks.i even had tears in my eyes at times.this is surely a classic.if not,it should be.Jack Benny of course takes centre stage here,but the supporting performances are very good,as well.it's based on a very successful stage play,but it translates well to the screen.it's also been made into a movie at least once before.if you're a Jack Benny fan,you can't afford to miss this gem.even if you're not a fan of Jack Benny,or don't even know who he is,you should catch this film for the great writing and the slapstick.and it's a good introduction to Benny.for me,Charley's Aunt is a 9/10


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