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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 Laurel / Lord Paddington
Oliver Hardy ... Oliver Hardy
Forrester Harvey ... Meredith
Wilfred Lucas ... Dean Williams
Forbes Murray ... Banker
Frank Baker ... Jenkins - the Dean's Servant
Eddie Borden ... Student Ghost
Gerald Rogers Gerald Rogers ... Student Johnson
Victor Kendall Victor Kendall ... Student Cecil
Gerald Fielding Gerald Fielding ... Student Brown
Charlie Hall ... Student Hector (as Charles Hall)
Peter Cushing ... Student Jones
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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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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

This film was first telecast in New York City Sunday 8 August 1948 on WPIX (Channel 11), as part of their newly acquired series of three dozen Hal Roach feature film productions, originally theatrically released between 1931 and 1943, and now being syndicated for television broadcast by Regal Television Pictures. In Los Angeles its television premiere occurred Tuesday 14 December 1948 on KTLA (Channel 5), in Atlanta Friday 7 January 1949 on WSB (Channel 8), and in Philadelphia it first aired Thursday 12 May 1949 on WCAU (Channel 10). 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

Mrs. Vandevere: [looking at Stan in drag] What a strange looking person.
Stan: Well, what do you expect on a few hours notice? If you'd a gone to the trouble that we did to get us the job...
Ollie: Eh-eh, what he means, I mean, *she* means is, this is the best they could do upon short notice.
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Alternate Versions

There exists also a colorized version. 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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Unmissable.
30 June 1999 | by G.SpiderSee all my reviews

This is without doubt one of the best L & H films. It opens with their hilarious attempts at finding employment, which involve Stan dressing as a maid. Then, after foiling a bank robbery whilst working as street cleaners, the duo are rewarded with the possibility of a university education and go to Oxford where they end up on the wrong side of prankster students (including a teenaged Peter Cushing). Before long, it is revealed that Stan has a mysterious past.

Unmissable whether you're a fan of the legendary duo or not, this film has barely a dull moment. The apex of comedy, timeless whether in color or black and white.


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