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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.

Director:

Archie Mayo

Writers:

George Seaton, Brandon Thomas (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Benny ... Babbs Babberley
Kay Francis ... Donna Lucia d'Alvadorez
James Ellison ... Jack Chesney
Anne Baxter ... Amy Spettigue
Edmund Gwenn ... Stephen Spettigue
Laird Cregar ... Sir Francis Chesney
Reginald Owen ... Redcliff
Arleen Whelan ... Kitty Verdun
Richard Haydn ... Charley Wyckham
Ernest Cossart ... Brasset
Morton Lowry ... Harley Stafford
Will Stanton ... Messenger
Lionel Pape ... Hilary Babberly
C. Montague Shaw ... Elderly Professor
Maurice Cass Maurice Cass ... Octogenarian Professor
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Storyline

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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THE GREATEST COMEDIAN OF OUR TIME...in Brandon Thomas' Immortal Comedy!

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Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La tía de Carlos See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

(at around 4 mins) The "Square Leg Umpire" is in the wrong position. Technically he is at "Backward Square Leg". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Student: Good afternoon, Mr. Redcliff.
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Connections

Version of La tía de Carlos en mini-falda (1967) See more »

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Charley's Aunt: The Hunt May Be at an End
29 September 2001 | by greenboy54See all my reviews

I loved the movie, but like the subscribee above, I haven't seen it in 20 years or so. It's not available on video in any country and I've checked every specialty video line--- no-one has it. The good news is that I'm told someone saw a copy on ebay this week. It's not there now, but if there's one out there, there must be more. Check ebay through October. It's Jack's film best after "To Be or Not to Be" in my opinion and better than "Horn" or "George Washington Slept

Here" (3rd place?) Anyway, If I find one, I'll cheer


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