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A Yank at Oxford (1938)

Passed | | Drama, Romance, Sport | 18 February 1938 (USA)
A brash young American aristocrat attending Oxford University gets a chance to prove himself and win the heart of his antagonist's sister.

Director:

Jack Conway

Writers:

Malcolm Stuart Boylan (screen play), Walter Ferris (screen play) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Taylor ... Lee Sheridan
Lionel Barrymore ... Dan Sheridan
Maureen O'Sullivan ... Molly Beaumont
Vivien Leigh ... Elsa Craddock
Edmund Gwenn ... Dean of Cardinal
Griffith Jones ... Paul Beaumont
C.V. France ... Dean Snodgrass
Edward Rigby ... Scatters
Morton Selten ... Cecil Davidson, Esq.
Claude Gillingwater ... Ben Dalton
Tully Marshall ... Cephas
Walter Kingsford ... Dean Williams
Robert Coote ... Wavertree
Peter Croft Peter Croft ... Ramsey
Noel Howlett ... Tom Craddock
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Lee Sheridan's ego has always been stoked by his newspaper publisher father, Dan Sheridan, who is willing to "hold the presses" solely to print Lee's many sporting accomplishments as they happen. Because he is as good as he says in those sporting accomplishments, Lee is generally well liked by his colleagues at Lakedale State College in his hometown of Lakedale despite that ego. It is because of those sporting feats that Lee is offered a scholarship to attend Oxford. Lee expects to be as welcomed at Oxford as he has been his entire life, but is slow to learn that his brash American sensibilities mean more to his staid Oxford classmates than his sporting accomplishments, that brashness which turns off the first three Oxford students he meets on the train. It is because of their rough treatment of him, especially by Paul Beaumont, that makes Lee reconsider his stay in England. Lee does decide to stay and make a name for himself in a good way, partly to impress Molly Beaumont, Paul's ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

The Roving Romances Of A Two-Fisted American! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

18 February 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Lausbub aus Amerika See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In a scene shortly after arriving at Oxford, Sheridan meets with his assigned tutor, who asks him, "What are you reading?" by which he means what is your field of study. Sheridan, confused, replies, "Well, I am reading 'Gone With The Wind', but I am only halfway through it." Vivien Leigh, also in this movie, would of course portray Scarlett in Gone with the Wind (1939) which was released the year after this movie. Reportedly, it was known as early as 1937 from a David O. Selznick memo that Leigh had secured the role. See more »

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Referenced in The Romance of Celluloid (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Battle Hymn of the Republic
(circa 1856) (uncredited)
Music by William Steffe
Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe (1862)
Sung a cappella by students with modified lyrics
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Robert Taylor Channels William Haines
24 January 2016 | by drednmSee all my reviews

A YANK AT OXFORD is notable for several reasons. This was MGM's first British production with Mayer in charge (co-produced by Michael Balcon who quit after a fight with Mayer). Despite Mayer's reservations, Balcon hired Vivien Leigh for one of the leads, and this was a key film in getting her noticed by Selznick for the Scarlett casting battle. Star Robert Taylor thought highly of Leigh, and they were reteamed several years later. A-level film boasted a big cast and used quite a few British actors. Besides Taylor (who did his own stunts) and Leigh, film also boasted Lionel Barrymore, Maureen O'Sullivan, Edmund Gwenn, and Griffith Jones (fairly big star in UK). Also C.V. France, Robert Coote, Claude Gillingwater, Tully Marshall, Edward Rigby, and Richard Todd as an extra. Stock footage of Oxford but film was mostly shot as Denham Studios. No idea where the boating scenes were filmed. I didn't recognize anything.

What struck me about the film was that MGM had dusted off the old William Haines formula of braggart goes off to (fill in the blank) where he acts like an a-hole until he gets his comeuppance and rallies the team for a big win and becomes a true hero, In this case, film follows the general plot of Haines' BROWN OF HARVARD minus the homoerotic subtext (sort of) right down to the crewing scenes.

Breezy performance by Robert Taylor in one of his best films.


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