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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 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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Here's The Yankee Clipper Himself ! A two-fisted terror from the States . . . who landed in England with a chip on his shoulder . . . but let a blue-eyed beauty walk off with his heart ! Bob Taylor's Biggest Picture Hit ! 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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The first feature film of Jon Pertwee. See more »

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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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The Ugly American Learns About Proper Form
3 January 2016 | by atlasmbSee all my reviews

Robert Taylor plays the main character, Lee Sheridan, in this tale of an American who attends Oxford University. Lee is a talented athlete and he lacks no confidence, thanks, in part, to his father (Lionel Barrymore), who owns the town newspaper and trumpets Lee's exploits on the gridiron and the cinder track.

When Lee travels to Oxford, he makes an impression before he even arrives at the school, thanks to his colossal arrogance. The Brits like their heroes humble and they let him know it. But eventually he settles in and comes to cherish the school and its traditions. It doesn't hurt that he meets the beautiful Molly Beaumont (Maureen O'Sullivan). The wonderful cast also includes Vivien Leigh and Edmund Gwenn.

This fish out of water story is charming, if conventional. Taylor is fairly convincing as an athlete. With a broad, All-American smile, he has a presence that might remind one of Hubble (Robert Redforfd) in "The Way We Were", but without his self-deprecation.


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