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After a night of drunken revelry, Oxford student and prankster Arthur Linden-Jones is confined to school grounds. That evening, Arthur has the lead in the Victorian farce "Charley's Aunt." Not wanting to loose the profit from ticket sales, Arthur sneaks off campus. His escapades find him and his friends, Burton and Brown, in even deeper trouble. Appealing to their Dean's interest in Egypt, they create a story about Brown's philanthropic aunt being an Egyptologist. When the Dean requests a meeting with the lady, Arthur puts on a dress and becomes "Aunt Lucy."Written by
Developing the identity mix-ups of the original Charley's Aunt stage play, this film provides a vehicle for several British pre-war comedy performances.
Arthur Askey is in the key role, supported by Richard (Stinker) Murdoch, and Graham Moffat and Moore Marriott (both better known as support for Will Hay, and in this film respectively 21 and 55 years old, can you believe that?) and Felix Aylmer. The rate of change of humour was pretty slow in those days and every one of them seems to us now to be playing parodies of themselves, but it was cutting edge stuff during the second year of WW2.
Askey (40 when the film was released) plays a fun-loving Oxford University undergraduate. Having played Charley's Aunt in drag on stage in a play within the film, he has to play a female drag role more seriously to avoid expulsion for him and his friends for a disciplinary offence.
Seriously intricate situations arise, including his being taken into the women's changing rooms at an athletic club; in 1940 there was little bare flesh on view but the scene was still daring. Shortly afterwards, the lady whom he is impersonating turns up, and things rapidly degenerate.
Foolish nonsense that hasn't stood the test of time too well, but good archive material for the enthusiast.
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