Charley's Aunt

Charley's Aunt

Director: Archie Mayo Cast: Jack Benny, Kay Francis, Anne Baxter

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Jack Benny brings his own distinctive touch to Brandon Thomas' venerable (and oft-filmed) stage farce Charley's Aunt. Utilizing a gloriously unconvincing broad-A English accent, Benny is cast as Lord Fancourt Babberly, a somewhat overaged undergraduate at Oxford University. Babbs' roommates Jack Chesney (James Ellison) and Charley Wyckeham (Richard Haydn, in his film debut) are desirous of inviting their lady friends Kitty Verdun (Arleen Whelan) and Amy Spettigue (Anne Baxter) to their quarters, but first they must secure the services of a proper escort. When Charley's aunt Donna Lucia D'Alvadorez (Kay Francis) is detained, Jack and Charley coerce Babbs, who has dressed up as an old lady for a school play, to pose as the absent Donna Lucia. The fun really begins when, for reasons far too complicated to detail here, both Jack's father Sir Francis Chesney (Laird Cregar) and Amy's uncle Stephen Spettigue (Edmund Gwenn) romantically pursue the bogus aunt. The third-act arrival of the real Donna Lucia only adds to the comic confusion-but at least poor Babbs has finally found a lady friend closer to his own age. The female-impersonation angle in Charley's Aunt has been known to descend into vulgarity, but Jack Benny remains both hilarious and tasteful throughout. Understandably, the film was one of Benny's favorites.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/12/2007
UPC: 0024543440642
Original Release: 1941
Rating: NR
Source: 20th Century Fox
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:22:00
Sales rank: 37,731

Special Features

Commentary with film historian Randy Skretvedt; "Three of a Kind" - Charlie's Aunt promotional short; Still gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jack Benny Babbs Babberley, Lord Fancourt
Kay Francis Donna Lucia
Anne Baxter Amy Spettigue
Edmund Gwenn Stephen Spettigue
Richard Haydn Charles Wyckham
James Ellison Jack Chesney
Reginald Owen Redcliff
Laird Cregar Sir Francis Chesney
Arleen Whelan Kitty Verdun
Ernest Cossart Brassett
Morton Lowry Harley Stafford
Lionel Pape Bobberly
Will Stanton Messenger
Claud Allister Spectator
William Austin Spectator
Maurice Cass Octogenarian
Brandon Hurst Umpire
C. Montague Shaw Elderly Man
Gilchrist Stuart Actor
John Meredith Teammate
Basil Walker Student
Herbert Gunn Student

Technical Credits
Archie Mayo Director
Travis Banton Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Bischoff Editor
Richard Day Art Director
Nathan Juran Art Director
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
J. Peverell Marley Cinematographer
Alfred Newman Score Composer
William Perlberg Producer
George Seaton Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Charley's Aunt
1. Main Titles/Cricket Match [3:57]
2. Tea Time [2:51]
3. Where's My Tie? [3:55]
4. Expelled [2:18]
5. Dilemma [1:22]
6. Loveless Marriage [7:06]
7. Aunt Babbs [6:47]
8. Mr. Spettigue [2:12]
9. Where the Nuts Come From [5:00]
10. Courtship [3:47]
11. Marriage Proposal [4:39]
12. Bearded Lady [6:21]
13. True Love [6:59]
14. Mrs. Smythe [2:31]
15. Jumping for Joy [2:29]
16. Charming Encounter [2:54]
17. Bursting at the Seams [3:04]
18. Racy Story [2:20]
19. Anything You Like [1:45]
20. Blowing Smoke [2:05]
21. A Long Story [1:55]
22. One Little Kiss [2:48]
23. Duped [1:19]
24. Charley's Aunt/End Titles [1:07]

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Charley's Aunt 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Flamengo More than 1 year ago
This movie is one I hadn't heard of and it promised to be an exciting farce with Jack Benny playing a part in drag. It was not as good as I had expected. Benny plays the part but mostly from a straight angle and doesn't get into any of his campy routines he became famous for. Most of the gags are simply ones that would be expected in a movie where someone is impersonating an old lady. And they are tired and not at all funny. Now I know why I hadn't heard about this movie. I think Haunted Honeymoon is a tad dopey, but it has this movie beat hands down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago