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Charley's Aunt (1941) was a Comedy - Romance Film directed by Archie Mayo and produced by William Perlberg.


This film,, is performed hilariously by comedic master Benny playing Babbs, an Oxford student. When two of Benny's schoolmates need aid in wooing two young women, he comes to the rescue. Taking on the persona of a Brazilian aunt to one of the young men, he serves as chaperone for the two couples. Benny finds himself up to his wig in trouble, however, when he begins to attract the affections of a gigolo and the guardian of the two young women. Breakneck pacing and superbly funny performances highlight this film version of Brandon Thomas's 19th-century play.

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Babbs Babberley: I'm Charley's aunt from Brazil--where the nuts come from.

Babbs Babberley: I'm Charley's nut from Brazil where the aunts come from.

Babbs Babberley: Say, I wonder if he can sue me for breach of promise.

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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."
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