A Yank at Eton

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A Yank at Eton
A Yank at Eton FilmPoster.jpeg
Lobby card
Directed by Norman Taurog
Produced by John W. Considine Jr.
Written by George Oppenheimer
Thomas Phipps
Lionel Houser
Starring Mickey Rooney
Ian Hunter
Peter Lawford
Music by Bronislau Kaper
Cinematography Karl Freund
Charles Lawton Jr.
Editing by Albert Akst
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
  • 1942 (1942)
Running time 88 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $751,000[1]
Box office $2,677,000[1]

A Yank at Eton is an American comedy/drama film. It was the 1942 sequel to the 1938 A Yank at Oxford. All of it was filmed in the United States and none of it at Eton. It tells the tale of a rich, wild, cocky youth (Rooney) from an elite American school who has to move to England, where he attends the elite Eton College.[2]

Much of the storyline relates to the misunderstandings arising from differences between the two countries' cultures, customs and language. At first these cause the boy anger and confusion and the film caricatures English manners and behavior as snobbish and stuffy. But in due course he settles down, stops being rebellious and comes to realize that, beneath the different habits and views, "Yanks" and "Limeys" have basic values in common and can get along when they have to.

The propaganda intent, as U.S. troops poured into the U.K. to join World War II in 1942, was evidently to show that Americans and Britons could set aside their superficial differences and pull together in the common cause of the war effort.

The film has the Eton boating song as its theme tune (played at a faster tempo than usual), though no boating is shown in the film.

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The movie was very popular: according to MGM records it earned $1,542,000 in the US and Canada and $1,135,000 elsewhere, giving the studio a profit of $1,101,000.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .
  2. ^ John Walker (ed.), Halliwell's Film & Video Guide, HarperCollins, 2000.

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