A Yank at Eton

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A Yank at Eton
A Yank at Eton FilmPoster.jpeg
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Directed byNorman Taurog
Produced byJohn W. Considine Jr.
Written byGeorge Oppenheimer
Thomas Phipps
Lionel Houser
StarringMickey Rooney
Ian Hunter
Peter Lawford
Music byBronislau Kaper
CinematographyKarl Freund
Charles Lawton Jr.
Edited byAlbert Akst
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • 1942 (1942)
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited States
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. It tells the tale of a cocky youth (Rooney) unwillingly moved from an American school to Britain, where he is sent to attend the elite Eton College.[2] With the United Kingdom at war, all of the movie was filmed in the United States, not at Eton.

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, particularly against the traditional practices of fagging and physical hazing inflicted at Eton on the lower boys by the uppers. The film caricatures Etonian manners and behavior as snobbish and stuffy, but in due course Rooney's character 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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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][3]


  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.
  3. ^ "101 Pix Gross in Millions". Variety. 6 January 1943. p. 58

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