Charley's Aunt (1941 film)

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Charley's Aunt
"Charley's Aunt" (1941).jpg
Directed by Archie Mayo
Produced by William Perlberg
Written by George Seaton
Brandon Thomas (original play)
Starring Jack Benny
Kay Francis
James Ellison
Music by Alfred Newman
Cinematography J. Peverell Marley
Edited by Robert Bischoff
Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Release date
August 1, 1941 (USA)
Running time
80 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Charley's Aunt is a 1941 American historical comedy film directed by Archie Mayo. It stars Jack Benny and Kay Francis. It was the third filmed version of the stage farce of the same name by Brandon Thomas. It remained one of Benny's personal favourites among his own films. [1][2][3]



The film was the 8th most popular movie at the US box office in 1941.[4]

  • TV Guide wrote "Jack Benny was never better (with the possible exception of his classic To Be or Not to Be) and carries the film with a top-flight performance. This was his first role of any consequence other than his previous tailor-made parts with radio jokes flying thick and fast around his well-known persona." [2]
  • The New York Times wrote "when the Benny physiognomy peered impishly from behind a lacy fan, the audience held its sides, and when in the final scene his wig vanished to leave his masculine coiffure stark naked, there was a roar of laughter that must have shaken the Roxy's rococo ceiling." [5]

The film was promoted on The Jell-o Program, the name for Benny's radio show at the time. The plot of the 18 May 1941 episode sees the cast visit Jack "on-set". One gag sees Benny's contract require him to feed Darryl F. Zanuck's horse.


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-01-19. Retrieved 2011-05-21. 
  2. ^ a b "Charley's Aunt Review". Retrieved 2014-04-08. 
  3. ^ "Charley's Aunt (1941) - Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast". AllMovie. Retrieved 2014-04-08. 
  4. ^ FILM MONEY-MAKERS SELECTED BY VARIETY: ' Sergeant York' Top Picture, Gary Cooper Leading Star New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 31 Dec 1941: 21.
  5. ^ T.S. (1941-08-02). "Movie Review - Charley s Aunt - Jack Benny, in Shawl and Crinoline, Trips Through the Revival of 'Charley's Aunt' at the Roxy". Retrieved 2014-04-08. 

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