A Chump at Oxford

Synopsis: With Stan in drag, the boys get jobs as a butler and maid for a dinner party at the Vandevere's. After that ends in disaster, they're reduced to sweeping streets, and accidentally capture a bank robber. The grateful bank president sends them to Oxford for a proper education. There they become victims of student pranks, getting lost in the Maze and taking over the Dean's quarters as their own. But then a knock on the head gets Stan to believing he's the famed Lord Paddington, scholar and athlete extraordinaire. Suddenly erudite and supercilious, he retains Oliver as his valet, "Fatty."
Genre: Comedy
Director(s): Alfred J. Goulding
Production: United Artists
62 min

You'll have to get out here, fellas.

Thanks for the lift.


- How about a lift, mister?

- Sure, jump on the back.

Thank you.

Are you all set?

OK, let her go.

What's the big idea?

What's the matter? Can't you take a joke?

Get back on, I was only kiddin'.

Well, it's a good thing you apologised.

- We sure did told him off, didn't I?

- Yeah.

This is it, fellas.

Thank you very much.


What happened?

- Good morning.

- What can I do for you?

- Why, we'd like a job.

- What kind of employment do you prefer?

Anything you got, missus. We're down

to our last six bucks, aren't we, Ollie?

Well, kindly be seated,

I'll talk to you in a little while.


Yes, Sterling Employment Agency.



Oh, yes, I understand.

Good morning, Mrs Vandevere.

I'm in a terrible predicament.

I'm giving a party tonight

and my maid and butler have left me.

Could you send me a couple?

I haven't any on the list but I'll see

what I can do. A single or married couple?

- 'I'd prefer a married couple. '

- All right, I'll do my best.


Too bad you wasn't a woman,

that'd be a swell job for us.

Pardon me, but did I hear you say

you were looking for a maid and butler?

- Yes, do you know of anyone?

- I know the perfect couple.

- Are they available?

- I can get them right away, if not sooner.

I'd appreciate it very much if you'd have

them go to this address immediately.

Come, Stanley.

- Goodbye.

- Bye.


What's the idea?

We don't know any couple, do I?

You don't but I do.

Is that so?

Ah, very nice, my dear!

It's wonderful what you can do

when you have to.

Thank you, baldy, you're such a dear.

Er, what's the latest

on the maid and butler situation?

I haven't heard a thing

and I'm terribly worried.

Don't you worry. If the worst comes

to the worst, you can serve a buffet.

Oh, excuse me.

Are you the head butler?

I am Mr Vandevere.

Oh. We are from the employment agency.

Oh, yes.

We're the best they could do

at the last moment.

So I can see.

Well, come right in.

Thank you. Come, dear.

This way.

Oh, darling, this is the new maid and butler.

- Mrs Vandevere.

- How do you do, ma'am?

What a strange-looking person.

What do you expect on a few hours' notice?

If you'd have gone to the trouble we did

to get us the job...

What he means... SHE means is that this is

the best they could do upon short notice.

Never mind, dear.

Any old port in a storm, you know.

I suppose you're right. Call Pierre.

- What's your name?

- Er, my name is Ollie

and this is Agnes.

A slight accident.

Did you ring, madame?

Yes, Pierre.

This is the new maid and butler.

Show them to their quarters

and explain their duties.

Yes, madame.

Come, dear.

This way.

Well, well, well.

No, thank you.

No, thank you.

They're good.

No, thank you.


There's everything from soup to nuts, folks.

Come and get it!

What do I do now?

You can take these cocktails.

- What, all of them?

- Certainly!

See if you can do that without spilling them.

OK, boys, siddown.

Now, don't nobody eat till Mrs Vandevere

gets here. She went to change her dress.

Well, kid, how does she look?

Well, folks, the joke's on me!

I've got you all seated wrong -

the old guy wants you all mixed up.

I'll fix it. Say, you.

- Me?

- You come here. Bring your eats with you.

And you go over there.

Take your eats with you.

It's all right, don't get excited. I'll fix it.

You go over there. Take your eats with you.

You go over there

and take your food with you.

You go over there, take your food.

You come over here, and you go over there.

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Charley Rogers

Charley Rogers (15 January 1887 – 20 December 1956) was an English film actor, director and screenwriter, best known for his association with Laurel and Hardy. He appeared in 37 films between 1912 and 1954. He also directed 14 films between 1929 and 1936. He was born in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England and died in Los Angeles, California, USA, following injuries sustained in an automobile accident. more…

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