This first British production for MGM was also the film that revived Robert Taylor's career. Lee Sheridan (Taylor), a college track star and the brash son of a small-town newspaper publisher (Lionel Barrymore), is sent to Oxford after a dean gets him into the prestigious university. He
arrives at Oxford convinced he'll show these Brits a thing or two, but he's soon taken down several pegs. Lee becomes enamored of Molly Beaumont (Maureen O'Sullivan), who unfortunately turns out to be the sister of one of his biggest rivals. Gradually, Lee becomes more accepting of Oxford
traditions, and his popularity grows as he and his British friends learn mutual tolerance. A YANK AT OXFORD is an enjoyable feature, played with good spirit by Taylor and the rest of the cast. Appearing as a young English vamp is Vivien Leigh, just a year before her big success in GONE WITH THE
WIND. The screenplay passed among several writers, finally ending with F. Scott Fitzgerald, who was then working as an MGM screenwriter. Fitzgerald was assigned to polish the screenplay, taking about three weeks to complete the job, but despite his work he received no screen credit. A sequel of
sorts, A YANK AT ETON, was made in 1942 with Mickey Rooney, and a dismal 1984 remake, OXFORD BLUES, featured Rob Lowe in Taylor's part.
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