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A Yank at Eton (1942)

Passed | | Comedy, Family | September 1942 (USA)
During World War II, an American boy named Timothy Dennis is unwillingly sent to Eton College in the UK where he is frequently confused by the many differences between the two cultures.


Norman Taurog


George Oppenheimer (story), George Oppenheimer (screenplay) | 2 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Mickey Rooney ... Timothy Dennis
Edmund Gwenn ... Headmaster Justin
Ian Hunter ... Roger Carlton
Freddie Bartholomew ... Peter Carlton
Marta Linden Marta Linden ... Winifred Dennis Carlton
Juanita Quigley ... Jane 'The Runt' Dennis
Alan Mowbray ... Mr. Duncan
Peter Lawford ... Ronnie Kenvil
Raymond Severn ... 'Inky' Weeld


During World War II, an American boy named Timothy Dennis is unwillingly sent to Eton College in the UK where he is frequently confused by the many differences between the two cultures.

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Comedy | Family


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English | Latin

Release Date:

September 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aventuras de un yanki See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Friday 11 October 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Philadelphia Wednesday 22 January 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6), by San Francisco 14 June 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), and by New York City 14 October 1958 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »


Shoots the horse with a pistol and doesn't get a drop of blood on his tuxedo. See more »


References Love Affair (1939) See more »


Happy Birthday to You
(1893) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
Sung a cappella by Mickey Rooney
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Yankee Rooney Dandy
21 March 2010 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Kept back in high school, to possibly improve his football prowess, exuberant Mickey Rooney (as Timothy "Tim" Dennis) is shocked by the appearance of little sister Juanita Quigley (as Jane, "The Runt") in the boys locker room. The adolescent "Baby Jane" has some not-so-swell news - single mom Marta Linden (as Winifred) has just married wealthy British Ian Hunter (as Roger Carlton), and the family is relocating to England. Needless to say, Mr. Rooney is excited, but not about the move; he was hoping to play football at Notre Dame, but finds himself, instead, "A Yank at Eton".

Teenage brother-by-marriage Freddie Bartholomew (as Peter Carlton) shows Rooney the ropes at jolly old Eton, and later becomes involved in the obligatory disciplinary misunderstanding. Bullying young Peter Lawford (as Ronnie Kenvil) provides conflict. Gruff Edmund Gwenn (as Justin) is the headmaster. Adorable little Raymond Severn (as "Inky" Weeld) sends the cute quotient off the charts, especially when paired with Ms. Quigley. This film seems to be a follow-up to "A Yank at Oxford" (1938), with Bartholomew swiped from RKO's "Tom Brown's School Days" (1940).

Terry Kilburn has a bigger part than King Baggot.

There are a few heart-tugging scenes, and an unmistakable wartime message. One of the comedy highlights occurs when most of the featured players eat a cake Rooney makes with glue - it's either awkward, stupid, or funny, depending on your level of appreciation for Mickey Rooney off the MGM production-line. "A Yank at Eton" had all the ingredients needed to keep box offices busy, which it did. Rooney was sitting comfortably at #4 in the Quigley "Top Ten" stars list; he gets a strong supporting cast, top flight crew, and proved formula. Producer John Considine's kid stayed in the picture.

***** A Yank at Eton (10/8/42) Norman Taurog ~ Mickey Rooney, Freddie Bartholomew, Juanita Quigley, Peter Lawford

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