September 20, 2012, @ 8:00 pm
(Alfred Goulding, US 1940, 63 min., 16mm)
Class Clowns. Bumbling street sweepers Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy inadvertently foil a bank robbery and are rewarded with full-ride scholarships to Oxford. Hazed by know-it-all Brits, the boys simply aren’t cut out for the contemplative life — at least not until a window cracks Stan’s cranium and awakens a brilliant scholarly alter ego. Soon Ollie finds himself demoted to “Lord Paddington’s” valet. An uproarious comedy that lovingly revisits many classic Laurel and Hardy routines, A Chump at Oxford delivers a much-needed riposte to academic stuffiness.