A Yank at Eton

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  • Passed
  • 1942
  • 1 hr 28 min
  • 6.1  (463)

"A Yank at Eton" is a classic American comedy-drama film released in 1942. The movie stars Mickey Rooney, Edmund Gwenn, Ian Hunter and many other talented actors. Directed by Norman Taurog, the film follows the story of an American teenager, named Timothy Dennis (Mickey Rooney), who is sent to a prestigious boarding school in England called Eton College.

The movie begins with Timothy Dennis attending a local American high school. One day, he receives a letter from his wealthy English grandfather, inviting him to attend Eton College in the United Kingdom. Timothy, eager to leave his dull routine behind, accepts the offer and heads to England. However, when he arrives at Eton, he finds that he's completely out of place. The unfamiliar surroundings and traditions of the school make him feel like a fish out of water. Furthermore, he is mocked by his classmates for his lack of understanding of their customs.

Despite the difficulties, Timothy strives to fit into Eton life. He begins to make friends with some of his classmates, such as the kind-hearted and intelligent Ronnie Drexel (Peter Lawford). Along the way, he also forms a close bond with his housemaster (Edmund Gwenn), who teaches him about the values that are important to Eton students. With the support of his newfound friends and mentors, Timothy starts to excel academically and mentally.

However, Timothy soon finds himself in a difficult position when he discovers that his grandfather has been cheating and swindling people, including his father. Timothy is torn between his allegiance to his grandfather and his sense of right and wrong. With the help of his friends and housemaster, Timothy is faced with a moral dilemma as he tries to do the right thing.

The movie showcases the wonderful scenery and traditions of Eton College, demonstrating how it operates as an educational institution. Audiences will marvel at the curriculum of the school, which places a strong emphasis on discipline, honor, social duty, and academic excellence. Along with its splendid scenes, the movie displays a strong storyline that delivers its message excellently. Its ultimate message is that no matter how different people may seem from one another, with understanding and respect, anything is possible.

Mickey Rooney delivers a particularly strong performance, as he captures the initial disdain and agitation of somebody who feels out of place in the unfamiliar setting. Timothy quickly transforms from a pest eager to adopt American customs to a less flashy but earnest student who understands the importance of humbling himself and assimilating. Ian Hunter, as the Eton professor, Mr. Sheridan, and Peter Lawford as Ronnie Drexel, Timothy's closest friend at Eton both deliver solid performances as the strong supportive figures that Timothy needs for his journey.

In conclusion, "A Yank at Eton" is an entertaining and inspiring film that puts on display the culture and daily lives of educated individuals from different countries. The film correlates the differences between American and British traditions and characters in the plot development to highlight the importance of incorporating different beliefs and mindsets. The storyline wraps the movie as the admirable values of discipline, loyalty, and honor, will have audiences appreciating the true importance of a nice support system with individuals who care about their well-being. “A Yank at Eton” is a movie that will delight fans of the ’40s, Mickey Rooney fans, or fans of movies that convey strong values and morals.

A Yank at Eton is a 1942 kids & family movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 28 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.1.

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  • Release Date
    1942
  • MPAA Rating
    Passed
  • Runtime
    1 hr 28 min
  • Language
    English
  • IMDB Rating
    6.1  (463)