GenreComedy, Romance Produced byWilliam Perlberg LanguageEnglish
WriterGeorge Seaton, Brandon Thomas Release dateAugust 1, 1941 (USA) CastJack Benny (Babbs Babberley), Kay Francis (Donna Lucia d'Alvadorez), James Ellison (Jack Chesney), Anne Baxter (Amy Spettigue), Edmund Gwenn (Stephen Spettigue), Laird Cregar (Sir Francis Chesney) Similar moviesRelated Archie Mayo movies
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Charley's Aunt is a 1941 American historical comedy film directed by Archie Mayo. It stars Jack Benny and Kay Francis. It was the third filmed version of the stage farce of the same name by Brandon Thomas. It remained one of Benny's personal favourites among his own films.
The film was the 8th most popular movie at the US box office in 1941.
In a review contemporary with the film's original release, a critic in The New York Times wrote "when the Benny physiognomy peered impishly from behind a lacy fan, the audience held its sides, and when in the final scene his wig vanished to leave his masculine coiffure stark naked, there was a roar of laughter that must have shaken the Roxy's rococo ceiling".
According to TV Guide, "Jack Benny was never better (with the possible exception of his classic To Be or Not to Be) and carries the film with a top-flight performance. This was his first role of any consequence other than his previous tailor-made parts with radio jokes flying thick and fast around his well-known persona."
The film was promoted on The Jell-o Program, the name for Benny's radio show at the time. The plot of the 18 May 1941 episode sees the cast visit Jack "on-set". One gag sees Benny's contract require him to feed Darryl F. Zanuck's horse.