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Charley's Aunt (1925 film)

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Charley's Aunt
Directed byScott Sidney
Produced byAl Christie
Written byJoseph Farnham
F. McGrew Willis
Based onCharley's Aunt
by Brandon Thomas
StarringSyd Chaplin
Ethel Shannon
Lucien Littlefield
Music byDavid Drazin
CinematographyPaul Garnett
Gus Peterson
Christie Film Company
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • February 8, 1925 (1925-02-08)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)
Box office$556,529 (by December 1926)[1]

Charley's Aunt is a 1925 American silent comedy film directed by Scott Sidney and starring Syd Chaplin, Ethel Shannon, and Lucien Littlefield.[2] It was one of a handful of leading roles for Syd Chaplin, older brother of the more famous Charlie.[3]

It is an adaptation of Brandon Thomas' 1892 farce of the same name about an Oxford University student who dresses up as a woman to fool a visitor. One of several film versions of the play, it was adapted again by Columbia Pictures as a sound film in 1930. The film was a commercial success, grossing over half a million dollars. It was popular in Germany, where it released by the leading film company UFA.



Copies of Charley's Aunt are located in several film archives including the BFI National Archive, George Eastman Museum Motion Picture Collection, and Academy Film Archive.[4]



  • Donald W. McCaffrey & Christopher P. Jacobs. Guide to the Silent Years of American Cinema. Greenwood Publishing, 1999.
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