- article: Jolly Old Sports: English Character, Comedy, and Cricket in The Lady Vanishes
- author(s): Gregory O. Smith
- journal: Film & History (2012)
- issue: volume 42, issue 2, pages 55-70
- journal ISSN: 0360-3695
- publisher: Center for the Study of Film and History
- keywords: "Alfred Hitchcock: Interviews" - edited by Sidney Gottlieb, "English Hitchcock" - by Charles Barr, Hitchcock and 20th Century Cinema (2005) by John Orr, "The Dark Side of Genius: The Life of Alfred Hitchcock" - by Donald Spoto, Alfred Hitchcock, Basil Radford, Boys, Charles Barr, Cricket, Criticism and interpretation, Crook's Tour (1941), Dame May Whitty, Die Prinzessin und der Geiger (1925), Donald Spoto, Erich Pommer, Filmmakers, Frank Launder, Gainsborough Pictures, Graham Fuller, Ina Rae Hark, Jeffrey Richards, John Orr, MacGuffin, Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, Motion picture criticism, Motion picture industry, Naunton Wayne, New York City, New York, Night Train to Munich (1940), Public schools, Sidney Gilliat, The 39 Steps (1935), The Lady Vanishes (1938), Works
In the U. K., the public schools are actually private establishments with only limited state funding.2 Prior to reforms following World War II, the great public schools like Rugby, Winchester, Eton (and Caldicott and Charters' own Repton and Marlborough) typically boarded upper- and upper-middle class boys, often at great financial expense for the parents, during adolescence (ages 13-18 or so). (According to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, "Legend has it that Winston was academically a bit of a dunce" and "the schoolboy Winston was a courageous individualist who flouted the rules and got into scrapes.