Storm in a Teacup (1937)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  25 February 1938 (USA)
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A local politician in Scotland tries to break the reporter who wrote a negative story about him, and who is also in love with his daughter.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Victoria Gow
Frank Burdon
Cecil Parker ...
Provost William Gow
Honoria Hegarty
Lisbet Skirving
Gus McNaughton ...
Horace Skirving
Edgar K. Bruce ...
McKellar (as Edgar Bruce)
Robert Hale ...
Lord Skerryvore
Quentin McPhearson ...
Baillie Callender (as Quinton Macpherson)
Arthur Wontner ...
Eliot Makeham ...
George Pughe ...
Arthur Seaton ...
Police Sergeant
Cecil Mannering ...
Police Constable
Ivor Barnard ...


Frank Burdon is a new reporter on a small-town Scottish paper. He's told to interview local politician William Gow, then left in charge of the paper overnight. He sees Gow being high-handed to a woman who can't afford to license her dog, and decides to run that story instead of the expected puff piece. Both are decent men, but a little too proud to back down, and the battle escalates into a criminal case... but at the same time, Burdon and Gow's daughter Victoria are falling in love. Written by Anonymous

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25 February 1938 (USA)  »

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Tormenta a la vista  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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When Frank uses the embossing machine, he seems to be producing gibberish: we see him selecting the first few letters as PMJG, and just after that he makes a double letter. But when we see the tape, it isn't gibberish and there's no double letter in it. See more »

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In keeping with the Scottish setting, the opening credits are shown on various Scottish plaids. See more »


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An apparent piece of froth hides a satire of Hitler
11 December 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Why isn't this excellent comedy better known? More to the point, why is it so consistently misinterpreted? Most commentators view it as an amusing piece of froth about the provost of a small Scottish town (Cecil Parker) ordering that a dog be put down because its owner cannot pay for its licence. There's Vivien Leigh as the provost's daughter and Rex Harrison on top form as the journalist who makes the silly story national news. It's all very funny and delightfully played by all concerned. But underlying this story (adapted from a German play by James Bridie) is a subtle satire of dictatorship as was then current in Germany and Italy. Parker's role is very clearly based on Hitler, a times quite unsettlingly so, and it is in the bold but successfully intermingling of whimsy with dictatorial manners that the film gains its particular power. Cute it may seem to be, but Victor Saville was a wise and quite a subversive soul, and you'll find few other films from this period that so ably blend the dark with the light. Take a look at it again and see what I mean!

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