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Storm in a Teacup (1937)

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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:
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Victoria 'Vickie' Gow
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Frank Burdon
Cecil Parker ...
Provost William 'Willie' Gow
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Honoria Hegarty
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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 ...
Procurator Fiscal
Eliot Makeham ...
Sheriff
George Pughe ...
Menzies
Arthur Seaton ...
Police Sergeant
Cecil Mannering ...
Police Constable
Ivor Barnard ...
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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

Patrizia e il dittatore  »

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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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Version of Storm in a Water Glass (1931) See more »

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Wonderful British comedy with a great cast
3 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The provost (mayor?) of a small town in Scotland is an arrogant petty tyrant who is adamant that a poor woman's dog be put down because she can't afford the license fee. The woman, Mrs Heggaty, goes to the provost's house to beg for her dog's life. Even when Provost Gow's daughter offers to pay the fee and fines, he says no because it's a matter of principle and throws Mrs. Heggaty out of the house. A reporter who has newly arrived to the town ( and who also has fallen for the provost's daughter) observes this and later writes a scathing news article about this resulting in the town's people getting in an uproar. The article also gets national attention which puts a halt to the provost's higher political ambitions. The provost is livid and has the reporter arrested for slander. Memorable scenes include the provost, calmly and with great dignity walking a gauntlet of angry and derisive townspeople and the scene when seemingly hundreds of dogs run rampant through the provost's house. One of the funniest scenes occurs at the reporter's trial. An Irish maid, who is prone to using American slang, is testifying and at one point says to the prosecuting attorney "Sez you." The judge asks for an explanation of the term and the attorney give a lengthy, pedantic, and accurate definition of the term. The judge responds with an "Oh, yeah." Rex Harrison and Vivien Leigh were very good but it's Cecil Parker as the provost who gives the most notable performance (well, he did have the meatiest role). Sara Allgood also does a nice job as the distraught Mrs. Heggaty who so loves her dog, Patsy. This is a heart warming and delightful film.


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