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Storm in a Teacup (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 25 February 1938 (USA)
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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Victoria Gow
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Frank Burdon
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Provost William 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
Quinton McPherson ...
Baillie Callender (as Quinton Macpherson)
Arthur Wontner ...
Fiscal
Eliot Makeham ...
Sheriff
George Pughe ...
Menzies
Arthur Seaton ...
Police Sergeant
Cecil Mannering ...
Police Constable
Ivor Barnard ...
Watkins
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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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Tormenta a la vista  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film received its New York City television premiere Sunday 16 July 1950 on WPIX (Channel 11). See more »

Goofs

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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[Played when the Provost enters the hall]
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delightful British comedy
21 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Vivien Leigh, Rex Harrison, Cecil Parker, and Sara Allgood star in "Storm in a Teacup." Parker plays Gow, an arrogant Scotsman running for public office. As he is being interviewed by reporter Frank Burdon(Harrison), he is approached by a local woman (Allgood) who is near hysterics about her dog being put down because she hasn't paid the license. While talking on one side of his mouth stating that he is for the people, Gow roundly throws her out. Affronted, Burdon turns the incident into something akin to what Watergate was in the '70s. Leigh plays his daughter, who just happens to have fallen in love with Burdon.

Excellent acting sparks this fast-moving comedy - in a run of the mill ingénue role, the beautiful Leigh sparkles, and a very young Harrison does a marvelous job as a determined reporter. Parker plays a pompous man with guts beautifully, and Allgood in her usual role as a low-class woman, is great. Kudos to Patsy the dog, who is the storm in the teacup.

Really worth seeing for the very young Leigh and Harrison.


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