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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
Quentin McPhearson ...
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

During the initial interview, Frank switches back and forth from holding his notepad to leaning on a table. See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

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

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Two Hearts in the Night
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Music by Lionel Salter
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Terrific.
10 November 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

When a young reporter, Frank Burdon (Rex Harrison), is given an assignment to interview a rather nasty and self-important local politician, it turns out to be very unpleasant. Although Provost Gow (Cecil Parker)* wants to run for parliament, he does a horrible job of impressing the reporter. This is because during the interview, Gow and Burden are interrupted by a local woman (Sara Allgood) who is begging the Provost to help her. Instead of helping, Provost Gow is completely unsympathetic and cruel--and vows to have the old lady's dog put to sleep!! Burdon is horrified and angry--how dare this local political boss mistreat his constituents like this! So he does what any honest reporter would do--he publishes the truth! This is a serious problem, though, as the paper was backing the Provost AND the Provost wasn't about to back down. Another problem is that Burdon soon falls in love with the Provost's daughter (Vivian Leigh)--and this relationship is surely doomed! This is a delightful film--sort of like a droll and British version of a screwball comedy. The dialog is GREAT and Harrison is at his best. It also helped that Cecil Parker was WONDERFUL as the buffoon politician. All in all, a great little film.

*Speaking of Parker, he looked, sounded and acted almost exactly like David Horton (David Waldhorn). The likeness of the two characters is amazing.


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