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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

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 ...
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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Comedy | Romance

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Release Date:

25 February 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Patrizia e il dittatore  »

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Crazy Credits

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

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Political Satire, British-Style
21 September 2013 | by (Tappan, New York) – See all my reviews

This rarely-shown gem of a movie is a great early showcase for both Vivian Lee and Rex Harrison, before either became a famous star. It is also a prime example of a genre of movie that the British do very well and which Hollywood rarely ever touches: political satire. When Hollywood does try this sort of thing it us usually heavy-handed. Not so here. Everything is handled with a light touch, and it's all very "tongue-in-cheek".

Cecil Parker is the pompous and arrogant mayor of a small Scottish town, who is also running for a seat in Parliament (it's the sort of part in which Cecil Parker always excelled). While the mayor is busy being interviewed by a cub reporter on the local newspaper (Rex Harrison), the mayor hasn't time to be bothered with listening to the plea of an impoverished woman (the aptly-named Sara Allgood) whose dog had been impounded by the police for non-payment of it's license fee. Harrison decides to include the incident in his newspaper article, and events snowball from there.

"Storm in a Teacup" is exactly that, so don't expect "All the King's Men", "The Best Man", "Advise and Consent" or "Seven Days in May". However, it is very funny, and well worth a look if it should happen to come around again.


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