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Bruno Frank (play)
James Bridie (Anglo-Scottish version)
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Release Date:
25 February 1938 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Vivien Leigh ... Victoria

Rex Harrison ... Frank Burdon
Cecil Parker ... Provost

Sara Allgood ... Mrs. Hegarty

Ursula Jeans ... 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
Cyril Smith ... Councillor
W.G. Fay ... Cassidy
Scruffy ... Patsy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stuart Hibberd ... News Reader (uncredited)
Mervyn Johns ... Court Bailiff (uncredited)
Ernest Roberts ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Directed by
Ian Dalrymple 
Victor Saville 
Writing credits
Bruno Frank (play "Sturm im Wasserglas")

James Bridie (Anglo-Scottish version)

Ian Dalrymple  &
Donald Bull 

Produced by
Stanley Haynes .... associate producer
Alexander Korda .... executive producer
Victor Saville .... producer
Original Music by
Frederick Lewis  (as Frederic Lewis)
Cinematography by
Mutz Greenbaum 
Film Editing by
Cyril Randell 
Hugh Stewart 
Set Decoration by
Andrej Andrejew  (as Andre Andrejew)
Production Management
Dora Wright .... production manager (as D. Wright)
Sound Department
Charles Tasto .... sound recordist
A.W. Watkins .... sound director
Special Effects by
Edward Cohen .... special effects cinematographer (as Eddie Cohen)
Ned Mann .... special effects director
Visual Effects by
W. Percy Day .... matte painter (uncredited)
Peter Ellenshaw .... assistant matte artist (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
D. Gallai-Hatchard .... camera operator (as Gallai Hatchard)
Editorial Department
William Hornbeck .... supervising editor (as W. Hornbeck)
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... musical director
Roy Douglas .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Lionel Salter .... orchestrator (uncredited)

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87 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Australia:G | Canada:G (Ontario) | UK:U | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Very Amusing Indeed, 8 January 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

I agree with the previous reviewer that this British film is an attempt by them to produce a Frank Capra like populist comedy. Certainly Cecil Parker as the town provost could easily have fit into a Capra film, a Mr. Potter from Scotland. Rex Harrison could easily be James Stewart, standing up for good.

Cecil Parker is the provost (Mayor?) of a small Scottish town called Baikie way in the rural north. Parker's an efficient manager who's come to the attention of party bigwigs who want to run him in a bi-election for an open seat in Parliament.

Parker is also a fatuous, arrogant oaf with the public relations sense of an ostrich. While being interviewed by reporter Rex Harrison, Sara Allgood who's a poor widow who can't afford the money for a dog license has her dog taken by Parker's police to be put to death as a stray. As she's begging, he throws her into the street.

Harrison who was going to do a puff piece as we would now call it, is outraged enough to write what occurred.

Complicating things is the fact that Harrison's fallen big time for Parker's daughter, Vivien Leigh. This was an early film for both and the megastardom that was destined for both is apparent.

Of course being the oaf he is with his ego out of joint, Parker keeps escalating this storm in a teacup until it's a nationwide issue. But the ending couldn't have been better done by Frank Capra himself.

Lots of laughs in this one and check out the scene where the dogs invade Parker's house. Could have been done as a short subject in and of itself.

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