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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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Early Chapter Of Vivien Leigh's Film Portfolio Is In Substance A Pre-Ealing Production, Albeit With Strong Elements Providing Strong General Interest. See more (15 total) »


  (in credits order)

Vivien Leigh ... Victoria 'Vickie' Gow

Rex Harrison ... Frank Burdon
Cecil Parker ... Provost William 'Willie' Gow

Sara Allgood ... Honoria 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 ... Procurator Fiscal
Eliot Makeham ... Sheriff
George Pughe ... Menzies
Arthur Seaton ... Police Sergeant
Cecil Mannering ... Police Constable
Ivor Barnard ... Watkins
Cyril Smith ... Councillor
W.G. Fay ... Michael Cassidy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stuart Hibberd ... News Reader
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) | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Continuity: During the initial interview, Frank switches back and forth from holding his notepad to leaning on a table.See more »
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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Early Chapter Of Vivien Leigh's Film Portfolio Is In Substance A Pre-Ealing Production, Albeit With Strong Elements Providing Strong General Interest., 3 December 2007
Author: rsoonsa ( from Mountain Mesa, California

Widowed Mrs. Hegarty (Sara Allgood), ice cream peddler residing in a fictive West Scottish coast village, Baikie, has as sole companion her dog Patsy, but after she neglects to pay an annual canine licensing fee, the Provost (Mayor) of Baikie, William Gow (Cecil Parker) commands that the animal be dispatched, thereby inciting the titular tempest, for which a young English journalist is largely responsible. He is Frank Burdon (Rex Harrison), recently arrived in Baikie to begin employment with its newspaper. "The Advertiser", and it is Frank's willfulness that brings trouble upon himself as well as for others. In spite of romantic mutual attraction between Frank and Gow's daughter Victoria (Vivien Leigh), the dauntless reporter is well pleased to find a strong human interest slant within Mrs. Hegarty's plight and composes a story that immediately is spread throughout Scotland, therewith effectively putting an end to Gow's political ambitions, as he was preparing to stand for a parliamentary post, an aspiration that has apparently gone a-glimmering due to the Patsy affair, with the Provost moved to exact redress from Burdon by suing him for slander, an action that summons the probability of a final break between Frank and Vickie Gow. The film is constructed upon a play, "Storm Over Patsy", written in 1930 by German expatriate to the United States Bruno Frank, who settled in Hollywood as a screenwriter. It was rephrased for its exhibition upon the American stage by Glaswegian James Bridie and mounted with a good deal of success during 1936 and 1937 upon Broadway, the production generally featuring vocative Allgood in addition to Leo G. Carroll as Willie Gow. The provincial complexion of Baikie is more clearly rendered upon the screen than the boards, and fortunately Alexander Korda supplies adequate funding to furnish what he intends as a "small" film with significant numbers of extras along with a gaily embellished mise-en-scène. A contemporaneous review of the picture by producer/director/critic Basil Wright, published in The Spectator, expanded the amiable film's popularity, and it has retained a following because of its colourful scenes and characters, but a viewer will make note as well of superb costuming and, as must be expected, a superior performance by Parker who handily annexes the acting laurels here.

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