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Thunder in the City (1937)

A visiting American engages in a bold business promotion, the likes of which the British have not seen.



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Complete credited cast:
The Duke
The Duchess
Lady Patricia
Arthur Wontner ...
Sir Peter
Annie Esmond ...
Lady Challoner
Cyril Raymond ...
Elizabeth Inglis ...
James Carew ...
Everley Gregg ...
Donald Calthrop ...
Dr. Plumet
Nancy Burne ...
Billy Bray ...
Bill (as Charles 'Billy' Bray)


Dan comes to England to learn more sedate business practices. While there he becomes involved in a scheme to exploit mangalite mines in Rhodesia. He and Manningdale become rivals for Patricia. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Release Date:

22 April 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Egy amerikai Londonban  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Wide Range Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film received its earliest documented telecasts 31 July 1944 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1), and in Los Angeles Sunday 2 November 1947 on the West Coast's pioneer television station KTLA (Channel 5). See more »


Lady Challoner: I can't imagine what's got into you two children
James: Boredom, Mother darling. Bored with this place, bored with not having any money, bored with you and father and bored with ourselves
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Auld Lang Syne
Lyrics by Robert Burns
Sung by the stockholders at the end
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Madison Avenue Comes To Piccadilly
1 August 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In the middle of one of his disputes with the Brothers Warner, Edward G. Robinson went over to the United Kingdom to make this feature about a fast talking promoter who essentially inflates the value of some mining stock to get more money for the owner who is being squeezed by a tough minded businessman in the purchasing negotiations. The owners are Nigel Bruce and Constance Collier and the businessman is Ralph Richardson in one of his early screen roles.

The role Robinson is playing is one Pat O'Brien probably would have been better suited for, it's the kind of fast talking ballyhoo artist that O'Brien did in his sleep. Bruce and Collier are fine, but Ralph Richardson really gives the best performance with Donald Calthrop as a French chemist who has patented the process to manufacture the 'magnalite' ore from the Bruce/Collier mines, a close second.

If anyone can tell me what magnalite is I'd like to know. Robinson promotes it in the way that Rock Hudson promoted Vip in Lover Come Back.

Thunder in the City is a great deal cheaper on the production values than anything Robinson was doing at Warner Brothers and unfortunately it shows. Still it's not a bad film and it certainly shows British business practice sure ain't different than American ones.

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