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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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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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22 April 1937 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System Noiseless Wide Range Recording)

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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), in Washington DC Thursday 14 August 1947 on WTTG (Channel 5), and in Los Angeles Sunday 2 November 1947 on the West Coast's pioneer television station KTLA (Channel 5). See more »

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James: Was he the fellow that stole the mummy from the British Museum?
Sir Peter: Hmm, yes
Dolly: What did he do with the mummy?
James: It was found next day wearing a top hat occupying the front bench of the House of Lords
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Auld Lang Syne
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Traditional
Lyrics by Robert Burns
Sung by the stockholders at the end
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Enjoyable comedy in need of restoration
22 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

I'd love to know how producer Alexander Esway landed Edward G. Robinson for this low budget British feature. Robinson plays a crafty American businessman who relocates to the old country in order to pick up a few pointers--in addition to teaching the locals a few tricks about wealth creation. Nigel Bruce is delightful (and typically fuddled) as the nobleman who sells his stake in some Rhodesian mines to Robinson, Ralph Richardson is nice and chilly as the villain of the piece, and sexy Luli Deste is adequate as the film's love interest. For a low budget effort, the film is very well made, and features a few impressive sequences, most notably a brief scene in the Escher-like Challoner Hall that seems to consist primarily of staircases leading nowhere. The old Madacy Video tape leaves a lot to be desired, however: their print is worn and washed out. Thunder In the City is no classic, but it deserves to get cleaned up for DVD.


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