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Thunder in the City (1937)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  22 April 1937 (USA)
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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:
Dan Armstrong
Nigel Bruce ...
The Duke
Constance Collier ...
The Duchess
Luli Deste ...
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 <>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance





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22 April 1937 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Wide Range Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Armstrong and Graham fly out of Gatwick Aerodrome (the famous Beehive control tower is clearly visible) in a de Havilland DH86 Express. It is very unlikely that a service to Vienna operated from Gatwick at that time. See more »


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Played on piano by Billy Bray and sung by Nancy Burne
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Some good bits and some, alas, not
3 July 2011 | by (France) – See all my reviews

Edward G Robinson carries the film as the wily promoter Armstrong, the good guy, interacting very well with Nigel Bruce as his amiable business partner, the Duke of Glenarvon. Ralph Richardson has too bland a role as the bad guy Manningdale yet, with his gifts, manages it well. Some good cameos, for example Nancy Burne as the street singer, but the other principals are feeble.

Their weakness drags the whole film down, particularly the love interest for which Armstrong and Manningdale are competing, an unalluring Luli Deste as Lady Pat. When Armstrong finds her asleep on the bed in his Paris hotel room, the erotic charge of the encounter is zero.

Nice sets and some excitement from crowd scenes, such as the posh sales force of Lady Pat's pals breaking into the company song and the mass goodbye to Armstrong at the airport, complete with brass band. Catches the mood of its time in several ways: some are serious like the attraction of new technology as a way out of old problems and a Capra- like faith in the common man, while some are little bits of popular culture, as when a gyrating girl shakes the maracas in front of a dance band that breaks into a Latin number.

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