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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:
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Dan Armstrong
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The Duke
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The Duchess
Luli Deste ...
Lady Patricia
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Manningdale
Arthur Wontner ...
Sir Peter
Annie Esmond ...
Lady Challoner
Cyril Raymond ...
James
Elizabeth Inglis ...
Dolly
James Carew ...
Snyderling
Everley Gregg ...
Millie
Donald Calthrop ...
Dr. Plumet
Nancy Burne ...
Edna
Billy Bray ...
Bill (as Charles 'Billy' Bray)
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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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Højt spil  »

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(Western Electric Wide Range Noiseless Recording)

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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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Pomp and Circumstance March No.1 in D
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Music by Edward Elgar (1901)
Played at the first sight of the Union Jack
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"There's no romance in Daniel Armstrong, except the romance of big business."
28 June 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Advertising man Dan Armstrong (Edward G. Robinson) is fired because his ideas are seen as out-of-date and undignified by his bosses, who cite the English as having a respectable approach to business. He decides to go to England to visit relatives. While there he falls for pretty Lady Patricia (Luli Deste), who is considering marrying stuffy jerk Manningdale (Ralph Richardson) just for his money. Dan cooks up a scheme to help his financially struggling family as well as make himself enough money he could provide Patricia with more security than Manningdale.

Pretty much any film with Eddie G. is worth watching and this is no exception. It's a fish-out-of-water story with the colorful American teaching and learning from the staid Brits. The funniest scene to me was when Robinson gets lost in the family manor. It's all genial enough and the cast is certainly a quality one. Robinson is great. Richardson is always good. Nigel Bruce and Constance Collier are fun. Interesting look at British/American relations and attitudes at the time.


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