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Storm in a Teacup (1937)

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.

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Bruno Frank (play), James Bridie (Anglo-Scottish version) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vivien Leigh ... Victoria Gow
Rex Harrison ... Frank Burdon
Cecil Parker ... Provost William Gow
Sara Allgood ... Honoria Hegarty
Ursula Jeans ... Lisbet Skirving
Gus McNaughton ... Horace Skirving
Edgar K. Bruce ... McKellar (as Edgar Bruce)
Robert Hale Robert Hale ... Lord Skerryvore
Quinton McPherson Quinton McPherson ... Baillie Callender (as Quinton Macpherson)
Arthur Wontner ... Fiscal
Eliot Makeham ... Sheriff
George Pughe George Pughe ... Menzies
Arthur Seaton Arthur Seaton ... Police Sergeant
Cecil Mannering Cecil Mannering ... Police Constable
Ivor Barnard ... Watkins
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Storyline

Frank Burdon is a new reporter on a small-town Scottish paper. He's told to interview local politician William Gow, then left in charge of the paper overnight. He sees Gow being high-handed to a woman who can't afford to license her dog, and decides to run that story instead of the expected puff piece. Both are decent men, but a little too proud to back down, and the battle escalates into a criminal case... but at the same time, Burdon and Gow's daughter Victoria are falling in love. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

25 February 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tormenta a la vista See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Young Scots guy with Glaswegian accent who is Rex Harrison's caddy is a young Scottish actor called Jack Short (he doesn't get a credit) See more »

Goofs

During the initial interview, Frank switches back and forth from holding his notepad to leaning on a table. See more »

Quotes

Victoria Gow: What sort of man are you, anyhow?
Frank Burdon: Did you ever know a decent sort of chap who could tell you straight off what sort of a decent chap he was?
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Crazy Credits

In keeping with the Scottish setting, the opening credits are shown on various Scottish plaids. See more »

Connections

Version of Storm in a Water Glass (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

Scotland the Brave
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Traditional
[Played when the Provost enters the hall]
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An apparent piece of froth hides a satire of Hitler
11 December 2004 | by kinekromSee all my reviews

Why isn't this excellent comedy better known? More to the point, why is it so consistently misinterpreted? Most commentators view it as an amusing piece of froth about the provost of a small Scottish town (Cecil Parker) ordering that a dog be put down because its owner cannot pay for its licence. There's Vivien Leigh as the provost's daughter and Rex Harrison on top form as the journalist who makes the silly story national news. It's all very funny and delightfully played by all concerned. But underlying this story (adapted from a German play by James Bridie) is a subtle satire of dictatorship as was then current in Germany and Italy. Parker's role is very clearly based on Hitler, a times quite unsettlingly so, and it is in the bold but successfully intermingling of whimsy with dictatorial manners that the film gains its particular power. Cute it may seem to be, but Victor Saville was a wise and quite a subversive soul, and you'll find few other films from this period that so ably blend the dark with the light. Take a look at it again and see what I mean!


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