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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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Marion Gering

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Robert E. Sherwood (screenplay), Aben Kandel (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edward G. Robinson ... Dan Armstrong
Nigel Bruce ... The Duke
Constance Collier ... The Duchess
Luli Deste ... Lady Patricia
Ralph Richardson ... Manningdale
Arthur Wontner ... Sir Peter
Annie Esmond Annie Esmond ... Lady Challoner
Cyril Raymond ... James
Elizabeth Inglis Elizabeth Inglis ... Dolly
James Carew James Carew ... Snyderling
Everley Gregg Everley Gregg ... Millie
Donald Calthrop ... Dr. Plumet
Nancy Burne Nancy Burne ... Edna
Billy Bray Billy Bray ... Bill (as Charles 'Billy' Bray)
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bluff See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System Noiseless Wide Range Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Dan Armstrong (Edward G. Robinson) and Lady Patricia Graham (Luli Deste) 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. However, it is a fictional story, so anything is possible. See more »

Quotes

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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Played on piano by Billy Bray and sung by Nancy Burne
Reprised by the stockholders
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"There's no romance in Daniel Armstrong, except the romance of big business."
28 June 2014 | by utgard14See 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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