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Story by  Bruno Frank, James Bridie
Country  United Kingdom
6.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy, Romance
Language  English
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Director  Ian Dalrymple Victor Saville
Release date  June 12, 1937 (1937-06-12) (UK) November 22, 1937 (1937-11-22) (US)
Based on  Sturm im Wasserglas (German) by Bruno Frank Storm in a Teacup (UK) and Storm Over Patsy (US) by James Bridie
Writer  Bruno Frank (play), James Bridie (Anglo-Scottish version), Ian Dalrymple, Donald Bull
Directors  Victor Saville, Ian Dalrymple
Screenplay  Ian Dalrymple, James Bridie, Donald Bull
Cast  Vivien Leigh (Victoria 'Vickie' Gow), Rex Harrison (Frank Burdon), Cecil Parker (Provost William 'Willie' Gow), Sara Allgood (Honoria Hegarty)
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Storm in a Teacup is a 1937 British romantic comedy film starring Vivien Leigh, Rex Harrison in his first starring role, Cecil Parker, and Sara Allgood. It is based on the German play Sturm im Wasserglas by Bruno Frank, as well as the English-language adaptations: London's Storm in a Teacup and Broadway's Storm Over Patsy, both written by James Bridie. A reporter writes an article that embarrasses a politician. Meanwhile, the newspaperman is also attracted to his target's daughter.


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A Scottish town's powerful mayor (referred to as "Provost") struts and brags about his city "improvements", while the cowed villagers are sullenly forced to put up with him. A free-spirited English reporter (Rex Harrison) is brought from London to work for the local newspaper and soon clashes with the autocrat - while falling in love with his daughter (Vivien Leigh). He strikes out against the Provost by taking up the cause of a poor woman who sells ice cream from a pushcart, and who has dared to protest against the mayor's new "dog tax". Her sheep dog, Patsy, is about to be put to death by the local police because she cannot pay the back taxes (and subsequent fine) incurred by her ownership of the dog.

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When the idealistic young reporter exposes the injustice being done to her in the local newspaper (before the editors have a chance to suppress the article), it sparks an indignant protest campaign all over England and Scotland. The furious mayor rashly sues the "cheeky little rotter from London" for libel. A courtroom scene ensues which strongly resembles a "kangaroo trial" until, in view of local support for the defendant (with the villagers humorously barking like dogs) and the budding love affair between the reporter and the mayor's daughter, the mayor gives up, and all is happily resolved.


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  • Vivien Leigh as Victoria Gow
  • Rex Harrison as Frank Burdon
  • Cecil Parker as Provost William Gow
  • Sara Allgood as Honoria Hegarty
  • Ursula Jeans as Lisbet Skirving
  • Gus McNaughton as Horace Skirving
  • Edgar K. Bruce as McKellar (credited as Edgar Bruce)
  • Robert Hale as Lord Skerryvore
  • Quentin McPhearson as Baillie Callender (credited as Quinton Macpherson)
  • Arthur Wontner as Procurator Fiscal
  • Eliot Makeham as Sheriff
  • George Pughe as Menzies
  • Arthur Seaton as Police Sergeant
  • Cecil Mannering as Police Constable
  • Ivor Barnard as Watkins
  • Cyril Smith as Councillor
  • W. G. Fay as Cassidy (credited as W G. Fay)
  • Scruffy as Patsy, the dog
  • Reception

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    At the time of the film's initial release, reviews were favourable. In The New York Times, Frank S. Nugent called it "an engaging miniature" and "a splendid comic brew". The critic for The Montreal Gazette wrote, "the excellent story is done fullest justice by the directors, Victor Saville and Dalrymple, and by the large and often-brilliant cast." The critic for Boys' Life called it "a riot of fun for the audience."

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    The number of favourable reviews grew over time. Leonard Maltin rated this movie three out of four stars and called it "witty social comedy." The book Guide to British Cinema considered this film as one of Victor Saville's "well-crafted, genre films" and "the breezy Rex Harrison–Vivien Leigh social comedy." The book British Film Directors: A Critical Guide called it "a whimsical comedy with anti-fascist undercurrents." The book A Chorus of Raspberries: British Film Comedy 1929–1939 considered this film "one of the best British comedies of the decade."

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    Anne Edwards, author of the 1977 biography of Vivien Leigh, considered this film a "funny but inconsequential comedy;" nevertheless, she called Leigh's performance "witty and warm" for her role that "could not have given [Leigh] much pride of accomplishment."

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