Storm In A Teacup

  • 1937
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy

An amusing comedy of manners based on a German play that was Anglicized for the stage by James Bridic. The action takes place in a tiny provincial Scottish town. Harrison is a newspaper reporter from England who comes north to take a job on the local publication. Once there, he reconnoiters the area and meets Leigh, daughter of the wealthy and dictatorial...read more

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An amusing comedy of manners based on a German play that was Anglicized for the stage by James Bridic. The action takes place in a tiny provincial Scottish town. Harrison is a newspaper reporter from England who comes north to take a job on the local publication. Once there, he

reconnoiters the area and meets Leigh, daughter of the wealthy and dictatorial Parker, who is the town's leading legal light (they call him the Provost). Parker is attempting to climb higher on the political ladder, so he misuses his power. Allgood is a poor woman who has only one pleasure in

life, the companionship of her dog, Scruffy. When she can't come up with the pittance for the annual license fee, Parker harumphs and says that Scruffy will have to be destroyed. Harrison is looking for a good story, and when he hears what Parker has decreed, he decides to take it all the way and

begins printing the story and constant updates as though this were the invasion of Scotland. The story is picked up by the national newspapers and becomes a cause celebre across the country, and Parker's dreams of standing for Parliament are destroyed. He retaliates by suing Harrison for slander,

and there is a funny courtroom scene in which Leigh, who has fallen madly in love with Harrison, happily lies on the stand to save Harrison from jail. Before the trial, Harrison thinks he's lost Leigh, so he goes ahead full bore with his campaign and winds up amazed by her testimony, and at the

fade, the two are united. The picture was reissued in 1943 and again in 1946. It's a trifle dated by today's comedy standards but remains a good example of what was funny in the late 30s.

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