Storm in a Teacup
is a 1937 Cinema of the United Kingdom romantic comedy film starring Vivien Leigh, Rex Harrison in his first starring role,<></>< name=Schwartz></> 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.< name=Gazette></> A reporter writes an article that embarrasses a politician. Meanwhile, the newspaperman is also attracted to his target's daughter.
- Vivien Leigh as Victoria Gow
- Rex Harrison as Frank Burdon
- Cecil Parker as Provost (civil) William Gow
- Sara Allgood as Honoria Hegarty
- Ursula Jeans as Lisbet Skirving
- Gus McNaughton as Horace Skirving
- Edgar K. Bruce as McKellar (as Edgar Bruce)
- Robert Hale as Lord Skerryvore
- Quentin McPhearson as Baillie Callender (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
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".< name=NYT></> The critic for The Gazette (Montreal)
wrote, "the excellent story is done fullest justice by the directors, Victor Saville and Dalrymple, and by the large and often-brilliant cast."< name=Gazette/> The critic for Boys' Life
called it "a riot of fun for the audience."< name="Boys' Life"></>
The number of favourable reviews grew over time. Leonard Maltin rated this movie three out of four stars and called it "witty social comedy."< name=Maltin></> 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."< name=Mayer></> The book British Film Directors: A Critical Guide
called it "a whimsical comedy with anti-fascist undercurrents."< name=Shail></> The book A Chorus of Raspberries: British Film Comedy 1929–1939
considered this film "one of the best British comedies of the decade."< name=Sutton></>
However, some reviews were either mixed or not positive. Dennis Schwartz of Ozus' World Movie Reviews, while he liked the performances of both Leigh and Harrison, considered the story "so incredibly naive that it doesn't travel well into modern times."
Anne Edwards. Vivien Leigh: A Biography. New York City: Simon & Schuster, 1977. Print. ISBN 0-671-22496-4.
Storm in a Teacup] at "Public Domain" of the
- McFarlane, Brian, ed.; Anthony Slide, asst. ed. The Encyclopedia of British Film: Second Edition – Fully Updated and Revised. London: Methuen Publishing, 2005. Print. ISBN 978-0-413-77526-9.
- Moore, Rachel. "Love Machines." Film Studies 4 (2004): 2–3. Web. 4 Jan 2012. <http://www.manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/uploads/docs/040001.pdf>
- Slide, Anthony. Fifty Classic British Films, 1932–1982: A Pictorial Record. New York City: Dover Publications, 1985. Print. ISBN 0-486-24860-7.
- Library of Congress. Copyright Office. "Dramatic Compositions." Catalog of Copyright Entries: Part 1, Group 3: Dramatic Composition and Motion Pictures: 1938 New Series: Volume 11, No. 2]. Washington: United States Government Printing Office, 1998. 19299-300. Web. 6 Jan 2012 <http://www.copyright.gov/fedreg/1998/63fr19287.html>. <http://www.copyright.gov/fedreg/1998/63fr19287.pdf>.
Category:1930s romantic comedy films
Category:British romantic comedy films
Category:Screwball comedy films
Category:London Films films
Category:Films based on plays
Category:Films set in Scotland
Category:Films directed by Ian Dalrymple
Category:Films directed by Victor Saville