Storm in a Teacup

Overview

Directed by Ian Dalrymple, this comedy of manners is based on a German play, and is one of the lesser known pieces of Vivien Leigh and Rex Harrison's filmographies. Set in an old-fashioned Scottish town, Storm in a Teacup features Rex Harrison as an English newpaper reporter who has traveled north in order to take a job. Once there, he meets Victoria (Leigh), the daughter of Provost Gow (Cecil Parker), who happens to be one of the wealthiest legal figures in town. It isn't until he come across an an impoverished ...
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Overview

Directed by Ian Dalrymple, this comedy of manners is based on a German play, and is one of the lesser known pieces of Vivien Leigh and Rex Harrison's filmographies. Set in an old-fashioned Scottish town, Storm in a Teacup features Rex Harrison as an English newpaper reporter who has traveled north in order to take a job. Once there, he meets Victoria (Leigh), the daughter of Provost Gow (Cecil Parker), who happens to be one of the wealthiest legal figures in town. It isn't until he come across an an impoverished woman and her beloved dog, however, that life becomes truly complicated. When Mrs. Hegarty (Sara Allgood) can't afford to pay her annual dog licensing fee, Leigh's father orders the dog be destroyed. Frank (Harrison) turns this into a human interest story, which rapidly travels across Scotland. With his political career in shambles, Gow (Parker) retaliates by suing Frank for slander. Victoria, however, has fallen in love with the young journalist, and gives both Frank and her father quite a surprise when she lies for him in her testimony. In doing so, Victoria unwittingly determines the fate for both her lover and the dog, Scruffy. ~ Tracie Cooper
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Storm in a Teacup is a mildly diverting comedy of manners, the main interest of which is the participation of a very young Rex Harrison and Vivien Leigh. The screenplay is well constructed, from the "meet cute" opening through the various plot machinations that get the two leads together and tear them apart, and it flirts engagingly with some rather serious subject matter (truth, responsibility, haves and have-nots, etc.) without getting bogged down. What the screenplay lacks is the kind of witty repartee that raises this kind of film from the ordinary to the magical. (It also loses points for telling the audience that the father-politician has been misjudged but never bothering to prove the fact.) Fans of the stars will not care much, although it must be admitted that Harrison is only adequate here. Not always photographed to his best advantage here, he also is too mannered; the character doesn't allow him to take advantage of the haughty self-assurance that is his biggest asset, and so the actor struggles too hard to present himself as an ordinary fellow. Leigh comes off much better, looking beautiful and making some of the more mechanical twists in the plot seem quite believable. Storm in a Teacup is not one for the ages, but it is modestly entertaining.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/16/2000
  • UPC: 037429120439
  • Original Release: 1937
  • Source: Homevision
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Vivien Leigh Victoria Gow
Rex Harrison Frank Burdon
Cecil Parker Provost Gow
Sara Allgood Mrs. Hegarty
Ursula Jeans Lisbete Skirving
Gus McNaughton Horace Skirving
Edgar K. Bruce McKellar
Robert Hale Lord Skerryvore
Arthur Wontner Fiscal
Eliot Makeham Sheriff
George Pughe Menzies
Arthur Seaton Police Sergeant
Cecil Mannering Police Constable
Ivor Barnard Watkins
Cyril Smith Councillor
W.G. Fay Cassidy
Scruffy the Dog
Quentin McPhearson Baillie Callender
Technical Credits
Ian Dalrymple Director, Screenwriter
Victor Saville Director, Producer
André Andrejew Production Designer
Donald Bull Screenwriter
Edward Cohen Special Effects
Mutz Greenbaum Cinematographer
Alexander Korda Producer
Frederick Lewis Score Composer
Ned Mann Special Effects
Muir Mathieson Musical Direction/Supervision
Cyril Randell Editor
Hugh Stewart Editor
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