Trouble Brewing (1939 film)

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For the 1924 film starring Oliver Hardy, see Trouble Brewing (1924 film).
Trouble Brewing
"Trouble Brewing" (1939 film).jpg
UK trade ad poster
Directed by Anthony Kimmins
Produced by Jack Kitchin
Written by Michael Hogan
Angus MacPhail
Anthony Kimmins
Starring George Formby
Googie Withers
Gus McNaughton
Garry Marsh
Music by Ernest Irving
Cinematography Ronald Neame
Edited by Ernest Aldridge
Eric Williams
Associated Talking Pictures
Distributed by Associated British
Release date(s) March 1939
Running time 87 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Trouble Brewing is a 1939 British comedy film directed by Anthony Kimmins and starring George Formby, Googie Withers and Gus McNaughton..[1] It was made by Associated Talking Pictures at Ealing Studios,[2] and includes the songs "Fanlight Fanny" and "Hitting the Highspots Now." [3] The film is based on a novel by Joan Butler. The film's sets were designed by art director Wilfred Shingleton.

Plot summary[edit]

George Formby plays a Daily Sun compositor who wins a large sum at the racing. He is paid with counterfeit notes. Formby’s character (George Gullip) then tries to find the criminals. In the process he goes "under cover" as a waiter and a wrestler. Clues suggest the villain is Gullip’s own boss.


Critical reception[edit]

  • TV Guide noted an "enjoyable Formby vehicle" [3]
  • Sky Movies wrote, "the fun is as fast and furious in this incident-packed George Formby romp as in any film he made...Receipts foamed over at box-offices throughout Britain."[4]


  1. ^ "BFI | Film & TV Database | TROUBLE BREWING (1939)". 2009-04-16. Retrieved 2014-03-13. 
  2. ^ Wood p.99
  3. ^ a b "Trouble Brewing Review". Retrieved 2014-03-13. 
  4. ^ "Trouble Brewing - Sky Movies HD". 2003-11-06. Retrieved 2014-03-13. 


  • Low, Rachael. Filmmaking in 1930s Britain. George Allen & Unwin, 1985.
  • Perry, George. Forever Ealing. Pavilion Books, 1994.
  • Wood, Linda. British Films, 1927-1939. British Film Institute, 1986.

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