Storm in a Teacup (film)

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Storm in a Teacup
Storm in a Teacup.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by
Produced by Victor Saville
Screenplay by
  • Donald Bull
  • Ian Dalrymple
Based on
Music by Frederick Lewis
Cinematography Mutz Greenbaum
Edited by
Distributed by United Artists (US)
Release dates
  • June 12, 1937 (1937-06-12) (UK)[1]
  • November 22, 1937 (1937-11-22) (US)[1]
Running time
87 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Storm in a Teacup is a 1937 British romantic comedy film starring Vivien Leigh, Rex Harrison in his first starring role,[2] 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.[3] A reporter writes an article that embarrasses a politician. Meanwhile, the newspaperman is also attracted to his target's daughter.

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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".[4] 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."[3] The critic for Boys' Life called it "a riot of fun for the audience."[5]

The number of favourable reviews grew over time. Leonard Maltin rated this movie three out of four stars and called it "witty social comedy."[6] 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."[7] The book British Film Directors: A Critical Guide called it "a whimsical comedy with anti-fascist undercurrents."[8] The book A Chorus of Raspberries: British Film Comedy 1929–1939 considered this film "one of the best British comedies of the decade."[9]

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."[10]


  1. ^ a b Edwards. p. 300. The American Film Institute Catalog claimed that this film was released on 25 February 1937. The copyright date, as AFI and Copyright Catalog declared, was 10 August 1937.
  2. ^ Frank Miller. "Storm in a Teacup (1937)". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 25 December 2011. [verification needed]
  3. ^ a b Herbert J. Whittaker (11 June 1938). ""Storm in a Teacup" Is Given Excellent All-Round Treatment in Saville-Dalrymple Version". The Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 26 December 2011. 
  4. ^ Frank Nugent (22 March 1938). "Storm in a Teacup (1937): The Screen; Tight Little Comedy Is 'Storm in a Teacup,' Which Mr. Korda Is Showing at the Little Carnegie". The New York Times. 
  5. ^ Mathiews, Franklin K. (January 1938). "Movies of the Month". Boys' Life (New York City: The Boy Scouts of America): 23. Retrieved 26 December 2011. 
  6. ^ Maltin, Leonard (2008). Leonard Maltin's 2009 Movie Guide. New York City: The Penguin Group. p. 1322. ISBN 978-0-452-28978-9. 
  7. ^ Mayer, Geoff (2003). Guide to British Cinema. Westport, Connecticut: Greewood Publishing Group. p. 334. ISBN 0-313-30307-X. 
  8. ^ Shail, Robert (2007). British Film Directors: A Critical Guide. Edinburgh, United Kingdom: Edinburgh University Press. p. 191. ISBN 978-0-8093-2832-1. 
  9. ^ Sutton, David. A Chorus of Raspberries: British Film Comedy 1929–1939. Exeter, United Kingdom: University of Exeter Press. p. 224. 
  10. ^ Edwards. p.68.


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