Storm in a Teacup

Synopsis: Frank Burdon is a new reporter on a small-town Scottish paper. He's told to interview local politician William Gow, then left in charge of the paper overnight. He sees Gow being high-handed to a woman who can't afford to license her dog, and decides to run that story instead of the expected puff piece. Both are decent men, but a little too proud to back down, and the battle escalates into a criminal case... but at the same time, Burdon and Gow's daughter Victoria are falling in love.
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Production: London Films
87 min

Baikie West Coast of Scotland

Is this for the carrier?

No, I am expecting a car.

- Thank you.

- You're welcome.

I don't seem to be.

What's it now?

What are you crying for?

Get up, please!

What do you mean?

Who are you?

Get up!

Turn around a minute.

You don't want this. Do you?

Anyway, it isn't yours.


There you are, Mary darling!

The lady is quite finished with it.

Would you like some spit?

No thank you.

Nothing I can do?

Well, you can take this

to the end of the pier.

What, all of them?

Oh, never mind, don't trouble.




You've been to Paris.


- Doing what?

- Finishing school.

Ha, ha...

Finished being finished?

- Yes!

- Good!

Your penny, please!

- My what?

- Your penny landing fee!

- But I've landed!

- Your penny, please!

The... Gentleman

there has my luggage.

Very good, Miss.

Come on, move!

Will you please observe... I have no hand

to pick up my pouch?

What are you doing with this?

Why, I'm Miss Victoria's driver.

Oh, I see!

No, that's is mine!

Here you are!

- Miss Victoria?

- Ay.


That's a grand name!

- Oh, come on, please!

- We want to pass!


Honoria Hegarty...

Open in the name of law!

And no nonsenses here!

Looks like we've to effect an entry.

Ay, looks like one of us has

to effect an entry.

Look what you're doing, man!

Will you confine your

operations to the door?

Stop it now!

Would you have me house in ruins

and me and Patsy in the midst of them?

Ay, it's Patsy we are after.

Bring him up, and let him come quite.

He's nothing of the sort

"come quiet".

Then I'll break the door down.

Now, just you try it.




You're obstructing the law?

It's the law's obstructing me!

The law wants to get him!

And what's he done?

And him as innocent as a newborn angel!

You should have paid the license!

License is it?

If a grand big country like this...

Is needing 7 shillings and 6 p.

From the likes of me...

It's time it gets on the dole

the same as the rest of us.

Oh man, dear!

It's not the license money!

It's the fine!

Five pounds!

Ay, for persistent infringement.

Where would the like of me

get five pounds?

Standing next to naked

in the dead of summer...

With the wind whistling down

from the North Pole, and me...

Trying to sell ice cream

for a bunch of frozen customers.


Get him down!

Come on, Patsy.

Well, well!

Give me back me dog!


- Let me take it!

- You should have paid the fee!

You've had enough, riff-raff?

Will you disperse and go

to your business!

You've great want of shame, Sergeant!

The girl is for sanatorium!

Why aren't you using your guns?

Evil, that's what it is!

It's massacre.

I'll have the law deal with you!

Patsy, me lovely Patsy!

- Well, who are you?

- I am Maggie.

- Where's Jessie?

- She left!

- You'll be Miss Victoria?

- Yes.

I'm sorry, I can't help it.

Oh, it's OK by me!

That's a relief.

- Where is the Provost?

- He's dead busy.

And what's all this?

A football match?

Politics, he's in there with

Baillie Callender.

I see.

Go and unpack my things, will you?


And don't say OK.


Oh, and tell me!

Why did Jessie leave?

Oh, she didn't approve!

Citizens of Baikie, in full confidence

of your loyalty...

I, your Provost, invite your presence

at my inaugural meeting...

At the Town Hall, Baikie,

on Friday next.

Signed, William Gow.

Good edit, Callender?

Ay... A bit personal.

That's it, don't you see?


Oh, psychology.

Loyalty! That's a fine word,

they can't resist it.

Hello, Vickie!

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Bruno Frank

Bruno Frank (Stuttgart, June 13, 1887 - Beverly Hills, June 20, 1945) was a German author, poet, dramatist, and humanist. Frank studied law and philosophy in Munich, where he later worked as a dramatist and novelist until the Reichstag fire in 1933. Persecuted by the government because of his Jewish heritage, he left Nazi Germany with his wife, Liesl, daughter of famed operetta diva Fritzi Massary. They lived for four years in Austria and England, then in 1937 finally went to the United States, where he was reunited with his friends Heinrich Mann and Thomas Mann. Frank is considered part of the group of anti-nazi writers whose works constitute German Exilliteratur. He continued to write, producing two novels, and worked in the film industry for the rest of his life. Frank wrote the screenplay for the popular movie version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939 film), directed by William Dieterle and starring Charles Laughton, based on the novel by Victor Hugo. Frank's play, Sturm im Wasserglas, was posthumously made into a movie directed by Josef von Báky in 1960. His nephew Anthony M. Frank became United States Postmaster General in 1988. On his death in 1945 of a heart attack, Bruno Frank was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California. more…

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