Storm in a Teacup (1937)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Animal Picture, Comedy of Manners  |   Release Date - Jun 12, 1937 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 88 min.  |   Countries - United Kingdom   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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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.