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Thunder in the City (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 22 April 1937 (USA)
A visiting American engages in a bold business promotion, the likes of which the British have not seen.


Marion Gering


Robert E. Sherwood (screenplay), Aben Kandel (screenplay) | 3 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Edward G. Robinson ... Dan Armstrong
Nigel Bruce ... The Duke
Constance Collier ... The Duchess
Luli Deste ... Lady Patricia
Ralph Richardson ... Manningdale
Arthur Wontner ... Sir Peter
Annie Esmond Annie Esmond ... Lady Challoner
Cyril Raymond ... James
Elizabeth Inglis Elizabeth Inglis ... Dolly
James Carew ... Snyderling
Everley Gregg ... Millie
Donald Calthrop ... Dr. Plumet
Nancy Burne Nancy Burne ... Edna
Billy Bray Billy Bray ... Bill (as Charles 'Billy' Bray)


Dan comes to England to learn more sedate business practices. While there he becomes involved in a scheme to exploit mangalite mines in Rhodesia. He and Manningdale become rivals for Patricia. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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LASHING YOUR EMOTIONS WITH THE FORCE OF A THUNDEBOLT! (print ad - Lubbock Evening Journal - Lubbock, Texas - March 3, 1938 - all caps) See more »


Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance


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Miklós Rózsa's first film score. See more »


James: Was he the fellow that stole the mummy from the British Museum?
Sir Peter: Hmm, yes
Dolly: What did he do with the mummy?
James: It was found next day wearing a top hat occupying the front bench of the House of Lords
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Pomp and Circumstance March No.1 in D
Music by Edward Elgar (1901)
Played at the first sight of the Union Jack
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Robinson away from Warners
19 August 2015 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Sick of gangster roles, Edward G. Robinson entered into a fight with Warners and left for the UK to make "Thunder in the City" in 1937.

The story concerns Dan Armstrong, a slick marketing promoter who loses his job in the U.S. because the company he works for thinks his methods are old-fashioned and low-class. They suggest he go to England to learn how civilized people market and advertise.

Once there, Dan gets right down to it, inflating the value of stock to beat out a businessman (Ralph Richardson) who wants to buy it from the original owners (Nigel Bruce and Constance Collier). The product being produced is called magnelite but don't ask me or anyone else what it does.

Robinson is always great, and even though this is somewhat low- budget, it comes off okay thanks to the talent. This is an early film for Ralph Richardson who is excellent as a man in competition for the product and for the hand of Lady Patricia (Lulu Deste), whom Dan has fallen for.

Enjoyable and feel-good. Sorry it didn't do better at the box office. Robinson was a great gangster, but he was delightful in this as well.

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22 April 1937 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System Noiseless Wide Range Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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