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Thunder in the City (1937)

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 »

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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 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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Release Date:

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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This movie received its earliest documented U.S. telecasts July 31, 1944 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1), in Washington, D.C. Thursday, August 14, 1947 on WTTG (Channel 5), and in Los Angeles Sunday, November 2, 1947 on KTLA (Channel 5). It first aired in Chicago Sunday, September 11, 1949 on WGN (Channel 9), in Detroit Sunday, September 19, 1949 on WWJ (Channel 4), in Atlanta Wednesday, October 5, 1949 on WSB (Channel 8), and in Cincinnati Sunday, November 20, 1949 on WLW-T (Channel 4). See more »


Lady Challoner: I can't imagine what's got into you two children
James: Boredom, Mother darling. Bored with this place, bored with not having any money, bored with you and father and bored with ourselves
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I bought it for Nigel Bruce's performance.
23 September 2009 | by puhlreaderSee all my reviews

Nigel Bruce, Watson to Basil Rathbone's Sherlock Holmes in the 1939 "Hound of the Baskervilles" and of the 1940s Holmes movies, was usually cast as a befuddled and kindly Englishman. The actual second son of a baronet, in this 1937 movie he portrays the English Duke who owns an African mine of useless metal no one knows anything about. Edward G. Robinson plays a brash American who gets involved in promoting the mineral. Ralph Richardson, later knighted by the Queen for theatrical excellence, makes an early film appearance. He later played Dr. Watson on British radio with Sir John Geilgud as Holmes. Arthur Wontner made 5 British Sherlock Holmes movies in the early to mid 1930s. Here he makes small but effective appearances as the English cousin of Robinson's returning American, the father of adult children and the owner of an enormous estate that Robinson gets lost in. This is not an exciting, complex movie, but serves a purpose in filmdom for bringing together Bruce, Richardson and Wonter in one story. I plan on winning some bets with other Sherlockians with this information. P.S. I liked the movie itself, it had all the content of an episode of "Friends".

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