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Thunder in the City

For a long time, Edward G. Robinson wanted to do something lighter than eye-gouging racketeers and went to London for that purpose after getting an offer to appear in this picture. He wasn't so wrong in wanting to try his hand at something different such as this, except that, as a romantic lead opposite Luli Deste, he is a bit awkward.

Cast:
Edward G. Robinson Luli Deste Nigel Bruce Constance Collier Ralph Richardson Arthur Wontner

For a long time, Edward G. Robinson wanted to do something lighter than eye-gouging racketeers and went to London for that purpose after getting an offer to appear in this picture. He wasn’t so wrong in wanting to try his hand at something different such as this, except that, as a romantic lead opposite Luli Deste, he is a bit awkward.

Robinson plays an American ballyhoo artist who invades the staid calm of business methods in England and, backed by a lot of nerve, much luck and fictional situations, promotes a metal mine in Africa into a big proposition. Robinson’s rival ties him up under patents and it looks as though the Horatio Algerian hero is stymied.

Three writers have written much smart dialog into the picture and provided numerous comedy situations which are ably maneuvered by director Marion Gering.

Deste is a Viennese with a pleasant but very slight accent. She looks to have the goods besides having the looks. Two who contribute much are Nigel Bruce and Constance Collier, who play a duke and duchess, respectively. Ralph Richardson renders a good job as a British banker.

Thunder in the City

UK

Production: Atlantic/Columbia. Director Marion Gering; Producer Alexander Erway; Screenplay Robert Sherwood, Aben Kandel, Akos Tolnay; Camera Al Gilks; Editor Arthur Hilton; Music Miklos Rozsa; Art Director David Ramon

Crew: (B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1937. Running time: 86 MIN.

With: Edward G. Robinson Luli Deste Nigel Bruce Constance Collier Ralph Richardson Arthur Wontner

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