Trouble Brewing (1939 film)

Trouble Brewing is a 1939 British comedy film directed by Anthony Kimmins and starring George Formby, Googie Withers and Gus McNaughton.[1] It was made by Associated Talking Pictures,[2] and includes the songs "Fanlight Fanny" and "Hitting the Highspots Now".[3] The film is based on a novel by Joan Butler, and the sets were designed by art director Wilfred Shingleton.

Trouble Brewing
Poster, from UK trade advertisement
Directed byAnthony Kimmins
Produced byJack Kitchin
Written byMichael Hogan
Angus MacPhail
Anthony Kimmins
StarringGeorge Formby
Googie Withers
Gus McNaughton
Garry Marsh
Music byErnest Irving
CinematographyRonald Neame
Edited byErnest Aldridge
Eric Williams
Distributed byAssociated British
Release date
March 1939
Running time
87 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Plot summary

George Formby plays George Gullip, a Daily Sun compositor who wins a large sum at the racing. He collects three ten-pound notes. Unable to spend them at the bar, he exchanges them for six fivers. He is paid with counterfeit notes. Gullip then tries to find the criminals. In so doing he goes "undercover" as a waiter and a wrestler. Clues suggest the villain is Gullip’s own boss.


Critical reception

TV Guide found the film an "enjoyable Formby vehicle".[3] Sky Movies wrote, "the fun is as fast and furious in this incident-packed George Formby romp as in any film he made...Receipts foamed over at box-offices throughout Britain."[4]


  1. "BFI | Film & TV Database | TROUBLE BREWING (1939)". 16 April 2009. Retrieved 13 March 2014.
  2. Wood p.99
  3. "Trouble Brewing Review". Retrieved 13 March 2014.
  4. "Trouble Brewing - Sky Movies HD". 6 November 2003. Retrieved 13 March 2014.


  • Low, Rachael. Filmmaking in 1930s Britain. George Allen & Unwin, 1985.
  • Perry, George. Forever Ealing. Pavilion Books, 1994.
  • Wood, Linda. British Films, 1927-1939. British Film Institute, 1986.

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