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. It was made by Associated Talking Pictures, and includes the songs "Fanlight Fanny" and "Hitting the Highspots Now". The film is based on a novel by Joan Butler, and the sets were designed by art director Wilfred Shingleton.
Poster, from UK trade advertisement
|Directed by||Anthony Kimmins|
|Produced by||Jack Kitchin|
|Written by||Michael Hogan |
|Starring||George Formby |
|Music by||Ernest Irving|
|Edited by||Ernest Aldridge |
|Distributed by||Associated British|
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.
- George Formby as George Gullip
- Googie Withers as Mary Brown
- Gus McNaughton as Bill Pike
- Garry Marsh as A.G. Brady
- C. Denier Warren as Major Hopkins
- Beatrix Fielden-Kaye as Housekeeper
- Joss Ambler as Lord Redhill
- Ronald Shiner as Bridgewater
- Martita Hunt as Madame Berdi
- Esma Cannon as Maid
- Basil Radford as Guest
- Hal Gordon as Brewery Truck Driver
- James Knight as Brewery Foreman
- Harry Terry as Race Card Seller
- Jack Vyvian as Policeman Playing Cards
- Elsie Wagstaff as Mrs. Hopkins
TV Guide found the film an "enjoyable Formby vehicle". 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."
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- "Trouble Brewing - Sky Movies HD". Skymovies.sky.com. 6 November 2003. Retrieved 13 March 2014.
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