Trouble Brewing. George Gullip (George Formby). Copyright: STUDIOCANAL / Ealing Studios.

Trouble Brewing

1939 British comedy film about a wannabe detective. Stars George Formby, Googie Withers, Gus McNaughton, Garry Marsh, C. Denier Warren and others.

Trouble Brewing. Image shows from L to R: George Gullip (George Formby), Mary Brown (Googie Withers). Copyright: STUDIOCANAL / Ealing Studios.

Trouble Brewing

An eager newspaper worker goes undercover to expose a gang of counterfeiters

George Formby, Googie Withers, Gus McNaughton, Garry Marsh, C. Denier Warren, Beatrix Fielden-Kaye, Joss Ambler, Ronald Shiner and others
Angus MacPhail, Michael Hogan and Anthony Kimmins
Anthony Kimmins
Jack Kitchin

George Gullip is a junior worker in the print room of major national newspaper The Daily Sun. Working with inks all day, and aspiring to be a detective, he's also a bit of an inventor and has mixed his own creation: it'll leave a fingerprint, but not wash off the finger itself for at least a week.

Meanwhile, waves of counterfeit notes are sweeping the country, and the police are at a loss to even identify any suspects.

A trip to the races with workmate Bill sees George become involved in the affair when their horse clinches a surprise victory, resulting in a hefty £300 windfall for the pair: unfortunately no sooner have they claimed their winnings than they are palmed off with fake notes when trying to break it into smaller amounts to spend!

Determined to get their cash back the unlikely duo spot a truck marked 'Blue Star Brewery' and give chase. They're soon in a series of unlikely entanglements as they attempt to pinpoint the gang's leader, including a prize-fight wrestling challenge, a renowned opera singer's cocktail party, and - such is their string of luck - breaking into the home office safe of the chief of police!

When George's love interest Mary, the secretary of The Daily Sun's editor, stumbles across a vital clue, however, everyone's luck begins to change: some for the better, and some much for the worse.

Production Details

UK certificate
87 minutes
Release date
Monday 24th July 1939

Associated British Film Distribution

Production company
Black and white
Laugh track

Broadcast details

Last repeat
Monday 11th January 2021 at 6:00am on TPTV

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