Formula for guaranteed chuckles: put a rough-edged guy in a situation where he has to hold a teacup. It’s audience-proof.
Charlton Heston vs. The World’s Tiniest Teacup in The Pigeon That Took Rome (1962).
(It was coffee, and it wasn’t even the real stuff. Poor guy.)
Lillian Gish in Way Down East (1920). The classy, lace-and-pearls way to drink tea:
Not the lace-and-pearls type? There’s room for you, too, in the classic movie canon:
Charlie Chaplin with a Blue Willow cup in Modern Times (1936). And a Pug.
“Veronica Lake, lovely star of Paramount’s hit, ‘The Hour Before the Dawn,’ relaxes with a cup of brisk Liptons’ Tea.”
And last but certainly not least: those cricket-loving gentlemen, Charters & Caldicott!