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5.0 out of 5 stars A Golden Oldie From 1950s British Cinema, 20 Oct. 2008
This review is from: The Clouded Yellow [1950] [DVD] (DVD)
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I rather enjoyed this little known thriller dating from 1951, made in the Hitchcock mode. Produced by Betty Box and directed by Ralph Thomas; Trevor Howard(Brief Encounter) plays David Somers who has lost his job in the Secret Service and has taken a dull position cataloguing butterflies for an employer in the Hampshire countryside.

Falling for his employer's niece, Sophie, played by Jean Simmons (Great Expectations, Spartacus etc) he becomes entangled in a murder mystery when a local handyman Hick, played by Maxwell Reed (The Square Ring) is found dead with a knife in his back. Suspicion falls on Sophie who is suffering from memory loss and cannot recall all her movements from the previous day. In order to help Sophie solve the mystery, both David and her go on the run from the police and the Secret Service with one of his old colleagues played by Kenneth More (Reach For The Sky, Genevieve) pursuing them across Newcastle Upon Tyne and the Lakes District, until the exciting climax taking place in Liverpool Docks.

Although dated in places, it is still an exciting film to watch. Mature adults will welcome a look at Newcastle Upon Tyne and Liverpool as they used to look during the post war years and am sure will bring back memories.

One of the things I like about this film though is that there are so many character actors making appearances, albeit briefly. Andre Morell, Marianne Stone, Geoffrey Keen, and even Dandy Nichols popping up in one scene. Look out also for the lovely Sandra Dorne who plays a daughter of a friend who helps them to escape from Newcastle.

Picture quality is rather good with clean, crisp detail, although sound is mono and is quite adequate.

Worth seeing; after all British Cinema was pretty good in those days, keeping the populace entertained as they struggled during the long years of austerity after the end of World War Two.
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E. A. Redfearn
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