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4.0 out of 5 stars Two decent little crime dramas from the 50s, 6 Nov. 2013
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This review is from: The Blue Parrot / Burnt Evidence [DVD] (DVD)
Produced in the early 50s, both these black & white British crime dramas are pretty routine, yet should be of interest to fans of the genre. There are no extras or subtitles. The picture & sound quality on THE BLUE PARROT is good. While there is an overall downgrade in picture quality on BURNT EVIDENCE, this shouldn't spoil your enjoyment.

THE BLUE PARROT (1953/66-minutes) is set against a nightclub backdrop, with the club owner & her boyfriend finding themselves on the run for a murder they didn't commit. The pair must stay one step ahead of the law while hunting down the real killer. The performances are OK, with Ballard Berkeley as the investigating Scotland Yard Supt, along with John Le Mesurier in a dark & shifty role. Playing the American helping out our gallant boys in blue is none other than Dermot Walsh (but what about the New York accent?) But Walsh seems to be enjoying himself nonetheless.

I enjoyed BURNT EVIDENCE (1954/58-minutes) even more than the previous offering. With a screenplay provided by Ted Willis, this compact little crime melodrama doesn't throw up any surprises, but it was such a pleasure to watch the whole thing unfold. With good performances, it's a sombre 'eternal triangle' tale starring Duncan Lamont as the hubby with Jane Hylton as his wife, along with Donald Gray as the 'third party'.

Jack Taylor (Lamont) is a character that demands your sympathy - the poor fellow is going through a bad patch, what with both his marriage & business on the rocks. With the day-to-day drudgery of decreasing finances gnawing away at the marriage, wife Diana (Hylton) is now having an affair with Taylor's old army buddy Jimmy Thompson (Gray) which eventually leads to an altercation between the pair, with Taylor then deciding to disappear. Along with the supporting cast which includes Meredith Edwards and Cyril Smith, familiar character actress Irene Handl gets a decent amount of screen time as the Taylor's chatterbox but caring neighbour from upstairs.

DVD producers such as 'Simply Media', 'Network' and 'Renown' are to be applauded for releasing so many of these often obscure vintage British movies from yesteryear. Keep up the good work!
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