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on 1 September 2013
Several unfavourable comments have been made about Eureka's transfer but it was no poorer than a recording I made of the film on good equipment from a slightly cut commercial channel TV showing of not so long ago, and happily this time the film is complete. Now on with the review:-

Trevor Howard, whether sporting a moustache or not (in a pointless attempt to evade being identified) is at his most dashing in this neat 1950 movie as a demoted secret agent. He puts his skills to good use again, trying to get out of the country a disturbed girl he has become sweet on.
She is accused of murdering an up-to-no-good handyman (Maxwell Reed) in the grounds of her avuncular butterfly-collecting ward (Barry Jones). His wife (Sonja Dresdel, rather hamming it up) is a less sympathetic character. The question is did they, or an outsider, do it? Or was it the niece (Jean Simmons) after all?
Not only are the police (led by a youthful Kenneth More) pursuing them but Howard's former agency too. The chase goes on practically all round Britain before reaching a dramatic conclusion. We get some good location shots of the Lake District and Liverpool's dockland.
Howard is excellent as usual but the film is every bit as much 21-year-old Simmons'. This was already about her 18th British feature (her last for a while when Howard Hughes got her under contract without her initial knowledge) and here she convincingly portrays new, grittier psycho-analytical territory. Is she insane, or suffering the after-effects of childhood trauma (she saw her parents die)? The film presages "Angel Face" in exploring a darker side of her than usual.
Commanding attention whenever she appears she is every inch the star even when "disguised" as a teenage lad in shapeless male garb and her beautiful locks cropped. Some might scoff at the closing scene where she can't outwit her pursuer on dockland rooftops, but it's an exciting finale all the same.
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on 15 July 2012
After being forced out of the British Secret Service, an ex-agent (Trevor Howard) accepts a position cataloging butterflies at a country estate. There, he falls in love with a strange girl (Jean Simmons). When the girl is accused of murdering a gamekeeper (Maxwell Reed), the ex-agent and the girl go on the run with the police and secret service in full pursuit. The term Hitchcockian is overused and often applied to almost any routine thriller. In this particular case however, the appellation is justified. Directed by Ralph Thomas from an original screenplay by Janet Green (Ford's 7 WOMEN), this is a well crafted thriller in the style of THE 39 STEPS with a marvelous red herring in the plot to point you in the wrong direction. The score is by Benjamin Frankel (NIGHT OF THE IGUANA). With Kenneth More, Barry Jones, Sonia Dresdel, Geoffrey Keen, Marianne Stone and Eric Pohlmann.

The Eureka DVD is, for the most part, a decent transfer. It's a little rough around the edges but not enough to distract from your enjoyment.
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on 26 January 2017
I hadn't heard of "The Clouded Yellow" before it was posted on the Geordie expats website, but have just watched it on DVD. Yes, Trevor Howard is too old as a heroic saviour for Jean Simmons. Yes, the start is slow and too wordy. Yes, there is way too much smoking (but mercifully no swearing). The storyline about a confused innocent fugitive is familiar, so it's a re-make of The Thirty Nine Steps. But so was The Bourne Identity and many others, each with its own twist. What makes this film special is the cinematography of Newcastle, in black and white of course: moody atmospheric shots of Castle Garth and Stairs. You can almost taste the smokestack and feel the coal dust gathering in your throat. Pity they couldn't find any Geordie speakers for the locals. But there are also some delightful surprises: who knew you could make a not-so-fast getaway from London by merchant ship to the Tyne? Great fun.
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on 27 November 2016
Great golden oldie. Trevor Howard is particularly good in this one - the part seems to have been written with him in mind. Excellent sound and picture. Well worth a watch if you are a fan of 50's b/w's.
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on 4 October 2010
This is a fast-paced, engrossing story with great performances from the entire cast, and including fascinating exterior shooting. But, as has been noted by several reviewers, this DVD transfer is disappointing. It is not the vintage of the film, one suspects, but a problem with the production of the item - there is considerable image instability that leaves you wondering whether the thing is about to freeze at any moment.
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VINE VOICEon 18 August 2016
THis is a great film. IT takes a while to build up but once it starts the tension builds steadily to a thrilling climax. that has the most blase' viewer sweating it out on the edge of the chair.

The story builds with all sorts of agencies chasing the fugitives. Very clever indeed.
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on 23 August 2013
Technically this item is a bit of a mess: the picture is jumpy and patchy, and the sound level is very low, but the story is strong enough hold the attention. Trevor Howard plays an ex-secret service agent who takes a job cataloguing a butterfly collection and gets involved in a murder plot. The other leading players are Jean Simmons and Barry Jones (you may remember him as the mad scientist who threatens to blow up the centre of London in Seven Days To Noon). Four stars for the film, two stars for the DVD.
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on 30 November 2014
I agree with several other comments on this film. Yes, it is an interesting snapshot of the period with some stunning shots of London, Newcastle and Liverpool and both leads are excellent. It does have some resemblance to 'The 39 Steps' and it has some tense moments but director Thomas is no Hitchcock and the plotting leaves something to be desired. However, the real problem lies with the quality of the print which is amongst the worst I have seen from a reputable supplier. I also think that Eureka should refund money or at least put a sticker on the cover saying that this is the best possible print available.........if indeed it is.
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VINE VOICEon 24 November 2013
I love this film. Trevor Howard shows he really can act and the story has a wonderful twist at the end. A great British thriller from an era when we really knew how to make them.

A film to watch again and again.
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on 11 June 2016
Fine thriller with excellent cast. Make sure you get the DVD with release date 2010 and the yellow cover. It has a length of 90 minutes and is 9 minutes longer than the DVD released in 2008 with the black cover. I found the print quality to be more than watchable. It's not perfect. But don't be discouraged from buying the DVD. The clouded yellow by the way refers to a type of butterfly.
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