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The White Cockatoo (1935)

Passed | | Mystery | 29 January 1935 (USA)
Sue Tally waits for a brother she hasn't seen in twenty years to meet her in a French hotel. By proving her identity, she'll share in a $2,000,000 inheritance. But others are anxious to get... See full summary »

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Jim Sundean
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Mrs. Byng
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Grete Lovscheim
Walter Kingsford ...
Marcus Lovscheim
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Francis Talley
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Dr. Roberts
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David Lorn
Pauline Garon ...
Marianne
Arnaud de Bordes ...
Marcel (as Arnaud De Bordes)
Ben Hewlett ...
Michael Stravsky (as Bentley Hewlett)
André Cheron ...
Commissaire of Police (as Andre Cheron)
Georges Renavent ...
Pierre
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Sue Tally waits for a brother she hasn't seen in twenty years to meet her in a French hotel. By proving her identity, she'll share in a $2,000,000 inheritance. But others are anxious to get a share of the money too, and won't stop at committing a murder or two. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Clue Club #1: The White Cockatoo  »

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Clever Gothic whodunit
1 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The White Cockatoo is a well-paced and well-plotted old dark house mystery starring Ricardo Cortez (very good as usual) and pretty Jean Muir, an all-but-forgotten actress who bore a striking resemblance to Gloria Stuart. Set in a remote French hotel (on the Warner's back lot), and utilizing several authentically French actors in minor roles, the story involves an attempted kidnapping, a stolen inheritance, several impersonations and a couple of murders. Though typical of the second feature crime dramas of the era, it's a much-better-than-average version of that genre and makes for an enjoyable 73 minutes of intrigue, with hidden rooms, stolen papers, long-lost siblings and some genuine surprises.

The main attraction here is the strong supporting cast of Warner's stalwarts: Addison Richards, Ruth Donnelly, Minna Gombell (more glamorous than usual), Walter Kingsford, John Eldredge and Gordon Westcott. Oh, and there's also a nice little performance by Poochie, the titular white cockatoo. They all manage to bring some dimension to the characters, a quality which--along with a well-constructed story and better pacing than the average film of this ilk--elevates the picture to what I would call a B+. Highly recommended for fans of the genre.


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