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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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Complete credited cast:
Jean Muir ...
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Jim Sundean
Ruth Donnelly ...
Mrs. Byng
Minna Gombell ...
Grete Lovscheim
Walter Kingsford ...
Marcus Lovscheim
John Eldredge ...
Francis Talley
Gordon Westcott ...
Dr. Roberts
Addison Richards ...
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
Noel Francis ...
Elise
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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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Turgid Mystery
10 March 2016 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Routine whodunit, more complex than most. Seems Sue (Muir) travels to a French village to meet her long lost brother, so that once their identities are confirmed, they'll share a big inheritance. Trouble is people start turning up dead at their hotel, while Sue seemingly overcomes physics by appearing in more than one place at the same time. So what's going on.

Unlike the Hollywood custom of the day, there's no amateur sleuth operating here. Instead guest Sundean (Cortez) stumbles around along with the French cops. Reviewer GManfred is right: the narrative lacks suspense. I think it's mainly because there are too many angles at play at the same time. In short, too many subplots detract from needed whodunnit focus. Instead, there's dark Gothic atmosphere, along with a single wind recording that blows throughout. Anyway, Muir looks pretty, Donnelly acts ditzy, while the Cockatoo qualifies for SAG membership. But anything memorable, it's not.


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