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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
John Eldredge ...
Francis Talley
Gordon Westcott ...
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 ...
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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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A Wee Windy
10 February 2016 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

Wind whistles throughout this picture from start to finish, presumably to bring some much-needed atmosphere and an aura of mystery to a pedestrian WB second feature set in an empty seaside hotel on the French coast; see other reviewers for a plot summary. It gets off to a good start but falters halfway through and becomes a potboiler-style drama, relying shamelessly on contrivance before stumbling to a questionable conclusion.

"The White Cockatoo" features an attractive cast, though, and stars genial, good-natured Ricardo Cortez (he of the sunny disposition), and lovely Jean Muir. On hand also are Ruth Donnelly as a ditzy schoolteacher, as well as Addison Richards, Minna Gombell and Walter Kingsford. The cockatoo in question is hardly noticeable, which makes you wonder why it's used in the picture's title. The main takeaway is the lack of suspense and tension, which detracts greatly from the overall enjoyment of a picture designed to mystify and frighten.


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