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The Green Cockatoo (1937)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 18 August 1947 (USA)
A young girl is traveling to London to find work. Arriving at the station, she meets a man who has been stabbed by a member of a gang of crooks involved with greyhound racing. She becomes a... See full summary »

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René Ray ...
Eileen
Charles Oliver ...
Terrell, gang boss
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Madison, tall henchman
Julian Vedey ...
Steve, short henchman
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Dave Connor
Allan Jeayes ...
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Frank Atkinson ...
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A young girl is traveling to London to find work. Arriving at the station, she meets a man who has been stabbed by a member of a gang of crooks involved with greyhound racing. She becomes a suspect but flees the scene in order to deliver a message to the dead man's brother. She is protected from the police by a night club entertainer, who she learns is the man she is seeking. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The story of a country girl lost in the city...and a tap dancer who's toes meant death! See more »

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Crime | Drama

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18 August 1947 (USA)  »

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Al pappagallo verde  »

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(Western Electric Apparatus)

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1.37 : 1
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This film received its New York City television premiere Friday 21 July 1950 on WPIX (Channel 11). See more »

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Smoky Joe
Music and lyric by William Kernell
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Mixed bag.
16 July 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a real mixed bag of a film, which could have been a lot better if the screenplay had been kept more taut and tense. The basis of Graham Greene's novel is certainly there, as are some of the characterisations with Rene Ray as wide-eyed innocent in the big city, and Robert Newton playing a low-key role to good effect. There's even TV's Fabian of the Yard, Bruce Seton, playing a gangster. The one major cuckoo in the nest is John Mills, who is quite hopelessly miscast in the lead role. He comes across as a watered down, British version of James Cagney! In a long and distinguished film career, this is probably his most forgettable performance. The changes in his accent are pretty hilarious, and some of the dialogue phony, to say the least. On the plus side, the photography is impressive, in that an atmosphere of the dingy side of the city is invoked, and the gangsters look suitably menacing. And, it could be said to be a forerunner of the later film noir series from the USA. Unfortunately, as other reviewers have pointed out, it is too talky with not enough action, and could have been a lot better given the talent at its disposal.


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