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The Case of the Black Parrot (1941)

Sandy Vantine and her uncle, Paul Vantine, return from Europe with an antique cabinet purchased during their trip. Jim Moore, a reporter who had met Sandy and fallen for her during the ... See full summary »

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Jim Moore
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Sandy Vantine
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Tripod Daniels
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Max Armand
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Madame de Charriere
Charles Waldron ...
Paul Vantine (as Charles D. Waldron)
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Grady
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Simmonds
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Julia
Cyril Thornton ...
Rogers
Leyland Hodgson ...
Parks
Ernie Stanton ...
Colonel Piggott
Cliff Saum ...
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Sandy Vantine and her uncle, Paul Vantine, return from Europe with an antique cabinet purchased during their trip. Jim Moore, a reporter who had met Sandy and fallen for her during the voyage, suspects something odd about the cabinet. His suspicions are confirmed when people who have touched the cabinet mysteriously die. Jim and Sandy set out to solve the mystery before anyone else can become a victim. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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THE SIGN OF THE BLACK PARROT! Six doomed to die...at the hands of Europe's arch criminal! (original poster) See more »


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11 January 1941 (USA)  »

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El loro negro  »

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The clock in Vantine's house was also used in Midnight Alibi 1934 , where it played an important part in the plot . See more »

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Pedestrian
19 February 2018 | by See all my reviews

Lacklustre whodunit from Warners. Plot concerns a valuable antique cabinet being brought back from France to US. The furniture item appears a mysterious piece of work that may or may not be a copy of the real thing. Reporter Moore (Lundigan) and ditzy photographer Tripod (Foy Jr.) get involved with the cabinet and an exotic someone calling himself The Black Parrot. Soon a series of mysterious deaths occur surrounding the furniture piece. Is the Parrot responsible and just who is he really.

It's a typical amateur sleuth programmer from that period. Unfortunately, the results are dimmer than most. Only the unknown method of killing registers as imaginative. Otherwise, the acting, visuals, and script are pedestrian, at best. Moreover, I don't recall a single scene not taking place on a set. It's a real cheapo for the otherwise respectable Warner Bros. I suspect the project was mainly to showcase pretty boy Lundigan-- who parades through his part-- in hopes of advancing his career. If so, I doubt that it worked for him any better than it does for the audience.


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