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Yellow Canary (1943)

Approved | | Drama, Thriller | 13 December 1943 (UK)
In the 1940's a woman is wrongfully accused of being a Nazi sympathizer and forced to move to Halifax, a city in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia.

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Sally Maitland
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Lieutenant Commander Jim Garrick
Nova Pilbeam ...
Betty Maitland
Albert Lieven ...
Capt. Jan Orlock
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Madame Orlock
George Thorpe ...
Colonel Charles Hargraves
Marjorie Fielding ...
Lady Maitland
Franklin Dyall ...
Captain Foster
Margaret Rutherford ...
Mrs. Towcester
Claude Bailey ...
Major Fothergill
Sybille Binder ...
Madame Orlock's Attendant (as Sybilla Binder)
Valentine Dyall ...
German Commander
Cyril Fletcher ...
And Introducing Entertainer
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In 1940 Sally Maitland is forced to leave England, ostracised as a Nazi sympathiser by everyone including her well-to-do family. On the ship to Halifax, Canada, she is courted by Polish aristocrat Jan Orloch and by awkward British navel intelligence officer Jimmy Garrick. She shows herself somewhat more amenable to Orloch's advances, and agrees to meet his mother in Halifax. Once there however, it becomes clear no-one is really who they say they are. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Trivia

Cyril Fletcher recites one of his Odd Odes in cabaret (as he genuinely did during WWII), ending with the knowing comment: "Was her journey really necessary?" As well as being a sly dig at Sally, this alludes to the contemporary posters produced by the Railway Executive Committee which urged the public not to make unnecessary use of the railways. See more »

Goofs

At the end Garrick mentions that the cigarette case with the swastika inside saved Sally's life when she was shot by the Nazi Orlock. However the cigarette case does not appear to be damaged. See more »

Crazy Credits

The MPPDA seal appears on the opening RKO Radio logo on the American print instead of its usual place in the credits. See more »

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Referenced in The Falls (1980) See more »

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Enjoyable spy thriller
5 September 1999 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

British, made in 1943, which tells you the ideological basis of the film.

It's a well-worked story of deception and counter-deception, mostly set in Halifax, NS. Evil Nazi agents and heroic British agents, with Richard Greene looking handsomer than ever in the van, mount operations against each other. Anna Neagle plays a double agent, which means she has to act acting, a test of ability which she carries off very well.

Margaret Rutherford has a stormer of a cameo role, shamelessly stealing every scene she's in. Her line "Wouldn't it be nice to do something violent?" is a classic.

Well above average example of routine genre.


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