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The Clouded Yellow (1950)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 25 December 1950 (UK)
When Secret Service agent David Somers is fired, he takes a quiet job with the Fentons at their country estate - cataloging butterflies, hence the title insect. David grows fond of Jess ... See full summary »

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Maj. David Somers
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Jess Fenton
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Nicholas Fenton
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Willy Shepley
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Police Inspector
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Secret Service Chief Chubb (as Andre Morell)
Michael Brennan ...
Superintendent Ross
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Dr. Karl Cesare
Lily Kann ...
Minna Cesare
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Greek taxidermist
Richard Wattis ...
Employment Agent
Sandra Dorne ...
Kyra
Maire O'Neill ...
Nora
Maxwell Reed ...
Hick
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When Secret Service agent David Somers is fired, he takes a quiet job with the Fentons at their country estate - cataloging butterflies, hence the title insect. David grows fond of Jess Fenton's niece, a fragile, fey young woman named Sophie. Because he hates traps of any kind, he reacts quickly when Sophie is framed for the murder of Hick, the nasty handyman. He helps her escape London by using his agent's skills and a network of old friends. The pair lead the police and David's ex-employers an exciting chase, from Newcastle to the Lake District to Liverpool. As the fugitives try to catch a ship for France, everyone, including the murderer, join in the finale. Written by Mike Rogers <MICHAELPEM.@aol.com>

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A Newcastle trolley bus with an orange top, which was the corporation's colour, was repainted yellow to tie in with the film title despite the film being in black and white. See more »

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Love is like a butterfly, as soft and gentle as a sigh.
29 August 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Clouded Yellow is directed by Ralph Thomas and written by Eric Ambler and Janet Green. It stars Trevor Howard, Jean Simmons, Sonia Dresdel, Barry Jones, Kenneth More and Geoffrey Keen.

Taut British spy thriller with Hitchcockian flavours, The Clouded Yellow finds David Somers (Howard) as an ex-secret service operative working as a butterfly cataloguer who finds himself neck deep in a murder plot. Set in the North of England, with some good locations to be spotted by the keen of English eye, the story revolves around the murderous goings on at the stately home where Somers now works. With Sophie Mairaux (Simmons) the chief suspect, Somers comes to believe she is innocent and sets about proving so.

It follows a reliable formula, where the set-up introduces the main players, the hero in waiting takes it upon himself to use his skills to prove he's right, which builds to an odd couple on the lam final quarter of film. The strength is in the characterisations, particularly Somers with his past hanging heavy on his mind, and Mairaux and her current predicaments which involve her being surrounded by vile people. Thomas directs assuredly, mixing the drama with humour and affection, and the suspense and mystery elements are maintained up until the dramatic conclusion. Cast are suitably in good tune with the material, with Howard and Simmons making a compelling and complex coupling. 7/10


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