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The Canary Sedan 

Laura Bowlby is a psychic who is traveling to Hong Kong to reunite with her businessman husband. Upon her arrival, arrangements are made to purchase for her a black sedan. Mrs. Bowlby says ... See full summary »

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Laura Bowlby is a psychic who is traveling to Hong Kong to reunite with her businessman husband. Upon her arrival, arrangements are made to purchase for her a black sedan. Mrs. Bowlby says she would prefer a different color, perhaps yellow. The car dealer is taken aback, as he reveals that the car was once canary yellow before a recent paint job. While being driven by her chauffeur, Laura begins to hear a woman's voice. The voice tells Laura about a passionate affair. Laura longs for such passion in her life because her husband James is quite unromantic and cold. After some research, Laura finds the woman's house, and also the inscription that she overheard the woman talking about, an inscription that the woman and her lover left in the concrete repair of her fishpond. As Laura examines the inscription, she is unpleasantly surprised to see the initials of the woman along with the initials of her own husband, James. Written by NavyFlyer1325

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15 June 1958 (USA)  »

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Driving Miss Tandy
15 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

The Canary Sedan is a very well plotted tale from the half-hour Hitchcock series, third season. It's set in an exotic locale (Hong Kong), and it features no American characters.

After all the Hitchcock domestic strife and wife murdering episodes this is something completely different. Jessica Tandy plays the lead character, Mrs Bowlby the wife of a British banker in Hong Kong, still a part of the rapidly declining British empire of the time.

Miss Tandy's character has a gift, can guess past and future events, as we learn when she'll still on ship (yes, it's that long ago, though modern feeling for the Fifties); and one wonders what ailment kept her away in England so long. Psych issues? I don't recall this being mentioned.

The plot thickens when, at the urging of her very busy husband she acquires a sedan, and a driver to go with it, wishes that it had been canary yellow instead of a darker color and,--lo!--this was precisely its color before its previous owner sold it, and then it was repainted; there's no reason given for the paint color change; and this gives one pause.

Mysteries abound in this episode, and presented, intriguingly, as little mysteries, some of which make the viewer wonder if Mrs Bowlby is losing her mind. She hears voices when being driven around the city, begins to determine the names of the people she hears.

The story is aided by eerie background music similar to that used in the later TV anthology series One Step Beyond, which dealt with the paranormal, also a feature in this episode. Or is it? Its main character may be hearing messages from Beyond, and yet she could also be having a nervous breakdown.

Tandy is superb in the lead, and she plays her character with dignity and class. Her performance has hints that the character she's portraying may be either confused by the sounds of the city or perhaps a little sick in the head. Or perhaps more than a little.

The ending, which I shall not give away or even hint at, is disturbing in its quietude, possesses a dark calm that does not feel like a conclusion. This is a brilliant entry in the series, and it's not one for the children; nor even, for that matter, teenagers; and not because it's shocking or sensational but because it's so adult


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