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The Green Cockatoo (1937)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 18 August 1947 (USA)
A young girl is travelling 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 ... See full summary »

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Ted Berkman (screenplay and dialogue) (as Edward O. Berkman), Graham Greene (story and scenario)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Mills ... Jim Connor
Rene Ray Rene Ray ... Eileen (as René Ray)
Charles Oliver ... Terrell - Gang Boss
Bruce Seton ... Madison - Tall Henchman
Julian Vedey Julian Vedey ... Steve - Short Henchman
Robert Newton ... Dave Connor
Allan Jeayes Allan Jeayes ... The Detective Inspector
Frank Atkinson Frank Atkinson ... Protheroe - the Butler
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Storyline

A young girl is travelling 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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 August 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Al pappagallo verde See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Apparatus)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Eileen (Rene Ray) quotes from "Romeo and Juliet" Act 2 scene 2: "Sleep dwell upon thine eyes, peace in thy breast. Would I were sleep and peace, so sweet to rest." See more »

Quotes

Protheroe - the Butler: Speaking in generalities and being unacquainted as to the actual details of the case, I should say that the conveyance of the information in question to the proper authorities would be virtually mandatory.
Steve - Short Henchman: What's 'e talkin' about?
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Knightsbridge March
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Music by Eric Coates
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Graham Greene Cockatoo
24 November 2011 | by david-friezeSee all my reviews

The credits of this mediocre little thriller are impressive: scenario by Graham Greene, direction by William Cameron Menzies, music by Miklos Rozsa. But whatever interest may have been in Greene's original story has been washed away by clichés, Menzies' direction is brisk but uninspiring, and the best part of Rozsa's score is by Eric Coates. Also, a babyfaced John Mills is completely unconvincing as a tough guy (and his singing and dancing aren't up to much either), and Rene Ray does virtually nothing with the role of an innocent country girl who no sooner sets foot in the big city than she is falsely accused of murder. At least it's short.


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