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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 ... 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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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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She Lost Herself But Found Murder! 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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Mono (Western Electric Apparatus)

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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 »

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Train Passenger: Small town is the nation's greatest tragedy. Each small town gives of its best and gets nothing in return. There is no economic absorption of the energies of youth. Children are forced to leave their parents and go away into the city and their lives become a series of occasional visits to the one they love. I hate cities! You must be careful in London.
Eileen: Why?
Train Passenger: Because London is full of inequity; lecherous men, strange women, robbers, thieves, gamblers!
Eileen: But I always thought London would be ...
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Smoky Joe
Music and lyric by William Kernell
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Very entertaining!
11 April 2018 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

At the start of his career, Robert Newton connected with producer Alexander Korda, who introduced him to film audiences in 1937 with small parts in a few movies. He played a barrister alongside Laurence Olivier in 21 Days Together, which was shelved for three years, shared a scene with Vivien Leigh in Dark Journey, acted with both in Fire Over England, and was in I, Claudius, which was shelved for thirty years. It was his memorable, likable role in The Green Cockatoo that propelled him to the next batch of films. By 1939, he was a star.

Robert Newton starts off The Green Cockatoo in confident, Cockney swagger. He doesn't seem at all like an inexperienced actor, and as you watch him, you've completely forgotten that John Mills got billed above the title in the opening credits. He's a bit of a bad boy, and when he crosses his gambling cohorts, he receives the ultimate punishment. He's only onscreen for fifteen minutes, but since he was so magnetic during his scenes, and since he's talked about by the other characters the rest of the movie, it feels like he had a much bigger part.

Alas, we have to say goodbye to Bobbie. The good news is John Mills takes over and is just as magnetic. He punches bad guys, flirts around with the beautiful romantic lead, Rene Ray, and is more energetic than I've ever seen him. Plus, when he gets mad and his hair gets mussed, he's awfully cute. But more importantly, he does a very good job in this obscure movie as a completely different character than he usually plays. He plays a performer in a nightclub, and he sings and tap dances, showing talents no one knew he had!

Rene Ray is given a difficult part: her character is incredibly stupid, but she has to make the audience root for her anyway. She's very pretty, and that doesn't hurt, but she manages to convince the audience she has very good intentions. Even though I didn't agree with what she was doing, I was rooting for her anyway.

Obviously, I liked this movie, so I'll recommend you give it a watch. It's only an hour long, so you might want to pair it with another flick for the evening, like Odd Man Out. But it's very entertaining, and you get to see John Mills tap dance!


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