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The Case of the Black Parrot (1941)

Sandy Vantine and her uncle, Paul Vantine, return from Europe with an antique cabinet purchased during their trip. Jim Moore, a reporter who had met Sandy and fallen for her during the ... See full summary »

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Noel M. Smith

Writers:

Robert E. Kent (screenplay), Eleanor Robson Belmont (play) (as Eleanor Robeson Belmont) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Lundigan ... Jim Moore
Maris Wrixon ... Sandy Vantine
Eddie Foy Jr. ... Tripod Daniels
Paul Cavanagh ... Max Armand
Luli Deste ... Madame de Charriere
Charles Waldron Charles Waldron ... Paul Vantine (as Charles D. Waldron)
Joseph Crehan ... Grady
Emory Parnell ... Simmonds
Phyllis Barry ... Julia
Cyril Thornton Cyril Thornton ... Rogers
Leyland Hodgson ... Parks
Ernie Stanton Ernie Stanton ... Colonel Piggott
Cliff Saum Cliff Saum ... Morel
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Storyline

Sandy Vantine and her uncle, Paul Vantine, return from Europe with an antique cabinet purchased during their trip. Jim Moore, a reporter who had met Sandy and fallen for her during the voyage, suspects something odd about the cabinet. His suspicions are confirmed when people who have touched the cabinet mysteriously die. Jim and Sandy set out to solve the mystery before anyone else can become a victim. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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THE SIGN OF THE BLACK PARROT! Six doomed to die...at the hands of Europe's arch criminal! (original poster) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

11 January 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El loro negro See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

George Campeau (Clerk) and Creighton Hale (Ship passenger) were in studio records/casting call lists for those roles, but do not appear in the movie. Louis Natheaux (Theophile Daurelle) is barely seen with his back to the camera as he stumbles in a dark room; his face is never shown. See more »

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Pedestrian
19 February 2018 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Lacklustre whodunit from Warners. Plot concerns a valuable antique cabinet being brought back from France to US. The furniture item appears a mysterious piece of work that may or may not be a copy of the real thing. Reporter Moore (Lundigan) and ditzy photographer Tripod (Foy Jr.) get involved with the cabinet and an exotic someone calling himself The Black Parrot. Soon a series of mysterious deaths occur surrounding the furniture piece. Is the Parrot responsible and just who is he really.

It's a typical amateur sleuth programmer from that period. Unfortunately, the results are dimmer than most. Only the unknown method of killing registers as imaginative. Otherwise, the acting, visuals, and script are pedestrian, at best. Moreover, I don't recall a single scene not taking place on a set. It's a real cheapo for the otherwise respectable Warner Bros. I suspect the project was mainly to showcase pretty boy Lundigan-- who parades through his part-- in hopes of advancing his career. If so, I doubt that it worked for him any better than it does for the audience.


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