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Yellow Canary (1943)

Approved | | Drama, Thriller | 13 December 1943 (UK)
A woman wrongfully accused of being a Nazi sympathizer is forced to move to Halifax, a city in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia.

Director:

Herbert Wilcox

Writers:

P.M. Bower (by), Miles Malleson (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anna Neagle ... Sally Maitland
Richard Greene ... Lieutenant Commander Jim Garrick
Nova Pilbeam ... Betty Maitland
Albert Lieven ... Capt. Jan Orlock
Lucie Mannheim ... Madame Orlock
George Thorpe George Thorpe ... Colonel Charles Hargraves
Marjorie Fielding Marjorie Fielding ... Lady Maitland
Franklin Dyall Franklin Dyall ... Captain Foster
Margaret Rutherford ... Mrs. Towcester
Claude Bailey Claude Bailey ... Major Fothergill
Sybille Binder ... Madame Orlock's Attendant (as Sybilla Binder)
Valentine Dyall ... German Commander
Cyril Fletcher Cyril Fletcher ... And Introducing Entertainer
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Storyline

In 1940 Sally Maitland is forced to leave England, ostracised as a Nazi sympathiser by everyone including her well-to-do family. On the ship to Halifax, Canada, she is courted by Polish aristocrat Jan Orloch and by awkward British navel intelligence officer Jimmy Garrick. She shows herself somewhat more amenable to Orloch's advances, and agrees to meet his mother in Halifax. Once there however, it becomes clear no-one is really who they say they are. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

13 December 1943 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Contra-Espionagem See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to the AFI Catalog entry for this film, the UK release has a running time of 95 minutes, the US release was cut to 84 minutes. See more »

Goofs

When the passengers of the ship are being checked by Canadian Customs upon arrival in Halifax, Major Fothergill walks right past the agent, following Mrs. Towcester, without showing his passport or being questioned. See more »

Quotes

Ship's Steward: I've been torpedoed 5 times. Ah, you get used to it.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: SEPTEMBER, 1940. See more »

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Referenced in The Falls (1980) See more »

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Enjoyable spy thriller
5 September 1999 | by Penfold-13See all my reviews

British, made in 1943, which tells you the ideological basis of the film.

It's a well-worked story of deception and counter-deception, mostly set in Halifax, NS. Evil Nazi agents and heroic British agents, with Richard Greene looking handsomer than ever in the van, mount operations against each other. Anna Neagle plays a double agent, which means she has to act acting, a test of ability which she carries off very well.

Margaret Rutherford has a stormer of a cameo role, shamelessly stealing every scene she's in. Her line "Wouldn't it be nice to do something violent?" is a classic.

Well above average example of routine genre.


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