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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, Nova Scotia, Canada.


Herbert Wilcox


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




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 ... 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


In 1940, Sally Maitland (Anna Neagle) is forced to leave England, ostracised as a Nazi sympathiser by everyone including her well-to-do family. On the ship to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, she is courted by Polish aristocrat Jan Orlock (Albert Lieven) and by awkward British Naval Intelligence Officer Lieutenant Commander Jimmy Garrick (Richard Greene). She shows herself somewhat more amenable to Orlock'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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The absorbing drama of a strange secret and the girl whose life it cursed! See more »


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This movie appears to amalgamate various real events of September 1940. "The Evening News" headlines a time bomb explosion outside Buckingham Palace. The Palace was bombed seven times during the war (including an incident with a fifty kilogram delayed action high explosive, which harmlessly landed in the grounds), most notably on September 13, when a bomb landed in front of the Palace, damaging Queen Victoria's memorial and razing the chapel. However, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth were in residence during this morning attack, unlike in this movie. See more »


The first time the cigarette case is opened, to signify the owners Nazi sympathies, the engraved swastika is reversed...the open-ended bars pointing downward. At the end of the film when the same cigarette case is opened, the engraved swastika has been corrected. Obviously 2 separate cases were used, one correct, one not. See more »


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

The MPPDA seal appears on the opening RKO Radio logo on the American print instead of its usual place in the credits. See more »


Referenced in The Falls (1980) See more »

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17 March 2017 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Yellow Canary has a daring story considering it was made in 1943 but it is also a flag waving propaganda movie as well. Inspired by someone like Unity Mitford, Anna Neagle plays the socialite Sally Maitland who is in sympathy with the Nazis and an admirer of Hitler.

Maitland is sent over to Canada and trailing her are spies from Britain and Germany. However it seems Maitland might be in fact a double agent on a mission in Canada to uncover a Nazi spy network.

The film is brisk but also silly especially when Maitland is so careless at one point with a British agent.

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Release Date:

13 December 1943 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El canario amarillo See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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