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The Clouded Yellow (1950)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 25 December 1950 (UK)
A former British agent is employed at the Fenton country estate where he aids Fenton's niece elude the police when she's unjustly accused of murdering a local gamekeeper.

Director:

Ralph Thomas

Writers:

Janet Green (original story by), Janet Green (screenplay by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jean Simmons ... Sophie Malraux
Trevor Howard ... Maj. David Somers
Sonia Dresdel ... Jess Fenton
Barry Jones ... Nicholas Fenton
Kenneth More ... Willy Shepley
Geoffrey Keen ... Police Inspector
André Morell ... Secret Service Chief Chubb (as Andre Morell)
Michael Brennan Michael Brennan ... Superintendent Ross
Gerard Heinz ... Dr. Karl Cesare
Lily Kann Lily Kann ... Minna Cesare
Eric Pohlmann ... Greek taxidermist
Richard Wattis ... Employment Agent
Sandra Dorne ... Kyra
Maire O'Neill Maire O'Neill ... Nora
Maxwell Reed ... Hick
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Storyline

When Secret Service agent David Somers is fired, he takes a quiet job with the Fentons at their country estate - cataloging butterflies, hence the title insect. David grows fond of Jess Fenton's niece, a fragile, fey young woman named Sophie. Because he hates traps of any kind, he reacts quickly when Sophie is framed for the murder of Hick, the nasty handyman. He helps her escape London by using his agent's skills and a network of old friends. The pair lead the police and David's ex-employers an exciting chase, from Newcastle to the Lake District to Liverpool. As the fugitives try to catch a ship for France, everyone, including the murderer, join in the finale. Written by Mike Rogers <MICHAELPEM.@aol.com>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1950 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Auf falscher Spur See more »

Filming Locations:

County Durham, England, UK See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Carillon Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(video)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

A Newcastle trolley bus with an orange top, which was the corporation's colour, was repainted yellow to tie in with the film title despite the film being in black and white. See more »

Goofs

The Lake District sequence opens with Willy Shepley in search of David Somers and Sylvia. The clock behind him shows it is ten past ten in the morning. It then cuts to a shop where David and Sylvia are buying food. The shopkeeper, when asked, says there is no fresh bread as the baker doesn't call until half past nine. See more »

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wasted thriller
17 April 2008 | by RanchoTuVuSee all my reviews

A young woman (Jean Simmons) is convinced by her scheming and dangerous aunt (Sonia Dresdel) and uncle (Barry Jones) that she's losing her mind and in very delicate condition that requires their supervision which turns out to be more like manipulation, as they try to keep her as far away from outside human contact as possible. The only other person she sees is the estate caretaker, a lascivious character played by Maxwell Reed, whose caught the wayward eye of the middle-aged aunt. All of this, the aunt and the caretaker, the butterfly expert uncle who has a serious underside to him, and the susceptible niece in the middle, would have made for a darker and more sinister film. As it is, a frame-up for a murder sends Trevor Howard (a fired government secret service agent who took a job at the estate cataloging butterflies) and Simmons across the countryside escaping police, catching headlines of "Police Net Closing In" over her front page photo, hopping on buses, and winding up in Liverpool, where they meet some wonderfully cast characters, and finally face down the greedy and murderous aunt and uncle.


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