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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 »

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Production Co:

Carillon Films See more »
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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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Featured in Film Profile: Betty Box and Ralph Thomas (1961) See more »

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Good Old Trevor Howard
6 April 2010 | by robert-temple-1See all my reviews

If it weren't for good old Trevor Howard, this film would not be nearly so interesting. He is always enjoyable to watch, as he is always convincing and we want to see what he will get up to. Here he is thrown out of MI-6, the foreign secret service, rather unceremoniously after years of brilliant service in the field, and has to find some work. He ends up taking a temporary job cataloguing butterflies, of which the Clouded Yellow is a particularly pretty one which comes across the English Channel in a good summer and flutters around as delightfully as Jean Simmons. And yes, she is living in the rambling country house where the butterfly collection is. She is the psychologically disturbed and mysteriously orphaned niece of a rather creepy aunt and uncle. Or at least they say, rather too often, that Jean is psychologically disturbed. But is she really? Did she witness as a very young child what really happened to her parents? They say she 'found them'. But did she see who killed them? Clearly there is some vintage mystery material here. Jean Simmons at this stage in her career had very bushy eyebrows and looked more like a trapped wild animal than a girl. Alas, she did not have the magically convincing wildness of Jennifer Jones in GONE TO EARTH (1950, see my review), or this film could have become something of a classic. The direction by Ralph Thomas is also rather uninspired and pedestrian. So this film never really rises to the level of a butterfly's flight. Come to that, the story is pretty contrived and corny. The film is a tasty amuse-bouche, but should never be confused with a main course.


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