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The Boy Who Turned Yellow (1972)

John and his class go on a school trip to the Tower of London. While he is there he loses his pet mouse and vows to return and find her later. Back in school, he is not very attentive and ... See full summary »


Michael Powell


Emeric Pressburger (original story), Emeric Pressburger (screenplay)
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Complete credited cast:
Mark Dightam Mark Dightam ... John
Robert Eddison ... Nick
Helen Weir Helen Weir ... Mrs. Saunders
Brian Worth Brian Worth ... Mr. Saunders
Esmond Knight ... Doctor
Laurence Carter Laurence Carter ... Schoolteacher
Patrick McAlinney ... Supreme Beefeater
Lem Dobbs Lem Dobbs ... Munro (as Lem Kitaj)


John and his class go on a school trip to the Tower of London. While he is there he loses his pet mouse and vows to return and find her later. Back in school, he is not very attentive and falls asleep during a lesson about electricity so his teacher sends him home. On the 'tube' there is a sudden flash, and John, the train and all of the passengers turn yellow. With the help of Nick (short for 'Electronic') John learns about electricity, invades the Tower of London and saves his pet mouse ... or was it a dream. This is the Powell & Pressburger touch applied to children's films. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Release Date:

16 September 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Der gelbe Junge See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)
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Last film of Brian Worth. See more »


Doctor: [referring to John] He's a picture of health. A rather discoloured picture.
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Crazy Credits

Our thanks to The Governor of the Tower of London, the London Transport Executive and Studio Film Laboratories Ltd. ... FOR TURNING THEMSELVES YELLOW. See more »


References The Great Escape (1963) See more »

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Disappointing last shot from The Archers
13 January 2009 | by darren shanSee all my reviews

This simple children's film, made as a way of educating kids through "fun" means, is a small-scale, very dated piece of fluff that would have long ago been lost to cinema history if not for one very crucial element -- it was the final pairing of one of film's finest partnerships, director Michael Powell and writer Emeric Pressburger. After a string of cinematic marvels in the 1940s (including The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp, Black Narcissus, The Red Shoes, and A Matter Of Life And Death), their fortunes faded. They kept up their partnership as The Archers until 1957, made one more film together in the mid-60s (They're A Weird Mob, which is probably the least seen and most elusive of all their work), and then surprisingly churned this out in 1972. Anyone hoping for a hint of the old magic will be disappointed. This is weak on all fronts, an odd and unhappy concoction from a pair of geniuses who were famed for their innovation and creativity. Fans will want to catch it anyway, just to be able to say they've seen it, but really this is a very minor PS to a fabulous career which had long since hit its peak.

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