Review: ‘The Yellow Canary’

Direction, cast, production and camerawork are so good it is a pity the suspensive story [from an original by D.M. Bower] is not on the same plane of excellence. There is smart comedy dialog and plenty of action throughout. It has a 'mystery' start with red herring trails that lead up blind alleys, necessitating the return each time to a new start. The result is an overplus of the aforesaid 'mystery'.

Direction, cast, production and camerawork are so good it is a pity the suspensive story [from an original by D.M. Bower] is not on the same plane of excellence. There is smart comedy dialog and plenty of action throughout. It has a ‘mystery’ start with red herring trails that lead up blind alleys, necessitating the return each time to a new start. The result is an overplus of the aforesaid ‘mystery’.

Anna Neagle plays Sally Maitland, daughter of an aristocratic British family. She has achieved notoriety for her pre-war association with the Nazis. Public antagonism to her is so violent that she is practically forced to leave Britain. It is a role altogether different from her previous film appearances. Her co-star is Richard Greene, and principal support comes from Nova Pilbeam, Lucie Mannheim and Albert Lieven.

The Yellow Canary

UK

Production

Imperator. Director Herbert Wilcox; Producer Herbert Wilcox; Screenplay Miles Malleson, DeWitt Bodeen; Camera Max Green

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1943. Running time: 95 MIN.

With

Anna Neagle Richard Greene Nova Pilbeam Albert Lieven Margaret Rutherford
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