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Yellow Canary

Yellow Canary

Herbert Wilcox (1943)

U Certificate


Our Score
It may not sound like it, but this is a Second World War Herbert Wilcox-Anna Neagle adventure, with Neagle spying for good old Blighty by pretending to be a Nazi sympathiser in Canada. Interestingly, the screenplay of this preposterous tosh was written by actor/playwright Miles Malleson and film historian DeWitt Bodeen, better known for his RKO Val Lewton thrillers (Cat People and The Seventh Victim). Director Wilcox hasn't a clue how to build the thrills inherent in this kind of material, and as Neagle and her intelligence shadow Richard Greene sabotage the Nazi plot to blow up a Nova Scotia harbour, the whole thing becomes gently risible. Trouble is, it wasn't meant to be funny.


An aristocratic woman is driven from Britain during the Second World War for publicly declaring Nazi sympathies. However, her views are actually a sham to allow her to become a double agent for British intelligence, and she travels to Canada to infiltrate an enemy spy ring. Thriller, starring Anna Neagle and Richard Greene.

Cast & Crew

Sally Maitland Anna Neagle
Jim Garrick Richard Greene
Mrs Towcester Margaret Rutherford
Betty Maitland Nova Pilbeam
Jan Orlock Albert Lieven
Madame Orlock Lucie Mannheim
Lady Maitland Marjorie Fielding
German commander Valentine Dyall
Admiral David Horne
Major Fothergill Claude Bailey
Director Herbert Wilcox
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Other Information

Language: English Black and White Theatrical distributor: RKO


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