GenreCrime, Drama Running time1h 9m ScreenplayAllan MacKinnon CountryUnited Kingdom
WriterAllan MacKinnon, Percy Hoskins Release dateOctober 1953 (UK) Initial releaseOctober 1953 (United Kingdom) CastDermot Walsh (Bob Herrick), Jacqueline Hill (Maureen Maguire), Ballard Berkeley (Supt. Chester), June Ashley (Gloria), Richard Pearson (Quinney), Ferdy Mayne (Stevens) Similar moviesThe Final Alliance, Impact, Mysterious Intruder, Tokolosh, The Third Man, Rhino
The Blue Parrot is a low budget 1953 British crime film directed by John Harlow and starring Dermot Walsh, Jacqueline Hill, Ballard Berkeley, Richard Pearson and John Le Mesurier. The film was produced by Stanley Haynes for Act Films Ltd. Jacqueline Hill later became well known for playing Barbara, one of the original companions of BBC TV's Doctor Who.
British crime reporter Percy Hoskins provided the story.
A murder is committed in Soho night club The Blue Parrot, and the British nightclub owner and her boyfriend are chased by police for a crime they did not commit.
Dermot Walsh as Bob Herrick
Jacqueline Hill as Maureen Maguire
Ballard Berkeley as Superintendent Chester
June Ashley as Gloria
Richard Pearson as "Quinny"
Ferdy Mayne as Stevens
Victor Lucas as Rocks Owen
Edwin Richfield as Taps Campbell
John Le Mesurier as Henry Carson
Arthur Rigby as Charlie
Valerie White as Eva West
Diane Watts as Carla
Radio Times wrote, "Dermot Walsh does his best with some lacklustre material, and John Le Mesurier turns up in a supporting slot, but there's little else here to recommend."
Britmovie wrote, "The Blue Parrot is a middling b-movie thriller set against the post-war backdrop of spivs, black-marketeers, pawnbrokers and raincoat detectives."
Sky Movies noted, "a real treat for connoisseurs of British B-movies of the post-war decade...Complete with such familiar elements of the genre as the raincoated detective (Dermot Walsh in a part that sounds as though it may have originally been written for a visiting American star) and settings at a nightclub and at Scotland Yard. Ferdy Mayne is on hand, as he was so often in these films, to supply smooth Continental villainy, and the film's major surprise lies in the casting of John Le Mesurier as the nightclub's shady owner."