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Director  John Harlow
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Music director  Eric Jupp
Language  English
5/10 IMDb

Genre  Crime, Drama
Running time  1h 9m
Screenplay  Allan MacKinnon
Country  United Kingdom
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Writer  Allan MacKinnon, Percy Hoskins
Release date  October 1953 (UK)
Initial release  October 1953 (United Kingdom)
Cast  Dermot Walsh (Bob Herrick), Jacqueline Hill (Maureen Maguire), Ballard Berkeley (Supt. Chester), June Ashley (Gloria), Richard Pearson (Quinney), Ferdy Mayne (Stevens)
Similar movies  The 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.

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British crime reporter Percy Hoskins provided the story.

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Plot

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.

Cast

  • 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
  • Critical reception

  • 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."
  • References

    The Blue Parrot Wikipedia
    The Blue Parrot IMDb The Blue Parrot themoviedb.org


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