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The Green Cockatoo

From an original scenario by Graham Greene, this is a neat crime thriller about a girl (René Ray) who witnesses a murder, becomes a suspect herself, and gets mixed up with a sleazy Soho gangster (John Mills).

Action and Adventure 1940 64 mins

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From an original scenario by Graham Greene, this is a neat crime thriller about a girl (René Ray) who witnesses a murder, becomes a suspect herself, and gets mixed up with a sleazy Soho gangster (played by John Mills).

Directed by William Cameron Menzies just after Things to Come (1936), The Green Cockatoo boasts a cast and crew of impeccable credentials, including the great Miklos Roza who provides a lively score. Recently heralded by The Guardian’s Andrew Pulver as ‘early British film noir’, this compact, curious and fascinating work touches upon many themes in its brief running time that would become noir staples.