The Clouded Yellow | 1950 | Jean Simmons, Trevor Howard

The Clouded Yellow | 1950 | Jean Simmons, Trevor Howard

After a few minor films, director Ralph Thomas joined forces with Betty Box (producer Sydney Box’s sister) to make this entertaining though tame psychological mystery thriller. Ex-secret serviceman Trevor Howard takes a job as a cataloguer of butterflies, hence the rather cryptic title, and becomes involved with Jean Simmons, a strange fragile young girl accused of murder.

In a sub-Hitchcockian man-on-the-run manner, they are pursued across Britain by Scotland Yard man Kenneth More.

cast
Jean Simmons as Sophie Malraux
Trevor Howard as Maj. David Somers
Sonia Dresdel as Jess Fenton
Barry Jones as Nicholas Fenton
Kenneth More as Willy Shepley
Geoffrey Keen as Police Inspector
André Morell as Secret Service Chief Chubb (as Andre Morell)
Michael Brennan as Police Superintendent
Gerard Heinz as Dr. Karl Cesare
Lily Kann as Minna Cesare
Eric Pohlmann as Taxidermist
Richard Wattis as Employment Agent
Sandra Dorne as Kyra
Maire O’Neill as Nora
Maxwell Reed as Hick
Marianne Stone as Young Woman at Nora’s House (uncredited)

crew
Director Of Photography: Geoffrey Unsworth
Director: Ralph Thomas
Editor: Gordon Hales
Producer: Betty E. Box
Original Music Composer: Benjamin Frankel
Original Story and Screenplay: Janet Green

UK | 95 minutes | 1950

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