The Green Cockatoo (1937)

This obscure British quota quickie is often considered a turkey, especially considering the prestige involved (director William Cameron Menzies and scenarist Graham Greene). It’s actually an enjoyable bit of comedic crime fluff. John Mills plays a Cagney-esque tough talking nightclub entertainer with underworld connections, but his bizarre miscasting coupled with natural charm creates an oddly compelling performance. It’s also work checking out for two small characters (on a “philosopher” on a train, the other a seemingly oblivious butler) which rank among the funniest examples of high camp in British cinema. The film is talkly but never overstays its welcome at sixty-five minutes.

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