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Directed by John Paddy Carstairs
UK 1947

(aka "Four Dark Hours")

 

Directed by William Cameron Menzies
UK 1937

 

Two more early Brit Noirs from Cohen Film Collection, digitized in association with the British Film Institute.

 

In DANCING WITH CRIME (1947), Richard Attenborough and Sheila Sim, married in real life at the time, put themselves in harms way when they go undercover to investigate the murder of a friend with ties to black market racketeers. Watch for Dirk Bogarde and Diana Dors in uncredited roles.

 

A true rarity, William Cameron Menzies’ THE GREEN COCKATOO was completed in 1937, but not released until 1940. It is often cited as one of the earliest of the British Noirs and helped set the stage for the classical period of Brit Noir which flourished in the years following WWII. It’s a taut little thriller based on a Graham Greene story, directed by the American William Cameron Menzies, and featuring a stellar cast and crew. After witnessing the murder of a racketeer, a young woman is pursued by both gangsters and the police. She is aided by a Soho entertainer, who is the brother of the victim.  

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Theatrical Release: April 24th, 1937 / June 25th, 1947

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Review: Cohen Media - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Runtime

Dancing with Crime (1947): 1:22:32.583

The Green Cockatoo (1937): 1:04:44.333

Video

1.33:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 37,901,675,337 bytes

Dancing with Crime (1947): 19,887,609,408 bytes

The Green Cockatoo (1937): 16,145,686,080 bytes

Video Bitrate: 28.84 / 29.93 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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DTS-HD Master Audio English 1559 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1559 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)

Subtitles English, None
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1.33:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 37,901,675,337 bytes

Dancing with Crime (1947): 19,887,609,408 bytes

The Green Cockatoo (1937): 16,145,686,080 bytes

Video Bitrate: 28.84 / 29.93 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Trailer (1:12)


Blu-ray Release Date:
January 25th, 2022
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Blu-ray Case

Chapters 10 / 7

 

 

Comments:

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ADDITION: Cohen Media Blu-ray (January 2022): Like their British Film Noir Double Bill from 2021, Cast a Dark Shadow / Wanted For Murder, Cohen Media have transferred Dancing with Crime (1947) / The Green Cockatoo (1937) to Blu-ray on one dual-layered, bare-bones, package. The 'younger' film Dancing with Crime looks significantly superior in 1080P coming from a source with better density. It is fairly clean and has some richness to the contrast with appealing black levels. The Green Cockatoo (1937) is quite damaged with, what appears to be, a permanent scratch in the middle of the frame that persists through the entire film. The image has sporadic heavy grain - which I do find appealing - but contrast is inconsistent with occasional saturation. It looks a quite poor overall with frequent speckles and damage marks.   

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On their Blu-ray, Cohen Media use a DTS-HD Master dual- mono tracks (16-bit) in the original English language. Both films have a few aggressive (gunplay) moments that are largely flat without impacting depth. The Dancing with Crime (1947) score is by Benjamin Frankel (notable for composing the music for the British version of Night and the City, plus some Noirish titles like Libel and The Man Who Watched Trains Go By, Footprints in the Fog as well as The Iron PetticoatMine Own Executioner, and The Importance of Being Earnest). The Green Cockatoo (1937) score is by the iconic Miklós Rózsa (Kiss the Blood Off My Hands, The Killers, The Lost Weekend, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, Double Indemnity) and adds to the film's moodiness and thriller qualities. Cohen Media offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Cohen Media Blu-ray offers only a restored trailer for Dancing with Crime. There are no other extras. 

Frankly, neither films is at the caliber of either Cast a Dark Shadow or Wanted For Murder from Cohen's first British Film Noir Double Bill Blu-ray. I think Dancing with Crime is a fine Brit Noir with Richard Attenborough and Sheila Sim (who were married in real life - this was their first movie together!) and if you blink you might miss Dirk Bogarde, Diana Dors and uncredited as a police officer, future Dr. Who Jon Pertwee. The Green Cockatoo is short and just over and hour and while I liked the plot idea of a young lass (Rene Ray) traveling to London to find work but getting mixed up with murder - of which she is a suspect. Nice to see an early John Mills as a song-and-dance man. While not upper-tier, fans of vintage noir-esque leaning cinema may find appreciation. To that group this is recommended after Cohen's Cast a Dark Shadow / Wanted For Murder Double Bill Blu-ray.  

Gary Tooze

 


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