DANCING WITH CRIME / THE GREEN COCKATOO (Blu-ray Review)
FROM COHEN MEDIA GROUP
Review by Mr. Paws😽
I’ve really been enjoying the double features Cohen Media Group has been releasing on Blu-ray lately. It’s been kind of cool checking out some of the European obscurities they’ve managed to dig up, and this set features a couple of low-budget British crime thrillers from the ‘40s. Neither are classics, but both are fairly entertaining and noteworthy for some of the people involved.
In 1947’s Dancing with Crime, young cabbie Ted Peters (Richard Attenborough) and his fiancee, Joy (Sheila Sim), take it unto themselves to investigate the murder of their childhood friend, Dave, at the hands of a local gangster/nightclub owner. Formulaic but fun, the film is most noteworthy for featuring Attenborough in an early starring role. However, it’s Barry K. Barnes who steals the show as a cold-blooded, slightly sadistic mob enforcer. You might want to watch it with subtitles, though. The dialogue is loaded with very British slang and dialect.