The Clouded Yellow

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The Clouded Yellow
The Clouded Yellow FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Ralph Thomas
Produced by Betty E. Box
Written by Eric Ambler
Janet Green
Starring Trevor Howard
Jean Simmons
Sonia Dresdel
Music by Benjamin Frankel
Cinematography Geoffrey Unsworth
Edited by Gordon Hales
Distributed by Rank Film Distributors
Release dates
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Clouded Yellow is a 1951 British mystery film directed by Ralph Thomas and produced by Betty E. Box for Carillon Films.

Plot synopsis[edit]

After leaving the British Secret Service, David Somers (Trevor Howard) finds work cataloging butterflies at the country house of Nicholas and Jess Fenton. (The "clouded yellow" of the title is a rare species of butterfly.) After the murder of a local gamekeeper, suspicion wrongly falls on their niece, Sophie Malraux (Jean Simmons). Somers helps Sophie to escape arrest and they go on the run together, Somers using his secret-service skills and contacts to evade the police. After a cross-country chase they arrive at Liverpool with the intention of leaving the country by ship. The true identity of the murderer is revealed in a climax on a warehouse roof.

Newcastle upon Tyne[edit]

A significant proportion of the action in the middle of the film was shot on location in Newcastle upon Tyne, featuring scenes on the quayside, the area around the Castle Keep and the Central Station, and the suburb of Jesmond.


Some scenes were filmed in Liverpool's China Town, Toxteth, Liverpool Docks and on the Liverpool Overhead Railway. The railway closed in 1956 and was subsequently dismantled.


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