Hitchcock, Wilcox and the
Yellow Canary (continued)



Narrative Similarities in These 2 Films

The U.S. release of Yellow Canary runs eleven minutes shorter than the final cut of the British version (84 versus 95 minutes), but the narrative arc stays intact in the exported version.  In both Yellow Canary and Notorious, the female lead poses as a Nazi sympathizer, incurring public scorn while privately engaged in a highly moral purpose.  

 

In Yellow Canary, Anna Neagle infiltrates a group of Nazis in Canada for intelligence purposes.   In Notorious, Ingrid Bergman infiltrates a group of Nazis in Brazil for intelligence purposes.   In both films, a Nazi with romantic leanings towards the protagonist has a calculating and domineering mother who is part of the Nazi ring.   For the romantic subplot, both incorporate an on-again, off-again romance between the undercover woman and a man who works in government intelligence.   And in keeping with cinema narrative and timing tropes of the era, the undercover spy is in grave danger in the last reel, saved at the eleventh hour, and ends up romantically committed to the man working in government intelligence.


 

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