February 22, 2017


The Boy Who Turned Yellow – 1972 | 55mins | Adventure | Colour

Plot Synopsis

The Boy Who Turned Yellow

Sent home from school after falling asleep during a lesson on electricity, John is suddenly turned yellow, as are his fellow passengers on the Underground. A doctor confirms that there is nothing seriously wrong, and a later television discussion concludes that the cause is ‘something from outer space’. During the night, a voice from the television wakes John who switches on the set. ‘Nick’ – short for ‘Electronic’ – appears in the room and takes John travelling on electrical waves to the Tower of London where they recover John’s pet mouse Alice, but John is arrested and charged with treason. He is found guilty and sentenced to be executed, but asks to be allowed to watch television as a last request and escapes on the electrical waves, returning home his normal colour again.

Production Team

Michael Powell: Director
Bernard Sarron: Art Direction
Roger Cherrill: Associate Producer
Christopher Challis: Cinematography
Peter Boita: Editing
Patrick Gowers: Music
David Vorhaus: Music
Drummond Challis: Producer
Gus Angus: Production Management
Emeric Pressburger: Script
Ken Barker: Sound
Roger Harrison: Sound
Bob Jones: Sound


Mark Dightam: John
Robert Eddison: Nick
Helen Weir: Mrs Saunders
Brian Worth: Mr Saunders
Esmond Knight: Doctor
Laurence Carter: Schoolteacher
Patrick McAlinney: Supreme Beefeater
Lem Dobbs: Munro

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