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The Woman in Green (1945)

 -  Mystery  -  27 July 1945 (USA)
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Sherlock Holmes investigates when young women around London turn up murdered, each with a finger severed off. Scotland Yard suspects a madman, but Holmes believes the killings to be part of a diabolical plot.

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Holmes and Watson investigate a series of bizarre and apparently unconnected murders, and the death of a possible suspect. The trail leads to a society of hypnotists and a mysterious, glamoruos woman. The fiendish Dr Moriarty, though reported hanged in Montevideo, is belived to be involved. Written by Michael Crew <m.crew@bbcnc.org.uk>

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From Her LIPS - Poison That Bred MURDER! See more »

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Henry Daniell, who plays Professor Moriarty in the film, had an earlier villainous role as William Easter in Sherlock Holmes in Washington (1943), and as an ally of Holmes, Anthony Lloyd, in Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror (1942). See more »

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When Lydia shows her first victim the bowl of floating flowers, she is sitting to his right on the sofa, as well as in the reflection in the water, where their images should have been reversed. See more »

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Holmes Versus Moriarty, Round Three
8 April 2005 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

Sherlock Holmes matches wits with THE WOMAN IN GREEN, a nefarious female who may possibly be involved in a string of ghastly London murders.

Basil Rathbone & Nigel Bruce return once again to the roles for which they were most famous -- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's celebrated detective Sherlock Holmes and his trusty companion Dr. Watson. Although the film is short on excitement and could definitely use a more satisfying climax, Rathbone & Bruce are never boring, perfectly portraying Holmes' superior intelligence and Watson's amiable bumbling.

One of the most enjoyable aspect of the Holmes films is the occasional vivid characterization provided by very fine supporting players. One of the very best was Henry Daniell, whose silky voice and air of sinister sophistication could be so valuable in a mystery drama. He had previously appeared in the series twice, but this was the first time he would play the Napoleon of Crime -- Professor Moriarty. Daniell's scenes with Rathbone approach something very special; unfortunately the script does not let them go quite over the top.

In the title role, lovely Hillary Brooke never loses her icy cool. Her best moment comes as she calmly utilizes her hypnotic prowess over Holmes. Also adding to the fun are Paul Cavanagh as a desperate knight, Sally Shepherd playing a baleful maid & Frederick Worlock portraying a mesmeric expert.

Dear Mary Gordon returns as Mrs. Hudson. Matthew Boulton plays a sturdy but uninteresting Inspector Gregson. And that's an unbilled Percival Vivian enlivening his brief unbilled role as Moriarty's mad little doctor.

This film, which included elements of Conan Doyle's 'The Final Problem' and 'The Empty House,' followed THE HOUSE OF FEAR (1945) and preceded PURSUIT TO ALGIERS (1945).


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