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The Woman in Green -- Holmes and Watson investigate a series of bizarre and apparently unconnected murders, and the death of a possible suspect...
The Woman in Green -- Holmes and Watson investigate a series of bizarre and apparently unconnected murders, and the death of a possible suspect...


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Bertram Millhauser (original screenplay)
Arthur Conan Doyle (based on the characters created by)
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Release Date:
27 July 1945 (USA) See more »
Temptress of Pleasure - or Mistress of Murder? See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Basil Rathbone ... Holmes

Nigel Bruce ... Watson

Hillary Brooke ... Lydia

Henry Daniell ... Moriarty (as Moriarity)

Paul Cavanagh ... Fenwick
Matthew Boulton ... Inspector Gregson
Eve Amber ... Maude
Frederick Worlock ... Onslow (as Frederic Worlock)
Coulter Irwin ... Williams (as Tom Bryson)
Sally Shepherd ... Crandon
Mary Gordon ... Mrs. Hudson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Fred Aldrich ... Detective (uncredited)
Eve Ashley ... Background woman (uncredited)
John Burton ... Waring - Mesmerist (uncredited)
Harold De Becker ... Shoelace Seller (uncredited)
Leslie Denison ... Vincent - Barman at Pembroke House (uncredited)
Tony Ellis ... Carter - Hypnotized Subject (uncredited)
Kay Harding ... 4th Victim (uncredited)
Alec Harford ... Commissioner of the CID (uncredited)
Ivo Henderson ... Constable (uncredited)
Tommy Hughes ... Newsman (uncredited)
Colin Hunter ... Constable (uncredited)
Olaf Hytten ... Norris - Fenwick's Butler (uncredited)
Boyd Irwin ... Short-Tempered Officer Closing Window (uncredited)

Kermit Maynard ... Detective (uncredited)

Eric Mayne ... Member of Mesmer Club (uncredited)

William H. O'Brien ... Pembrook House Waiter (uncredited)
Violet Seton ... Nurse Mowbray at Mesmer House (uncredited)
Count Stefenelli ... Member of Mesmer Club (uncredited)
Arthur Stenning ... Mesmer Club Porter (uncredited)
Percival Vivian ... Dr. Simnell (uncredited)

Directed by
Roy William Neill 
Writing credits
Bertram Millhauser (original screenplay)

Arthur Conan Doyle (based on the characters created by) (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

Produced by
Roy William Neill .... producer
Howard Benedict .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Paul Dessau (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Virgil Miller (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Edward Curtiss 
Art Direction by
John B. Goodman 
Martin Obzina 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman (set decorations)
Ted von Hemert (set decorations) (as Ted Von Hemert)
Costume Design by
Vera West (gowns)
Production Management
Charles Stallings .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Melville Shyer .... assistant director
Art Department
Willard Nunley .... prop master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Glenn E. Anderson .... technician
Bernard B. Brown .... director of sound
Ronald Pierce .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Chris Guthrie .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
John P. Fulton .... special photography
Camera and Electrical Department
Wallace Chewning .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Roswell A. Hoffmann .... camera operator (uncredited)
Music Department
Mark Levant .... musical director
Paul Dessau .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
William Lava .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Paul Neal .... music mixer (uncredited)
Hans J. Salter .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Paul Sawtell .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Frank Skinner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Raymond Kessler .... dialogue director
George Hill .... stand-in: Nigel Bruce (uncredited)
Maurice Marks .... stand-in: Basil Rathbone (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Sherlock Holmes and the Woman in Green" - USA (promotional title)
"Sherlock Holmes: The Woman in Green" - USA (DVD title)
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90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Australia:PG | Australia:M | Finland:K-7 (2013) | Finland:K-15 (2009) | Finland:K-18 (2009) (self applied) | Finland:K-11 (2007) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1990) (1994) (2004) (2005) (2006) (2009) | USA:Approved (MPPDA rating: certificate #10779)

Did You Know?

The Breen Office ordered two cuts from the original script. First, the victims were supposed to be young girls. That was ordered to be changed to young women although Dr. Simnell's bizarre doll fetish may be a leftover from the initial concept. In addition, during the scene in the Mesmer Club, Watson was supposed to take off his pants, not just roll up his pant leg.See more »
Miscellaneous: The bust of "Julius Caesar" which Holmes sets up as a target decoy for his would-be assassin is actually a bust of Julius Caesar's nephew and ultimate successor Augustus.See more »
[first lines]
Inspector Gregson of Scotland Yard:[voiceover] I won't forget that morning, not if I live to be a hundred. I counted the men as they marched out of the yard; they'd hardly slept for weeks. We of the CID had slept even less, but the nightmare that kept us awake was all the same nightmare. That's why we weren't surprised when the commissioner asked us up to the conference room for a bit of a talk. He'd talked to us plenty, we knew that, but it didn't help any to know what was ahead of us.
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One of the Best of the Sherlock Holmes Adventures with Leads Well-Acted, 1 February 2008
Author: silverscreen888 from United States

"The Woman in Green" (1945) as directed by Roy William Neill is an unusually intelligent and satisfying thriller. Reliable Bertram Millhauser wrote the original screenplay, adding elements from several of Arthur Conan Dyle's stories including "The Empty House" to an interesting but rather gruesome mystery. The plot-line involves murders of young woman from whom a finger has been surgically removed after they have died. Enter Sherlock Holmes, asked to help by Inspector Gregson, who along with his Scotland Yard colleagues is being pressed by their Boss to get results on this series of disturbing killings. Gregson takes the murders of vulnerable young women hard, adding to the seriousness of their number and frequency. Sherlock Holmes, the world's first consulting detective, is moved also and suspect his old nemesis in the matter--except that the man has been reportedly executed in Montevideo. The solution to the case end by involving Holmes with one of the suspects who turns out to have been a victim, the man's daughter, a lethal mastermind, threats against Holmes's companion Dr. Watson's life, and a sinister climax that finds Holmes walking a tightrope between life and death as his friends hasten to rescue him. Director Niell has made few errors here, and makes clever use of shots from several stories high to set up an effective climactic scene As Holmes, Basil Rathbone is unusually heroic and effective throughout. Nigel Bruce is given a rather peripheral role with low-grade comedic bits that he does flawlessly. Henry Daniell is his thoroughly professional self as the mastermind, especially when he invades Holmes's Baker Street apartments for a eerie discussion with his chief adversary. Paul Cavanagh and Hilary Brooke are each given varying moods to play and do them very well indeed. Others in the case have smaller parts and vary in their effectiveness. I find two errors in the handling of a logical storyline. One comes when Maude Fenwick, daughter of a victimized father, is given no reaction to the discovery that he is involved in the series of murders; the other is the static nature of he shots in a nightclub-restaurant that might have been handled by panning with Holmes and the Inspector. Apart from these cavils, I suggest that this is an entertaining trip into mystery, mayhem and mesmerism. One worth more than one study as it is perhaps one of the best of the Rathbone-Bruce Sherlock Holmes series of adventures.

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