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A good Sherlock Holmes-Rathbone series movie
ma-cortes21 July 2004
It's an excellent film of the splendid Sherlock Holmes Basil Rathbone series including two first-range nasties : one man , Henry Daniell as Doctor Moriarty and one woman, Hillary Brooke as an illusionist with malignant aims.

In the flick appears the usual of the Arthur Conan Doyle's novels : Mycroft (Sherlock's brother), Dr.Moriarty, Mistress Hudson , and of course Doctor Watson.

The film has a creepy atmosphere , it's in black and white with lights and shades that originate an eerie setting.

Set design is of first rate , the movie is very atmospheric ,the dark and gloomy slums of London are very well designed.

Basil Rathbone's interpretation is magnificent, he's the best Sherlock Holmes in the cinema , likeness to Peter Cushing and Jeremy Brett in television.

Basil Rathbone as Holmes plays in a clever, broody and impetuous manner.

Nigel Bruce plays as Watson with humor, goofy and joy , he's the perfect counterpoint to Holmes.

Rating : Better than average , 7/10 . Well worth watching .
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Strange Crimes & Worthy Adversaries For Holmes
Snow Leopard30 May 2001
"The Woman in Green" is one of the numerous Sherlock Holmes movies with Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce appearing as Holmes and Watson. While routine in some respects, this one features a series of bizarre crimes and some worthy adversaries for the great detective.

Holmes must solve a series of murders that each involve the same set of weird details, but that seem unrelated in other respects. The plot this time is somewhat different from most Holmes stories, in that the audience knows the identity of the villains early in the film, but it takes a while before we know why or exactly how they committed the murders. After Holmes figures it all out, he must still try to catch the criminals, and there is an interesting final sequence in which Holmes himself is in great danger.

Rathbone and Bruce always make a good team even with the most routine stories, and this one is bizarre enough to hold attention in its own right. It also features a good pair of adversaries for Holmes. Professor Moriarty is in this one, portrayed by Henry Daniell. The notorious Moriarty is very difficult to do justice to on film, but Daniell works very well, with his icy personality and suave demeanor. Hillary Brooke is also pretty good as his attractive and dangerous accomplice.

Though not one of the greatest Holmes films, "The Woman in Green" has most of the features that Holmes fans look for, and it should not disappoint them.
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Clue - in this one the murderer plays with a little doll
Gary1704598 May 2005
Hilary Brooks' finest film, playing a beautiful sinister baddie - who's supposed to be in green in a b&w movie and no-one actually tells you she's in green either. Henry Daniell plays Moriarty colder than a refrigerator; George Zucco was mad and Lionel Atwill was pervy but imho I think Daniell was maybe better fitted to play the part of Evil Personified, being cold as ice. But I've always had a soft spot for Zucco however - what a team they made a few years before in SH in Washington! Brooks' housekeeper (subbing Mrs Danvers) and the actual murderer (only briefly seen) complete the Gang of Four.

Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce as Holmes and Watson are as usual marvellously embroiled in solving a series of particularly gruesome crimes - apparently the censors had their say - of murder and mutilation of young women in London. Inspector Lestrade's comedic touches were considered out of place in this one, so we had the extra stolid and rather wimpish Inspector Gregson instead. My daughter pointed out that when Brooks is hypnotising her prey both the characters look into a lily pond with a decidedly wrong reflection looking back! Unless we were both hypnotised into believing it!

But even if it's slightly sub-par it's still another enjoyable entry, at this distance and after 10 viewings I'd have loved a 3 hour directors cut of this to be suddenly found, but alas it will never be! A great (Definitive edition) print works wonders though.
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A good entry in the Rathbone series
Stanley Strangelove8 August 2005
I'm a big fan of the Basil Rathbone/Sherlock Holmes series. This review is of the restored black and white 35 mm version issued in 2003. Having watched all of the Holmes films on TV or videotape, with bad prints and lousy sound, this restored version is the one to see. The restoration is perfect and shows the visual beauty of the film which is without question.

Basil Rathbone immortalized Sherlock Holmes in 14 films. The Woman in Green was the 11th in the series. There is a hint of tiredness in Rathbone's portrayal in this one. The story is interesting and involves severed fingers, the sinister Professor Moriarty and the mysterious Woman in Green. Henry Daniell is a good Professor Moriarty and Hillary Brooke as The Woman in Green is mysterious and seductive. As always, Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce as bumbling Dr.Watson are fun to watch.

At 68 minutes the film is short. As with all Holmes films, we wish for more. By all means see it.
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Holmes Versus Moriarty, Round Three
Ron Oliver8 April 2005
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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Solid, moody Holmes entry.....
gazzo-22 October 2004
......very enjoyable. Hilary Brooke is seductive, Henry Daniell is a terrific Moriarty, as always Rathbone and Bruce are tops as Holmes and Watson. Here you get to see them trailing a string of hypnotist-induced murders, reminders of the Ripper killings to a degree.

Be sure to pay attention to a couple scenes, the Sniper and the Hypnotist demo. Both are what made this series are keeper.

As always they don't pad it w/ unneeded scenes or characters, so you can get your Rathbone fix in about an hour or more. There are a few noir touches and of course, the patriotic ode to London at the end.

*** outta ****
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One of the Best of the Sherlock Holmes Adventures with Leads Well-Acted
silverscreen8881 February 2008
"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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Enjoyable bit of Holmes if not brilliant
bob the moo25 December 2003
The police approach Sherlock Holmes when someone is killing young women in London and neatly severing one of their fingers. Holmes investigates and finds that several well known people appear to be suspicious. A late night visitor gives him the motives for the crimes, if not the method - officially thought dead, Professor Moriarty is framing these people for the murders and then black mailing them to keep it hidden. Sherlock doesn't capture him on this occasion but begins to try and stop whatever master plan he has.

Rathbone will always be the image I have of Sherlock Holmes and it is down to these films. Here he gets involved again with archenemy Professor Moriarty in a game of murder and blackmail. The film has all the usual stuff in it and fans of the series will enjoy this. The plot doesn't quite have a fluidity to it and stutters and starts here and there. The murders start well with danger and dramatic possibilities but it loses a bit of momentum when the tact changes to a more pedestrian pursuit of the woman of the title.

Aside from this it does all it needs to do to be enjoyable (as a fan). Rathbone is a great Holmes and he is a good gentleman detective. I always have a problem with him being so very aloof but it is part of how Watson is portrayed I guess. Bruce is good as Watson, even if it does bother me to see him put down so very often. The film misses the comedy presence of Hoey's detective Lestrade and the new officer can't fill his shoes. Daniell's Moriarty is a bit too average - I never got the impression of an evil or dangerous man who was a match for Holmes.

Overall this is a good entry in the series. None of it screams out as being of a very high quality but it does well enough aside from having areas where it could easily have been strengthened.
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If we could just trace those missing fingers!
Spikeopath5 October 2009
There is a vile murderer lose in London, not since the terror of Jack The Ripper has London been subjected to such gruesome doings. The killers trademark is that he severs the forefingers of his victims, the police are baffled. Enter Holmes and Watson, called into action once again, but even the intrepid Holmes is baffled. There is more to the case than meets the eye, and could there be on old adversary behind the murders?.

The Woman in Green is the eleventh of the fourteen Sherlock Holmes film's starring Basil Rathbone as Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson, and the eighth of the eleven directed by Roy William Neill. Partly based around Arthur Conan Doyle's-The Adventure of the Empty House, The Woman In Green {ambigious title in context of the films content} continues the dark path trodden in the previous film, House of Fear (1945). As Holmes ruefully observes another female victim on the slab in the mortuary he muses "fiend that did this," and then promises to crack the case. It's Holmes obsession with the case, and the macabre nature of the story that carries the audience thru it's very chatty first half. That the darkness lifts at the midpoint is no bad thing due to the introduction of a rather well known foe from Holmes' past. However one has to wonder, as good as the "twist" is, if the film would have been better off staying in darker territory? You see the second half eases in tone as Watson slips into, what is admittedly always great fun, comedy mode and the babe of the piece {a smashing Hillary Brooke} becomes focal along with he who shall not be named. It works of course, this is Holmes trying to crack a devilish case, one that will encompass a new form of trickery in the pantheon of villainy. And then there is some fabulous shots used by Neill, one particular sequence involving swirling water and a white flower is very memorable. While the ending, in true Holmes, Watson and villain style, does its job all told. It's just one can't help feeling that this should have been far better than it eventually turned out to be. Still a fine series entry mind, and arguably the last time a Rathbone film had that delicious dark undercurrent to it. 7/10
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Vintage Quickie Sherlock Holmes Of Gruesome Hypnotism Murders
ShootingShark7 June 2009
Warning: Spoilers
Sherlock Holmes is called in following a series of gruesome murders in which each victim has a finger cut off, and uncovers Professor Moriarty behind a sinister plot involving hypnotism and blackmail.

A very enjoyable little Sherlock Holmes mystery, with a great script by Bertram Millhauser. Rathbone is as searing as ever in his masterful portrayal of Holmes, Brooke is a charming femme fatale and Daniell a terrific Moriarty, both having appeared in smaller parts in previous entries in this series. There's also a wonderful photographic effects sequence by John Fulton when Brooke hypnotises Holmes. Neill turns in a brisk, polished thriller, with wit and style to spare.
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