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Green for Danger (1947)

Approved | | Crime, Mystery, Thriller | 10 March 1947 (UK)
After the nurse who declares that a recent surgical death was a murder dies also, an enigmatic Scotland Yard inspector arrives to investigate.

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Dr. Barnes
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Dr. White
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Sister Bates
Wendy Thompson ...
Sister Carter
Rosamund John ...
Nurse Sanson
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Nurse Linley
Megs Jenkins ...
Nurse Woods / Radio Announcer (voice)
John Rae ...
The Porter
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Joseph Higgins
Frank Ling ...
Rescue Worker
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Inspector Cockrill
George Woodbridge ...
Det.-Sgt. Hendricks
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In a rural English hospital during WWII, a postman dies on the operating table. One of the nurses states that she has proof of who the murderer is. The facetious Inspector Cockrill suspects one of the five doctors and nurses who were in the operating theater to be the assassin. But four poisonous pills have disappeared.... Written by Jean-Marie Berthiaume <jiembe@videotron.ca>

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...follow this man in the FOOTSTEPS of MURDER!


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Trivia

The lines quoted by Inspector Cockrill and Mr Eden come from 'The Merchant of Venice', Act 5 Scene 1. See more »

Goofs

As the movie takes place in 1944 whilst Britain is being attacked by V1 bombs ('doodlebugs'), the windows and glass doors in the hospital should have been taped to prevent glass being shattered by an explosion and blowing in on people inside. See more »

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Dr. Barney Barnes: I gave nitrous oxide at first, to get him under.
Inspector Cockrill: Oh yes, stuff the dentist gives you, hmmm -- commonly known as "laughing gas."
Dr. Barney Barnes: Used to be -- actually the impurities cause the laughs.
Inspector Cockrill: Oh, just the same as in our music halls.
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Paul Jones
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Arranged by Harry Gold and Norrie Paramor
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Lots of fun
14 April 2003 | by (Vancouver, B.C.) – See all my reviews

Directed and produced by Sidney Gilliat and Frank Launder, the British mystery-comedy Green for Danger is a rare treat. Featuring the incomparable Alastair Sim as Cockrill, a bumbling Scotland Yard detective and the redoubtable Trevor Howard as a suspicious doctor, the plot is a convoluted murder mystery in which five people have motive and means to commit murder -- but whodunit?

Set in a rural British hospital (that looks like an Elizabethan mansion) during the latter stages of World War II, two people are murdered before you can say "buzz bomb". The first suspicious death occurs when a postman suddenly dies on the operating table after receiving an anaesthetic. This is soon followed by the death of Nurse Marion Bates (Judy Campbell) after she announces at a party that she has found evidence to expose the killer. The possible killer includes the uptight Dr. Barnes (Trevor Howard), the emotionally unstable Nurse Sanson (Rosamund John), Nurse Woods (Megs Jenkins), Nurse Linley (Sally Gray), the object of affection from both doctors, and the philandering surgeon, Mr. Eden (Leo Genn). Each one of the suspects looks and acts guilty.

There are many twists and turns and, without giving anything away, a staged mock operation after an attempted third murder ultimately will tell the tale. But the film belongs to Alastair Sim. The word whimsical must have been invented with him in mind. You just cannot take things too seriously when he is around. His capricious charm and impudent smile lights up every dark shadow in the old hospital. Green for Danger is a bit stodgy but lots of fun.


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