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The Woman in Green (1945)

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

Director:

Roy William Neill

Writers:

Bertram Millhauser (original screenplay), Arthur Conan Doyle (based on the characters created by) (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Basil Rathbone ... Holmes
Nigel Bruce ... Watson
Hillary Brooke ... Lydia
Henry Daniell ... Moriarty (as Moriarity)
Paul Cavanagh ... Fenwick
Matthew Boulton ... Inspector Gregson
Eve Amber Eve Amber ... Maude
Frederick Worlock ... Onslow (as Frederic Worlock)
Coulter Irwin Coulter Irwin ... Williams (as Tom Bryson)
Sally Shepherd Sally Shepherd ... Crandon
Mary Gordon ... Mrs. Hudson
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Storyline

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, glamorous woman. The fiendish Dr James Moriarty, though reported hanged in Montevideo, is suspected of being involved. Written by Michael Crew <m.crew@bbcnc.org.uk>

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Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 July 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Invitation to Murder See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This marks the third Sherlock Holmes' movie starred by Basil Rathbone where Holmes faces Prof. James Moriarty, after The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939) and Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (1942). Curiously, in each movie Moriarty is portrayed by a different actor: George Zucco, Lionel Atwill and Henry Daniell, respectively. See more »

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In the cast list at the end, Professor Moriarty's name is misspelled as professor Moriarity. See more »

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Also available in computer-colorized version. See more »

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Solid, moody Holmes entry.....
2 October 2004 | by gazzo-2See all my reviews

......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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