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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 story "The Adventures of the Empty House" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Basil Rathbone ... Sherlock Holmes
Nigel Bruce ... Dr. Watson
Hillary Brooke ... Lydia Marlow
Henry Daniell ... Professor Moriarty
Paul Cavanagh ... Sir. George Fenwick
Matthew Boulton ... Inspector Gregson
Eve Amber Eve Amber ... Maude Fenwick
Frederick Worlock ... Onslow (as Frederic Worlock)
Coulter Irwin Coulter Irwin ... Williams (as Tom Bryson)
Sally Shepherd Sally Shepherd ... Crando
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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From Her LIPS - Poison That Bred MURDER! See more »

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Drama | Mystery

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Holmes is walking along the terrace wall, his arms are by his sides, However, in the next shot, immediately Dr. Watson enters, Holmes is standing still with his hands in his pockets. 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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Holmes Versus Moriarty, Round Three
8 April 2005 | by Ron OliverSee 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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