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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 off. Scotland Yard suspects a madman, but Holmes believes the killings to be part of a diabolical plot.

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... Holmes
... Watson
... Lydia
... Moriarty (as Moriarity)
... Fenwick
... Inspector Gregson
Eve Amber ... Maude
... Onslow (as Frederic Worlock)
Coulter Irwin ... Williams (as Tom Bryson)
Sally Shepherd ... Crandon
... Mrs. Hudson
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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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Invitation to Death  »

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Although "The Woman in Green" is credited as an original story, dialogue is lifted from Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Final Problem," and the situation involving the sniper firing at Holmes' silhouette is taken from the next story in the original canon, "The Empty House." See more »

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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 »

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Crazy Credits

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

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Referenced in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947) See more »

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Clue - in this one the murderer plays with a little doll
8 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

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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