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Green for Danger (1946)

Not Rated | | Crime, Mystery, Thriller | 7 December 1946 (UK)
After the nurse who declares that a recent surgical death was a murder dies also, an enigmatic Scotland Yard inspector arrives to investigate.

Director:

Sidney Gilliat

Writers:

Christianna Brand (from the novel by), Sidney Gilliat (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Leo Genn ... The Hospital Staff - The Doctors: Mr. Eden
Henry Edwards ... The Hospital Staff - The Doctors: Mr. Purdy
Trevor Howard ... The Hospital Staff - The Doctors: Dr. Barnes
Ronald Adam ... The Hospital Staff - The Doctors: Dr. White
Judy Campbell ... The Nurses: Sister Bates
Wendy Thompson Wendy Thompson ... The Nurses: Sister Carter
Rosamund John ... The Nurses: Nurse Esther Sanson
Sally Gray ... The Nurses: Nurse Freddi Linley
Megs Jenkins ... The Nurses: Nurse Woods
John Rae John Rae ... The Porter
Moore Marriott ... The Patients: Joseph Higgins
Frank Ling Frank Ling ... The Patients: Rescue Worker
Alastair Sim ... The Police: Inspector Cockrill
George Woodbridge ... The Police: Det.-Sgt. Hendricks
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hattie Jacques ... (unconfirmed)
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Storyline

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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A Masterpiece of Murder and Mystery! See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 1946 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mad Killer See more »

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Production Co:

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Original literary source: "Green for Danger", novel by Christianna Brand, published by The Bodley Head, London, 1945. 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 »

Quotes

Mr. Eden: All, all are gone, the old familiar faces
Nurse Woods: They left their appendixes behind them.
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Soundtracks

Paul Jones
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Arranged by Harry Gold and Norrie Paramor
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"Joseph Higgins. I begin with him because he was the first to die..."
14 January 2009 | by PudgyPandaManSee all my reviews

This film opens with this line and is one of the greatest opening hooks I've heard in film. These words are spoken as anonymous hands are clanging away on a typewriter. And so begins "Green for Danger".

This is a great, quirky British mystery drama that I found quite entertaining. At times it's tense and scary, then its humorous - and then its almost noir. I found this kept the film interesting and the pace was quite energetic. I will say the beginning is a little slow to start after the great opening hook. It starts out looking like it will be just another doctor/nurse soap opera. But hang with it and it gets rolling.

I found the black and white cinematography to be quite accomplished and loved its great use of architectural shapes, shadows, and the mix of light and dark.

Alastair Sim as The Inspector was great. He has an unusual mug of a face and bulging eyes. He's tall and somewhat clumsy. And more than a little goofy. He makes quite effective use of sarcasm. I loved his line when he said "My presence lay over the hospital like a pall."

It was interesting to see some of the old hospital equipment. I noticed there was a coin meter for gas utilities in the kitchen - never saw one before. My only complaint during the film was having difficulty following some of the clipped British accents.

There is a nice twist at the end. The hapless inspector solves the crime, but causes harm in so doing. There is a clever closing line back on the typewriter - " I offer my resignation, in the confident hope that you wont accept it.''

Quirky piece - loved it!


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