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Green for Danger (1946)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 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.


Sidney Gilliat


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




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


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! See more »


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Although the killer is the same in both book and movie, the third victim is not. In the book the other surviving member of the rescue team brought in with Higgins undergoes surgery where an attempt is made on his life. In the film the victim is one of the nurses who may have spotted a clue to the killer's identity. In addition, the book notes that Nurse Woods has a twin brother, not a twin sister. See more »


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 »


Dr. White: I do hope everything can be arranged discreetly.
Inspector Cockrill: Umm, shouldn't think so for a moment.
Dr. White: Why not? Press? Do they have to be seen?
Inspector Cockrill: Can't keep 'em out.
Dr. White: Oh, dear.
Inspector Cockrill: I don't mind; they always give me a good write-up.
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Wonderful British mystery set in World War II
28 August 2007 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Leo Genn, Trevor Howard, Sally Gray and Alistair Sim star in "Green for Danger," a 1946 British film that takes place during World War II. When a postman is injured in a bombing, though his injuries are not life-threatening, he requires surgery. Small problem, though - he winds up dead, and the narration tells us that one of the people in the operating room is the murderer...and one of them will be murdered as well. A police detective (Alistair Sim) arrives to sort out the situation. Suspects and intrigue abound as the little hospital turns out to be a regular British version of Peyton Place with a love triangle, one doctor with a cloud over his head, a Lothario, a woman on the verge of a breakdown, and two women with secrets.

This is a fine example of British cinema at its best with a story that keeps you guessing and performances that don't disappoint. World War II hangs heavily in the atmosphere, and there's one scene that scared the life out of me - I just wasn't expecting it. Sim as the detective is annoying, but his function is get under everyone's skin, and he does; Genn gives a smooth performance while Trevor Howard delivers a fiery one; Megs Jenkins, as an observant and helpful nurse, is excellent; and pretty Sally Gray is sympathetic as a woman who can't make up her mind. One interesting feature is that although Gray and Judy Campbell, who plays another nurse, are very attractive, they are deglamorized, which is unlike how they would have been presented in American films.

If you like mysteries, "Green for Danger," a film slightly reminiscent of "Coma," is for you.

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Release Date:

7 December 1946 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mad Killer See more »


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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