The Woman in Green

The Woman in Green

Roy William Neill (1945)

64min
A Certificate
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Review

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This is one of the weirdest films in Universal's series of mysteries based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's characters. It pits Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) against evil Professor Moriarty (Henry Daniell) and a beautiful hypnotist (Hillary Brooke) as he investigates the murders of women who are found with their right forefingers severed. The grindingly eerie music used to mesmerise the victims sounds a note of real unease, which not even the bumbling banalities of Nigel Bruce (as Dr Watson) can dispel. Rathbone always said that the restrained Daniell was his favourite Moriarty, and on the evidence of this film one can see why - with his air of cerebral containment and softly spoken precision, Daniell shows all too clearly the similarities of temperament between the master criminal and the Baker Street sleuth.

Summary

The Baker Street sleuth and his bemused sidekick Watson investigate a series of grisly murders. The trail leads to a mysterious group of hypnotists, and before long the pair are pitting their wits against the devious Professor Moriarty, who has recruited a beautiful accomplice to help him. Mystery, starring Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Henry Daniell and Paul Cavanagh.

Cast & Crew

Sherlock Holmes Basil Rathbone
Dr John H Watson Nigel Bruce
Lydia Marlow Hillary Brooke
Professor Moriarty Henry Daniell
Sir George Fenwick Paul Cavanagh
Inspector Gregson Matthew Boulton
Maude Fenwick Eve Amber
Onslow Frederick Worlock
Williams Tom Bryson
Crandon Sally Shepherd
Director Roy William Neill
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteAvailable on: video and DVD
Drama