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The Woman in Green

  • Drama
  • 1945
  • Roy William Neill
  • 64 mins
  • PG

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.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Sherlock HolmesBasil Rathbone
Dr John H WatsonNigel Bruce
Lydia MarlowHillary Brooke
Professor MoriartyHenry Daniell
Sir George FenwickPaul Cavanagh
Inspector GregsonMatthew Boulton
Maude FenwickEve Amber
OnslowFrederick Worlock
WilliamsTom Bryson
CrandonSally Shepherd

Crew

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DirectorRoy William Neill

Details

Language
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Black and white
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