The Woman in Green
Release year: 1945
Director: Bertram Millhauser, Arthur Conan Doyle (based on characters by)
Starring: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Hillary Brooke, Henry Daniell, Paul Cavanagh, Matthew Boulton, Eve Amber
Moviegeek Sunday Classic #228, week 44 2018
Young women are murdered around London, all found with one finger cut off. The city is in terror and Scotland Yard calls in their best weapon: Sherlock Holmes.
Basil Rathbone (Robin Hood, 1938) and Nigel Bruce (Rebecca, 1940) played the famous detective Sherlock Holmes and his trusty friend Dr. Watson in fourteen movies, this being the eleventh. The story is original with merely the characters taken from Doyle’s universe, though part of the dialogue is from ‘The Final Problem’ and the sniper scene inspired from ‘The Adventure of the Empty House’. The movie stands out by being the only one in the series where Mycroft Holmes is mentioned and with arch enemy Professor Moriarty (Daniell) making an appearance, this will satisfy most fans of the pipe smoking detective’s stories. So long in in the series, there is no surprise in the fact that Rathbone and Bruce nail their characters effortless. Holmes is slightly arrogant, clever and observant while Dr. Watson is goofy to the exact right amount to create humour and a bit of light among the shadows but without making it a farce. There is little wonder, why these two are considered some of the very best at interpreting the two famous and popular characters. This isn’t action-packed detective stories, it is a lot of dialogue though we see what the detective and police guess have happened as they talk of it. It makes for a more cozy and interesting watch rather than tense and chilling, though it does have a tense moment towards the end.
Cannabis japonica, the drug mentioned in the movie, is a fictional species of marijuana invented by the screenwriters.
The original copyright of the movie hasn’t been renewed, meaning the movie is public domain today.
There is a colour version showing Lydia wearing a green outfit. Viewers of the original black and white version just have to assume she is the woman in green.
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