Sherlock Holmes and the Woman in Green

1945

Sherlock Holmes and the Woman in Green

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Total Count: 8

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Based on Conan Doyle's The Adventure of the Empty House, this "Sherlock Holmes" entry finds Holmes (Basil Rathbone) and Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce) trying to solve the case of the "Finger Murders". Several beautiful women have been found slain, all with their right forefingers severed from their hands. The police are prepared to write off the killings as the work of a madman, but Holmes deduces that there's a sane motive behind it all. Sure enough, the trail of evidence leads to Holmes' perennial nemesis Professor Moriarity (Henry Daniell), who is in league with lissome female criminal Lydia (Hillary Brooke). Though it isn't sporting to reveal Moriarity's nefarious scheme here, it can be noted that The Woman in Green comes to a nailbiting conclusion as a hypnotized Holmes wanders precariously along the ledge of a penthouse!

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Cast

Basil Rathbone
as Sherlock Holmes
Nigel Bruce
as Dr. John H. Watson
Henry Daniell
as Professor Moriarty
Hillary Brooke
as Lydia Marlow
Paul Cavanagh
as Sir George Fenwick
Matthew Boulton
as Inspector Gregson
Eve Amber
as Maude Fenwick
Tom Bryson
as Williams
Mary Gordon
as Mrs. Hudson
Percival Vivian
as Dr. Simnell
Harold De Becker
as Shabby man
Tommy Hughes
as Newsman
Billy Bevan
as Street Peddler
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Critic Reviews for Sherlock Holmes and the Woman in Green

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Audience Reviews for Sherlock Holmes and the Woman in Green

  • Dec 15, 2011
    I love the Sherlock Holmes films with Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce quite a bit, but The Woman in Green is a slight step back to me in terms of story quality. For one, the emphasis turns out to be mainly on Moriarty's use of hypnotism, instead of the more intriguing 'modern day Jack the Ripper' plot thread that turns out to be a red herring of sorts. I'm not saying that Moriarty shouldn't have been involved with the story, but this one feels a little bit forced, and doesn't seem to flow as well as some of the others. It's still enjoyable, but not quite fulfilling enough.
    Tim S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 27, 2010
    Interesting but placing a lot of the blame on hypnotism was a bit sill. Glad that Moriarty was mainly responsible though.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer
  • Dec 09, 2009
    This was something that I really tried to get into but it just wasn't as good as I expected. I plan on watching some more of these with Basil Rathbone as I heard that these movies were pretty good. This was alright, with some decent acting, but I thought that this could have and should have been better.
    Ken D Super Reviewer
  • Nov 03, 2009
    I found this review by dhetteix rather useful: "this particular outing for Holmes is a bit of a letdown. To be sure, the themes of Hypnotism and serial-killing are out-and-out Doyle, but the inclusion of Moriarty, seemingly included for effect, merely softens the plot by introducing a major character for a somewhat brief caper. The film starts strong, yet ends predictably, with none of Holmes' deductive reasoning being revealed. Whilst strong in all other ways, the movie thus forgets the first rule of a Mystery plot: to remain mysterious."
    Anastasia B Super Reviewer

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