Sherlock Holmes and the Woman in Green Reviews
That said, this is a watchable if sometimes laughable film. Seeing glamour gal woman in green scene lost it for me.
Anyway this b&w classic was released on VHS long before DVD.
RT did the details:
RT Synopsis: When four women are found murdered--each missing their right forefinger--a baffled Scotland Yard calls in master sleuth Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) and his faithful cohort Dr. Watson (Nigel... When four women are found murdered--each missing their right forefinger--
a baffled Scotland Yard calls in master sleuth Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) and his faithful cohort Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce) to help crack the case.
Believing the murders to be the work of a criminal mastermind, Holmes follows the trail to a society of hypnotists and a mysterious, beautiful woman named Lydia Marlow (Hillary Brooke).
It isn't long before Holmes discovers a web of hypnosis and blackmail that leads him to his archenemy, the evil Professor Moriarty (Henry Daniell), who lures the detective into a dangerous trance from which he may never awake.
Based on the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle story "The Empty House," THE WOMAN IN GREEN marks the last of the classic Rathbone films to be penned by Holmes regular Bertram Millhauser.--- RT synopsis (not mine)
Rathbone is always good at Holmes, but note how awkward he comes off when trying to charm the Woman in Green!
"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."
Though you got the sense that this Moriarty was not one who was going for the gusto, concocting the greatest plan ever to take over the world. You got the sense that he was sort of back from the dead planning one final retirement scheme. A relatively simple plan.
The scene with Holmes & Moriarty is perhaps the best single scene in the entire series. The tension is palpable & the dialogue is delicious.