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The Woman In Green (1945)

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The Woman In Green (1945)


Basil Rathbone
Nigel Bruce

Directed by Roy William Neill

The woman in green is actually a dull, the plot is straight forward but the direction and the plot itself were just not good enough for you to appreciate it. The movie featured Sherlock’s Holmes arch enemy, Professor Moriarty who is suppose to be Holmes intellectual equal, but in this flick he  seemed to look more like a struggling villain trying to live out a fantasy of being the man to kill Holmes.

The woman in Green is a 1945 American crime drama thriller starring Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective Sherlock Holmes, his faithful companion Dr. Watson and Professor Moriarty all this characters were created by Doyle. The movie is the eleventh film to star both Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson respectively. The movie is not directly based on any of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories and books on Sherlock Holmes, the movie is credited to have an original screenplay, but several of its scenes can be said to have been lifted from "The Final Problem" and "The Adventure of the Empty House."

The movie plot starts with a string of random murders of women who then have their forefingers severed. These acts made Scotland Yard think that there is a serial killer on the loose and Sherlock is called upon for aid. During his investigation he and Watson, stumbled upon a clue after a deceased man’s daughter brought them a forefinger believed to be belonging to one of the dead women.  

Sherlock was able to deduce from the incident that some high power is at play here, not just a mere serial killer. His obsession with the fact Moriarty is not dead made him to conclude that Moriarty is back and is the man behind all the murders. His believe came true when he got a visit from Moriarty himself, and he got another lead in the case when a man was sent to kill him and the man didn’t even seem to know what he was doing.

Although owning all the Rathbone/Bruce series will be a nice collection for any movie collector, I won’t try and stop you from collecting this movie, but as I said it is a low for me, the high I got when I saw The Hounds of the Baskerville’s(1939) kind of like vanished half way through this one, this post World War II movie, is a little dry for my taste.


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