Monday, 25 January 2010

Sherlock Holmes and the Woman in Green (1945)

A series of brutal murders of young women - seemingly completely unconnected apart from each one having a finger surgically removed after death - can mean only one thing - Professor Moriarty. Yes, he's back from the dead and this time played by Henry Daniell. Moriarty is aided by the lovely Lydia, who has even more to her wiles than meets the eye...

This is another good installment, partly aided by the fact that instead of a foolish Lestade we have Inspector Gregson (Matthew Boulton), who though he doesn't seem to have much detecting ability at least seems to be relatively sensible. The same can't be said of Dr Watson, but that's okay because he's funnier than ever in this movie. The main plot is intriguing and, on the whole, fairly unpredictable. Roy William Neill's direction, which was of rather variable quality over the many Sherlock Holmes films he directed, is nicely balanced here. Sherlock Holmes and the Woman in Green is definitely recommended viewing for all fans of the Baker Street detective.

See also: Sherlock Holmes - The Definitive Collection review

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joby said...

A revised Sherlock Holmes for the 21st century that somehow remains true to the Sherlock Holmes stories. Little asides put in by Watson in the stories (say his martial arts expertise or his professional bare knuckle brawling) is magnified so that he can be more a man of action.

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jection said...

A solid entry in the Holmes series. It's one of the best in the series, partly because it strays from formula and partly because it summons some genuine mystery.
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Debt Consolidation said...

It's an excellent film of the splendid Sherlock Holmes Basil Rathbone series including two first-range nasties : one man , Henry Daniell as Doctor Moriarty and one woman, Hillary Brooke as an illusionist with malignant aims.

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