Sunday, June 28, 2009

The Woman in Green

Number 11 of the 14 films pairing Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce has Sherlock Holmes investigating the murders of young women who have a finger removed. It was supposed to be young girls but the studio balked at the idea though evidence of this can be found in the maniacal blade man with the doll fetish. Darker in tone than many of the Holmes adventures this one also has the most stylish of film work. Henry Daniell, who was in a few of the Holmes films does duty as Moriarty here adding a nice sinister touch with his coolness. Hillary Brooke brings a sultry perversion to her femme fatale here but what stands out most in THE WOMAN IN GREEN is Nigel Bruce who gives his best portrayal of the bumbling Watson of the entire series.


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