The Woman in Green
Roy William Neill for Universal
directed by Roy William Neill
starring Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Hillary Brooke, Henry Daniell, Paul Cavanagh, Matthew Boulton, Eve Amber, Frederick Worlock, Tom Bryson, Sally Shepherd, Mary Gordon, John Burton, Tony Ellis, Olaf Hytten, Percival Vivian, Violet Seaton, Alec Harford, Arthur Stenning, William H.O'Brien, Harold De Becker, Boyd Irwin
screenplay by Bertram Millhauser, based on the story The Empty House by Arthur Conan Doyle
Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone), Universal's Sherlock Holmes, Moriarty
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A killer is roaming the streets of London, who not only kills women
from every walk of life, but also always cuts one of their fingers off ...
After having spent an evening with Lydia Marlowe (Hillary Brooke), Sir
Fenwick (Paul Cavanagh) suddenly wakes up in a cheap bed-and-breakfast
very near the spot where the latest murder took place, and in his pocket -
a severed finger. And he has no recollection of the last ten or so hours.
Having found the finger her dad so desperately tried to hide, Maude
Fenwick (Eve Amber) pays a visit to Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) and
Doctor Watson (Nigel Bruce), but when they want to pay a visit to Sir
Fenwick, they only find him dead, murdered actually.
Of course, Holmes sees through it all immediately, the whole serial
killing is not the work of a madman as the police suspects, but an
elaborate blackmail-ploy, and he immediately knows who's behind all of
this: his arch enemy Moriarty (a rather pale Henry Daniell), with Lydia
Marlowe of course being Moriarty's accomplice.
So Holmes pays a visit to Lydia, just as if he was walking into a trap
- and really, at Lydia's he is drugged and mesmerized, and now Moriarty
tries to dispose of him by telling him to jump off a building to his death
... but Holmes did not come unprepared and has taken the antidote for
Lydia's drug beforehands, and now he turns the tables on Moriarty ... who
in the end can only escape arrest by jumping off the building himself - to
his death, one wonders ...
Rather tired entry into the Sherlock Holmes series: All the clues are
given away way too soon and at the same time, the plot is particularly
far-fetched. Add to that a very unimpressive lead villain and you are left
with pretty little ...