By C.A. It was made into a 1946 film which is regarded by film historians as one of the greatest screen adaptations of a Golden Age mystery novel. After a murder attempt is directed at Linley, the inspector restages the operation in order to unmask the murderer. Trevor Howard remains one of the finest character actors of his time. [www.screenonline.org.uk/media/mfb/1003291/index.html Volume 14, No.157, January 1947, page 3] at Monthly Film Bulletin, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Green_for_Danger_(film)&oldid=984300961, Films with screenplays by Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 19 October 2020, at 10:55. Green for Danger is a 1946 British thriller film, based on the 1944 detective novel of the same name by Christianna Brand. By C.A. Enter unorthodox Inspector Cockrill from Scotland Yard to try to unravel the bitter cross-currents that lead to the crimes. 199 pp. The title is a reference to the colour-coding used on the gas canisters used by anaesthetists. LONDON FILM STRUGGLE LOOMS: Look, Mom, We're Dancin'! [2] The New York Times called it "extremely involved. LEJEUNE. Alastair Sim is most amusing as the self-important detective who enjoys tormenting his suspects, but who comes a partial cropper despite his assurance. Cockrill's investigation is hampered by the conflict between Barnes and Mr Eden (Genn) because of their competition for the affections of Nurse Linley (Gray). Inspector Cockrill (Alastair Sim) of Scotland Yard begins retelling the story in voice over of the string of murders that occurred in a British Army Hospital during World War 2. New York: Dodd, Mead & Co. $2. She thought of turning this into a thriller but could not think of a motive until a drunk man told her of an experience in a bomb shelter. [4], According to trade papers, the film was a "notable box office attraction" at British cinemas in 1947.[9]. Green for Danger is a popular 1944 detective novel by Christianna Brand, praised for its clever plot, interesting characters, and wartime hospital setting. As she goes to retrieve the evidence in the darkness of the operating theatre, a killer dressed in white operating scrubs appears behind her in a flash of light. [5] In January 1946 it was announced Robert Morley would star. New York Times 23 Dec 1945: X5. Before being wheeled into the operating theatre, Higgins, who had been injured in a V-1 rocket attack, claimed to have recognized someone's voice. After this and some other unexplainable events Inspector Cockrill comes in to investigate the case; he determines that any one of the five remaining medical professionals could be the murderer. | Drunk in Bomb Shelter Inspires Murder Story, Basis of Film The Monthly Film Bulletin said :hough the story has plenty of improbabilities when considered in cold blood, this thriller holds one well when on the screen. Cockrill states at one point, "My presence lay over the hospital like a pall - I found it all tremendously enjoyable." It was directed by Sidney Gilliat and stars Alastair Sim, Trevor Howard, Sally Gray and Rosamund John. Parents Guide, Jean-Marie Berthiaume . The Washington Post (1923-1954); Washington, D.C. [Washington, D.C]24 Aug 1947: L2. The Criterion Collection released Green for Danger on laserdisc in 1993 with optional audio commentary by Bruce Eder. Taglines It appears that a postman wounded by a German V-1 bomb has been brought into the operating theatre for surgery by Mr. Eden (Leo Genn) and Nurse Linley (Sally Gray), mysteriously dies from unknown causes during a relatively minor surgical procedure. Synopsis The film was shot at Pinewood Studios in England. Criterion released the film on DVD in 2007 with Eder's commentary and a 2007 interview documentary produced by Heather Shaw, "Geoff Brown on Green for Danger" (Brown being the author of a book on the work of Gilliat and Launder). Green for Danger is a 1946 British thriller film, based on the 1944 detective novel of the same name by Christianna Brand. Inspector Cockrill is tasked to determine whodunit when the head nurse is killed after revealing that the death of a patient under anaesthesia was no accident. A murder takes place in a rural British hospital. The film has also been highly praised by critics. After the nurse who declares that a recent surgical death was a murder dies also, an enigmatic Scotland Yard inspector arrives to investigate. [6] Morley was eventually replaced by Alistair Sim. New York Times 24 Feb 1946: 49. It was the first movie to be made at Pinewood Studios. "[3], Sidney Gilliat said he bought a copy of the novel at Victoria Station to read a train. When an attempt is made on the life of one of the nurses, Inspector Cockrill uses her as bait to draw out the real murderer by setting up an operation identical to the one in which the postman died, causing the murderer to appear. New York Times 21 Apr 1946: 51. The inspector arranges for all the suspects to operate … This is just the start as Nurse Bates (Judy Campbell), jealous over the attention that Eden shows to Sally, proclaims to a room full of hospital employees at a dance that the postman was murdered and further more that she knows where the clues are. [7] Pinewood was to be the basis for three companies: Individual, Cineguild and the Archers. Green for Jealousy and Danger : The Inspector now sets a trap for the murderer. When a nurse on the team announces publicly that a recent death in theatre was murder, she too soon meets a grisly fate. This was overruled and the film was passed with one minor cut. New York Times 3 Sep 1944: BR10. Learn how and when to remove this template message, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Green_for_Danger&oldid=982610405, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 9 October 2020, at 06:30. Plot Keywords NOTES FROM LONDON'S FILM STUDIOS: Thriller What, No Love Affair? After Nursing Sister Marion Bates publicly claims that a recent surgical patient, postman Joseph Higgins, was murdered on the operating table, she too is found dead. The anaesthetist, Barney Barnes (Howard), has had a patient die in similar circumstances previously, and when Sister Bates (Campbell) is killed after revealing that the death of Higgins was not an accident, Inspector Cockrill (Sim) is asked to investigate. In December 1945 the film was announced as a project for Individual Pictures, the company of Gilliat and Frank Launder. GREEN FOR DANGER. [8], The film was originally banned out of fear it would undermine confidence in hospitals. Home Vision Cinema released it on VHS at the same time. By C.A. Release Date: Aug 07, 1947 Runtime: 1 hr. Green for Danger Details. When not dealing with casualties from V1 raids on London, operating theatre staff at Heron's Park Hospital spend their time handling their jealousies, rivalries, and unrequited loves. The facetious Inspector Cockrill suspects one of the five doctors and nurses who were in the operating theater to be the assassin. Read the Green for Danger plot and find out who is in the cast and crew at Movies.com. | After another murder attempt leaves a nurse dangerously ill he re-stages the operation in order to unmask the murderer. In a rural English hospital during WWII, a postman dies on the operating table. Several members of the staff have secrets, be they love affairs or something else and it isn't at all clear who might be responsible or why. Inspector Cockrill is tasked to determine whodunit when the head nurse is killed after revealing that the death of a patient under anaesthesia was no accident. In the end, a surgical gown and a dab of paint leads Cockrill to the killer. She wrote the book which was published in 1941. When Bates is soon after found dead, stabbed in the chest with a scalpel, Inspector Cockrill of Scotland Yard arrives to investigate. He tells the suspects that Nurse Linley, who has in fact completely recovered, has suffered a cranial fracture in her fall and needs urgent surgery. LEJEUNE. During this interrogation, Barnes and Eden finally have the punch up over Nurse Linley that has been threatened for so long now. THE FILM SCENE ALONG THE THAMES: Plans Altered The Korda Group Personal History Inspector Cockrill (Alastair Sim) of Scotland Yard begins retelling the story in voice over of the string of murders that occurred in a British Army Hospital during World War 2. It was based on a novel by Christina Brand. The DVD also includes a booklet with an essay on the film by Geoffrey O'Brien and a programme note by Gilliat from a 1960s revival screening. He also chastised the anesthetist, Dr. Barnes. Movies.com > Green for Danger synopsis and cast. He said he was not attracted by the detective or the hospital setting but "what appealed to me was the anesthetics - the rhythmic ritual, from wheeling the patient out to putting him out and keeping him out (in this case, permanently), with all those crosscutting opportunities offered by flowmeters, hissing gas, cylinders, palpitating rubber bags, and all the other trappings, in the middle of the Blitz, too."[4]. It was directed by Sidney Gilliat and stars Alastair Sim, Trevor Howard, Sally Gray and Rosamund John. She went along to watch an operation and the anesthetist told her how to commit a murder. One of the nurses states that she has proof of who the murderer is. Share Watch It. A murder takes place in a rural British hospital. Oscars Best Picture Winners Best Picture Winners Golden Globes Emmys San Diego Comic-Con New York Comic-Con Sundance Film Festival Toronto Int'l Film … Cockrill states at one point, "My presence lay over the hospital like a pall - I found it all tremendously enjoyable." She was married to a surgeon who was asigned to a military hospital. For the anesthetist Dr. Barney Barnes (Trevor Howard) this is a repeat of a similar event he was responsible for from a few years back and he is confounded by the event. On DVD: Now | On Blu-ray: TBD.