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Green for Danger (1947)



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At a World War II emergency hospital, a postman dies under anesthetic during a relatively minor operation. One of the nurses who was present announces that the man's death was no accident, but a murder -- and then she, too, is murdered. The police are called in, led by Inspector Cockrill (Alastair Sim) of Scotland Yard, and he soon determines that any one of the five surviving members of the surgical team might have had a motive for the murders. In the course of his investigation, he also uncovers an array of both eccentric and ugly personal information about most of those present, but no killer that he can ascertain for certain. He must finally draw the murderer out by putting one of the suspects at risk. In the midst of the suspense are moments of droll comedy, of the sort that one would expect from a movie made by the authors of The Lady Vanishes, along with a palpably rich late wartime atmosphere which, surprisingly, did not repel war-weary audiences on either side of the Altantic. Indeed, Sim is so beguilingly witty and charismatic in his eccentric way as Inspector Cockrill, that the wonder is that there was never a follow-up movie or even a series built around his character. ~ Bruce Eder, Rovi

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Sally Gray
as Nurse Linley
Rosamund John
as Esther Sanson
Trevor Howard
as Dr. Barney Barnes
Alastair Sim
as Inspector Cockrill
Leo Genn
as Mr. Eden
Judy Campbell
as Marion Bates
Henry Edwards
as Mr. Purdy
Ronald Adam
as Dr. White
Moore Marriott
as Joe Higgins
Megs Jenkins
as Nurse Woods
George Woodbridge
as Sgt. Hendricks
Frank Ling
as Rescue Worker
John Rae
as The Porter
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Critic Reviews for Green for Danger

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (5)

Green for Danger is just another proof that the British, too, can make mediocre pictures.

December 7, 2011 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The plot is too laboriously constructed, and the reason for the murders appears too incredible.

January 22, 2008 | Full Review…

One of Launder and Gilliat's most likeable films.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

Green For Danger will give the aisleside sleuths a better workout than they have had for months and it also will rest easily with those who are content just to sit back and let the story resolve itself.

May 20, 2003 | Full Review…

[Director Sidney] Gilliat's urbane treatment presents the whole story not to terrify but entertain; and he does .this very well.

April 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Its final twists came a little too fast and twisty for me.

February 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Green for Danger

The film debut of Alastair Sim. What an actor! All the signs are here of the brilliant career ahead. Too bad he got started so late in life. Kind of like John Houseman and Richard Fansworth. Just wish they'd started sooner.

This is a delightful whodunit, really, thanks to Sim's acting. Definitely a different kind of murder mystery.

Lanning : )
Lanning : )

Super Reviewer

Kinda felt like someone was reading a story to me in lieu of watching a movie. Found it more enjoyable for its funny moments than the whodunit part. IMO, the whodunit part was the weakest link of the movie. The actors were incredibly terrific, though, which provided quite a lot of relief.

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

Super Reviewer


Excellent whodunit in the English fashion. Terribly reserved and proper with tight direction, good perfomances and a wonderful one from Alastair Sim as the inspector.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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