Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Forgotten Movies: GREEN FOR DANGER

Sergio Angelini reviewed this recently. So we watched it too. I remember reading the book when it was on a list as one of the 100 best mysteries. But I did not remember the ending. And I do think the way it was filmed enhanced its strengths. The tonal shift when Alastair Sims shows up as the Inspector is odd but enjoyable. It is set in a hospital during the war. It is close to a locked room murder in some respects. Well-acted, stylish. We enjoyed it. And every actor plays their part well.

For a longer and better look at this film, here is Sergio's review

9 comments:

Barry Ergang said...

I read the book and saw the movie years ago, and enjoyed both. (The movie is available on YouTube.) I recently discovered that another of Brand's Inspector Cockrill novels, Death of Jezebel has a locked-room aspect, so I bought and read the Kindle edition. It's the polar opposite of Green for Danger: sluggish and often confusing, and with very weak characterizations. There is an aspect to the solution that strikes me as highly improbable if not flat-out impossible. If I missed something that renders it possible, it's because of the confusing narrative.

George said...

I've read the book but haven't seen the movie. I'll have to track down a copy. Sergio always reviews interesting books and movies.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I rented it through Amazon for a few bucks. British movies from that period have a look to them that really grabs me.

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

We first saw it in a movie night course we took at the New School some 40(+) years ago. Very good book and Alastair Sim made the movie. And it is hard for someone who has read both to miss the similarities of the key gimmick between this and Robin Cook's COMA.

R. K. Robinson said...

Saw it on TCM some time ago, enjoyed it. Very atmospheric, well-acted, intriguing plot. Haven't read the book, but based on comments on Sergio's post just got one of the other Cockrill books, SUDDENLY AT HIS RESIDENCE (origally 1947, I got the 1988 Bantam mass market edition) Just came yesterday, so have yet to read it.

TracyK said...

We liked the movie enough to buy it when it came out in a Criterion edition. And I enjoyed the book and want to reread it.

Yvette said...

A terrific film, Patti. The book is just as good.

Yvette said...

As an aside: Rick, I loved SUDDENLY AT HIS RESIDENCE! Hope you enjoy it.

Graham Powell said...

I read Suddenly At His Residence (available for Kindle under it's British title, The Crooked Wreath) as well as Tour de Force, and I have to say that Alastair Sim really capture Cockrill.