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Sunday Matinee: Green for Danger (1946) – Alastair Sim and Trevor Howard



Green for Danger is a 1946 British thriller film, based on the 1944 detective novel of the same name by Christianna Brand. The film was directed by Sidney Gilliat and stars Alastair Sim, Trevor Howard, Sally Gray and Rosamund John. The film was shot at Pinewood Studios in England. The title is a reference to the colour-coding used on anaesthetists’ gas canisters.

In August 1944, during the V-1 doodlebug offensive on London, patient Joseph Higgins (Marriott) dies on the operating table in a rural British hospital somewhere in the southeast of England. 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. Cockrill’s investigation is hampered by the conflict between Barnes and Mr. Eden (Genn) because of their competition for the affections of nurse Freddi (Gray). After a murder attempt is directed at Freddi, the inspector re-stages the operation in order to unmask the murderer.

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