Joseph Higgins (Moore Marriott) was the friendly village postman. He fondly remembered back to before the war had turned his quaint little village into a WWII hospital. Now it was over run by doctors, surgeons and nurses. Being on the flight path of the German V1 rocket bombardment of England there wasn’t a day go by without that terrible sound filling the skies. The probability you were gonna be blown to smithereens was an everyday worry! Oh how he wished to be sat in the local pub knocking back a few bevvies with his mates.
So with all the extra letters needing to be delivered, poor old Joe had to keep trotting up the hill. Each day he wondered if his number would come up as the terrifying drone of a doodlebug flew overhead. But brave postman Joe always delivered on time. These doctors would get their mail no matter what. They were doing a sterling job patching up all the injured and Joe Higgins was doing his important part.
And you know what? It wasn’t all work, work, work with those doctors. No, he had seen it. When they weren’t saving people they spent all day flirting! Especially that cad, Dr Eden (Leo Genn). He happily paraded around the surgery theater in his dressing gown. Always smoking a cigarette whilst eyeing up all ladies and being alpha male over Dr Barnes (Trevor Howard).
They were surrounded by five tentative nurses lead by the stern eyed Sister Bates (Judy Campbell) through to Sister Carter (Wendy Carter), Nurse Sanson (Rosamund John), Nurse Linley (Sally Gray) and the kindly homely Nurse Woods (Megs Jenkins). They all kind of got on but he could tell there was an underlying friction between each of them. Well if they’d just get on with their jobs and stop ogling each other they’d probably be ok?
Joe used to joke to himself wishing he could be looked after by those fabulous five ladies. Little did he know that the narrator of the story and soon to be called on Inspector Cockrill (Alastair Sims) had just announced that Joe’s wish would be coming true. As another V1 rocket approaches, that horrible moment when it suddenly goes quiet! Lucky for Joe he’s made it to the bomb shelter.
Soon this charming little village would become the scene for a murder mystery which would require the masterful mind of Scotland Yards finest, Inspector Cockrill. A quirky facetious man with a strange inquisitive smile on his face. He was here to investigate the murder of one of the nurses and he would enjoy the game as he figured his way through all the clues.
Tagline – …follow this man in the FOOTSTEPS of MURDER!
Green For Danger is a wonderful superb whodunit murder mystery thriller. All the interaction between the doctors and nurses is great drama to watch but it’s when Alastair Sims turns up that the film takes to another level. He is such a joy to watch as he wanders around being a nuisance and cheekly pushing answers and questions on to the suspects. Working his tried and tested magic to ousted the guilty party. He’s like a more fun version of his Inspector “Poole” in the fantastic 1954 version of J.B. Priestley’s An Inspector Calls.
I loved Alastair Sims playful turn as Inspector Cockrill. Apart from his classic Scrooge and the above, An Inspector Calls, I don’t believe I’ve seen that much else of his work. Point me in the right direction, pretty please. Which Sims should I seek out next?
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