August 1944; with the puttering of Nazi Doodlebugs an ever-present menacing undertone, the staff and patients of a small rural hospital go about their daily business. But, as Alastair Sim’s narration dolefully informs us, a killer is about to strike! Sidney Gilliat’s 1946 comedy thriller wastes little time in deftly sketching out the suspects and establishing the passions, rivalries and buried secrets that could lead one of them to murder. And sure enough, without explanation, a patient dies on the operating table during a routine surgery (the green of the title refers to the colour coding of anaesthetic gas canisters – a fact probably lost on cinema audiences given that the film was made in black and white). Hospital management are determined to downplay the accident, but then a nurse announces that the death was deliberate – and that she knows who is to blame!
The British Film
The British Film collection was launched by Network Distributing in April 2013 as part of a five-year plan to release over 450 vintage British films through a deal with Studiocanal, one of Europe’s leading distribution and production companies. Many of the films have never been available to own and will benefit from new transfers, affirming Network Distributing’s commitment to classic British cinema.
Titles include significant works from studios including Associated Talking Pictures, Ealing Studios, London Films, British Lion, Associated British Picture Corporation and EMI from the Studiocanal archive.