Criterion Collection is a notable producer of DVD and Blu Ray’s of films of worthy content— or at least they used to be— lately I’ve been hitting some real duds. GREEN FOR DANGER (1946) has a tremendous reputation as a mystery film starring the guy who played Scrooge once.
Well I must have seen a different cut of the film because I found this pretty close to ridiculous. The logic played out like one of the Charlie Chan Monogram films where people do things they would never in a million years do-- like a police inspector letting a potential victim get really close to being killed. I found Sim not charming, not clever and completely clumsy in his investigation. The mystery solves itself and he seems to look perplexed as it happens. This is one of those mysteries where each character is assigned to look guilty and then suddenly another character looks even more guilty until you get to the point where you don't care about any of them.
There is one creepy scene in the film that is almost worth the effort of sitting through this, but if someone chooses to program this during a movie fest I’ll happily step out to make the popcorn.
It used to be if Criterion released it I’d buy it because it was guaranteed to be good— not so much anymore. Still a good outfit just not perfect.