A body found in a canal is of an archaeology professor, murdered over three small fragments of an ancient text that could serve as a pretext for a red China-like country to invade a Nepal-like country.

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John Bentley ...
Supt. Wills
Patrick Allen ...
Dr. Nelson Pollard
Jacqueline Ellis ...
Elsa Marlowe
John Glyn-Jones ...
Dr. Maurice Tarn
Brian McDermott ...
Det.Sgt.Stillman
Gerald Anderson ...
Maj. Paul Amery
Wilfrid Brambell ...
Lock keeper
Edward Atienza ...
Clerk
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John Choto (as Eric Young)
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Mr. Nam Lee
Yvonne Buckingham ...
Miss Russell
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Mitch Hallam
Michael Deacon ...
Angus
Arnold Lee ...
Soyoki
John Horsley ...
Pathologist
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A body found in a canal is of an archaeology professor, murdered over three small fragments of an ancient text that could serve as a pretext for a red China-like country to invade a Nepal-like country.

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December 1961 (UK)  »

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1.37 : 1
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Walter Brown was cast in a minor role but dropped out before filming. See more »

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Edited from The Sinister Man (1961) See more »

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One of the Best Entries in the Merton Park "Edgar Wallace" Series
29 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

Number 12 of the 51-picture Merton Park series definitely rates as one of the best, despite the fact that the identity of the killer is obvious right from the outset. Nonetheless, Clive Donner is a classily meticulous director who keeps audience interest at a high level not only by presenting an extraordinarily large amount of very effective actual location filming, but some occasionally inventive and always most capable studio material as well. These set-ups include quite a number of astonishingly forceful deep focus compositions—shots that also testify to the atmospheric skills of lighting cameraman, Bert Mason.

The players are far more interesting than the average entry too. Donner himself spent quite a lot of time actually testing all of casting director Ronald Curtis's recommendations for even the most minor roles!


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