When a corpse is found in the Thames, the only clue is that the dead man was killed by a karate or judo expert.

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Dr. Nelson Pollard
Gerald Anderson ...
Maj. Paul Amery
Edward Atienza ...
Clerk
John Bentley ...
Supt. Wills
Wilfrid Brambell ...
Lock keeper
Yvonne Buckingham ...
Miss Russell
Michael Deacon ...
Angus
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Elsa Marlowe
Keith Faulkner ...
Lock keeper's assistant
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Mitch Hallam
John Glyn-Jones ...
Dr. Maurice Tarn
Peter Hager ...
Warden
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Pathologist
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Capt. Feng
Arnold Lee ...
Soyok
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When a corpse is found in the Thames, the only clue is that the dead man was killed by a karate or judo expert.

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December 1961 (UK)  »

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Edgar Wallace: El Hombre Siniestro  »

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One of a series of second feature films based on Edgar Wallace novels, released between 1960 and 1965 in British cinemas. The films were later sold to American TV and screened there as The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre (1960). See more »

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Corpse in Thames leads back to Oxford
25 September 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Sinister Man" (1961) was episode 7 of season 2 of the Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre. In this one a murder trail leads back to Oxford where several ancient stones with writing have been stolen. They could conceivably indicate the independence claim of a state bordering on Red China. Stern John Bentley is the superintendent on the case. Patrick Allen is an American at Oxford who is part of a working group on the archaeological find. Soon enough a second murder occurs to cover up clues from the first one.

The criticisms expressed in 2 of the 3 existing reviews are accurate in my view. The one review that claims this is one of the better entries is inaccurate, I'd say. The fight scene at the end is very badly done. Bentley is very stiff in the part and elicits no sympathy. The relationship between Allen and co-worker Yvonne Buckingham add some interest; but the story itself as directed is rather flat. It's enhanced somewhat by locations; but it still plays out like a television spy story. Noir fans should look at other entries in this series than this one. Loud music at some points doesn't save the film.


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