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The Silent Passenger (1935)

A really well made British murder mystery. Story opens with a dead body found in a trunk. Who's the cold-blooded killer?

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Reginald Denham

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Basil Mason (dialogue), Basil Mason (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
John Loder ... John Ryder
Peter Haddon Peter Haddon ... Lord Peter Wimsey
Lilian Oldland Lilian Oldland ... Mollie Ryder (as Mary Newland)
Donald Wolfit ... Henry Camberley
Austin Trevor ... Inspector Parker
Leslie Perrins ... Maurice Windermere
Aubrey Mather ... Bunter
Robb Wilton Robb Wilton ... Porter
Ralph Truman Ralph Truman ... Saunders
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ann Codrington Ann Codrington ... Desk Clerk
George De Warfaz George De Warfaz ... Chief of Foreign Police
Annie Esmond Annie Esmond ... Old Lady Passenger
Dorice Fordred Dorice Fordred ... Camberly's Accomplice
Vincent Holman Vincent Holman ... Works Manager
Gordon McLeod Gordon McLeod ... Commissioner
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A really well made British murder mystery. Story opens with a dead body found in a trunk. Who's the cold-blooded killer?

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Crime | Mystery

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1935 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Il passeggero muto See more »

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Phoenix Films (II) See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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This is one of about three dozen British films picked up by CBS in 1949 for television presentation in New York City on WCBS (Channel 2). Its initial telecast took place Saturday 21 May 1949. Since this title had never been shown theatrically in the USA, this was also its USA premiere. It first aired in Los Angeles Wednesday 1 March 1950 on KLAC (Channel 13). See more »

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Good British Quota Quicky.
13 February 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Mary Newland is running away with Leslie Perrins, but is having second thoughts. By the time her husband, John Loder, shows up. she's thoroughly disenchanted. Loder assaults Perrins, gets his tickets for the Channel train and demands Mary's letters. When they're disembarking in France, he hasn't got a key for the big trunk he says isn't theirs. When it is opened, Perrins' body is inside. Good thing Peter Haddon, aka Lord Peter Wimsey is there.

It's a well-written short mystery. That's hardly surprising, because Dorothy Sayers wrote an original story for this, her sole original venture into screenwriting. I do have some issues with the casting. Buntner is too old, and too much the trained butler, and Haddon, although he makes a good stab at Wimsey, lacks the character's diffidence. I have long thought that he should have been played by someone like Claude Hulbert, or some other silly-ass British comedian; in one novel, he's said to look like Ralph Lynn.

Casting aside, it's a good quota quicky. the lack of other original stories indicates that Miss Sayers didn't enjoy the experience much. She was moving out of detective fiction anyway, into plays and more academic writing.


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