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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

Writers:

Basil Mason (dialogue), Basil Mason (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
John Loder ... John Ryder
Peter Haddon Peter Haddon ... Lord Peter Wimsey
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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train | based on novel | See All (2) »

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Crime | Mystery

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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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The first outing for Lord Peter Wimsey
20 February 2015 | by robert-temple-1See all my reviews

This is the first film based on a story by Dorothy L. Sayers, the murder mystery writer, and involves her character, the amateur detective Lord Peter Wimsey. It is not based on one of the Wimsey novels, but merely a story. Unfortunately Wimsey is here played by Peter Haddon as a 'silly ass' to such an outrageous extent that the film becomes entirely ridiculous. There is not much acting talent in this film, and even the young Donald Wolfit as a villain hams it up and over-acts. The title refers to a dead man in a trunk who is a 'silent passenger' on a train. So this is a 'trunk murder' mystery, to use a popular phrase of yesteryear. The film is billed as starring John Loder, a well known young actor of the period, but he is not strictly speaking the lead actor. The worst acting is probably by Lilian Oldland, who plays Loder's wife. She retired from the screen the same year, and no wonder. There are some exciting scenes in the latter part of this film set in a London railway maintenance yard, or 'repair shop' as they call it. In one scene, two men are fighting on the tracks and trying to kill one another while a steam engine is slowly moving towards them. In fact, there are very many excellent and interesting shots and scenes involving trains and a station which, though never seen in a wide shot so that one can be certain, appears to be St. Pancras. Throughout the story, people keep getting on and off of trains, and anyone interested in the trains being used in 1935, both inside and out, will have plenty to see. Anyone interested in Lord Peter Wimsey should definitely take a sedative before sitting through this travesty, however.


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Country:

UK

Language:

French | 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

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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