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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?

Director:

Reginald Denham

Writers:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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British Murder Yarn.
18 September 2010 | by MozjoukineSee all my reviews

Quite polished for the British pre WW2 Edgar Wallace era, with globe trotting Czech Jan (Ekstase, Le Golem) Stalich's lighting and solid looking, uncredited decors as assets.

It's still a formula British crime piece, apparently the first movie Dorothy L. Sayers adaptation, with Silly Ass Haddon's Lord Peter Wimsey getting billed below presentable lovers Loder and Oldland/Newland, drawn into a seedy blackmail plot that spirals into murder. The support cast is familiar faces. Director Denham and Donald Wolfit worked together at this time and this is interesting to watch.

Standard elements,trains and "the Yard of Scotland," as the frog customs man calls it, provide enough interest and the climax in the rail maintenance shed, with a runaway locomotive crashing through the closed door, is an agreeable pay off that outclasses the talk bound activity preceding it.


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