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The Sinister Man 

A body found in the River Thames 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.

Director:

Clive Donner

Writer:

Robert Banks Stewart (screenplay) (as Robert Stewart)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Bentley ... Superintendent Wills
Patrick Allen ... Dr. Nelson Pollard
Jacqueline Ellis ... Elsa Marlowe
John Glyn-Jones John Glyn-Jones ... Dr. Maurice Tarn
Brian McDermott Brian McDermott ... Det. Sgt. Stillman
Gerald Andersen Gerald Andersen ... Major Paul Amery (as Gerald Anderson)
Wilfrid Brambell ... Lock-Keeper (as Wilfred Brambell)
Edward Atienza Edward Atienza ... Clerk
Ric Young ... Johnny Choto (as Eric Young)
Robert Lee ... Mr. Nam Lee
Yvonne Buckingham Yvonne Buckingham ... Miss Russell
William Gaunt ... Mitch Hallam
Michael Deacon Michael Deacon ... Angus
Arnold Lee Arnold Lee ... Soyoki
John Horsley ... Pathologist
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A body found in the River Thames 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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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Trivia

Clive Donner wanted Hugh Morton to play Major Paul Amery (Gerald Andersen (as Gerald Anderson), but producer Jack Greenwood vetoed Morton, feeling Morton was wrong for Major Amery. 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 JohnHowardReidSee 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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1961 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Marlow Lock, Buckinghamshire See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Merton Park Studios See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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