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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 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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Genres:

Drama | Mystery

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1961 (UK) See more »

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Production Co:

Merton Park Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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John Ringham was interviewed for Mitch Hallam. See more »

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Edited from The Sinister Man (1961) See more »

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Great locations, silly plot
22 March 2019 | by lucyrfSee all my reviews

Despite the silly plot about two nameless Asian countries, this is worth watching. It employs a lot of Asian actors, including Bert Kwouk. But the story starts with the slow progress of what is clearly a corpse down the river. Two lock keepers pursuing their slow-paced job fish it out. The action moves to a boatyard and we're just getting to know the father and daughter who run it when we switch to an Oxford college and a roomful of dodgy-looking academics. Theirs is the central story and a lot is packed into the rest of the running time. Will the pretty girl with the distressingly frumpy wardrobe agree to marry the older man who has showered her with attention, flattery and kindness? She has other suitors including the blue-eyed, unsmiling fellow from the Champions. Eric Young is their Asian colleague, who likes to hold conversations with his back to the other speaker.


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