The Silent Passenger

  • 1935
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Crime

The first film featuring novelist Dorothy L. Sayer's popular Lord Peter Wimsey character. Unfortunately her fascinating amateur detective is portrayed as something of an eccentric twit who solves murders in spite of himself. The tale begins as railroad detective Wolfit decides to rid himself of an annoying blackmailer, played by Perrins. Wolfit kills Perrins...read more

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The first film featuring novelist Dorothy L. Sayer's popular Lord Peter Wimsey character. Unfortunately her fascinating amateur detective is portrayed as something of an eccentric twit who solves murders in spite of himself. The tale begins as railroad detective Wolfit decides to rid

himself of an annoying blackmailer, played by Perrins. Wolfit kills Perrins and stuffs the body into a trunk owned by Loder which is on its way from London to the English Channel by train. By coincidence, the corpse just happens to be the former lover of Loder's wife, Newland (he blackmailed her

as well), and, when the body is finally discovered, things look bad for Loder. Sensing the young man's innocence, another passenger on the train, Lord Peter Wimsey (Haddon), works to clear his fellow traveler's name. Using the accused as bait, Haddon flushes out the real killer, Wolfit, and all

ends up well. THE SILENT PASSENGER is not based on one of Sayer's novels, but was inspired by a story written by her to fulfill a contractual agreement for the production company. An interesting character, Wimsey would have few screen appearances until the BBC resurrected him for a television

series in 1973 that would later debut on American TV screens as part of PBS's "Masterpiece Theater" series.

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