The Sinister Man

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The Sinister Man
"The Sinister Man" (1961).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byClive Donner
Produced byJack Greenwood
Written byRobert Stewart
Edgar Wallace (novel)
StarringPatrick Allen
Gerald Anderson
William Gaunt
John Bentley
Music byCharles Blackwell
CinematographyBert Mason
Edited byDerek Holding
Distributed byAnglo-Amalgamated Film Distributors
Release date
December 1961
Running time
61 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Sinister Man is a 1961 British crime drama film directed by Clive Donner and starring Patrick Allen and John Bentley.[1] It was one of the series of Edgar Wallace Mysteries, British second-features, produced at Merton Park Studios in the 1960s.[2]


The body of an Oxford professor is found floating in the river Thames. He had previously been studying an archeological artefact known as the Kytang Wafers, and this is now missing. Scotland Yard investigates. The wafers are bits of ancient text that could alter the relations between Red China and a Tibetan type nation called "Kytang". An autopsy reveals that the professor was murdered by a karate blow.


Critical reception[edit] described the film as "definitely one of the great Edgar Wallace entries with a fab cast that includes a pre-Steptoe Wilfred Brambell, Patrick Allen, William Gaunt and Burt Kwouk. John Bentley who took the lead as Superintendent Willis was a popular actor in the late fifties and early sixties but is all but forgotten these days."[3]


  1. ^ "The Sinister Man". BFI.
  2. ^ "» EDGAR WALLACE AT MERTON PARK – by Tise Vahimagi".
  3. ^ Mem TV. "Edgar Wallace Mysteries: The Sinister Man (1961 Merton Park with John Bentley)".

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