The Floating Dutchman

The Floating Dutchman is a 1952 British crime film directed by Vernon Sewell and starring Dermot Walsh, Sydney Tafler and Mary Germaine. It was known as 'Clue for a Corpse' on U.S. TV. The film was an early product of Merton Park Studios, a British company best known for its Edgar Wallace Mysteries of the 1960s. [1][2] Its plot involves Dermot Walsh as a Scotland Yard detective who goes undercover amongst jewel thieves after a dead Dutchman is found floating in the river. It is based on a novel by Nicholas Bentley.[3]

The Floating Dutchman
Directed byVernon Sewell
Produced byWilliam H. Williams
Written byVernon Sewell
Based ona novel by Nicolas Bentley
StarringDermot Walsh
Sydney Tafler
Mary Germaine
Music byEric Spear
CinematographyJosef Ambor
Edited byGeoffrey Muller
Distributed byAllied Artists Pictures
Release date
Running time
76 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Critical reception

  • TV Guide called the film a "below average crime drama." [4]
  • BFI Screenonline noted the film began, "with an opening sequence that anticipates Hitchcock's Frenzy (1972)." [5]


  1. "The Floating Dutchman (1953) - Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast". AllMovie. Retrieved 19 April 2014.
  2. "BFI | Film & TV Database | The FLOATING DUTCHMAN (1953)". 16 April 2009. Retrieved 19 April 2014.
  3. "The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film - Google Books". Retrieved 19 April 2014.
  4. "The Floating Dutchman Review". Retrieved 19 April 2014.
  5. "BFI Screenonline: Sewell, Vernon (1903-2001) Biography". Retrieved 19 April 2014.

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