The Silent Battle

The Silent Battle is a 1939 British thriller film directed by Herbert Mason and starring Rex Harrison, Valerie Hobson and John Loder.[1] It is also known by the alternative titles Continental Express and Peace in our Time. It was inspired by the novel Le Poisson Chinois by Jean Bommart. Secret agents try to defeat terrorists on the Orient Express.

The Silent Battle
UK pressbook cover
Directed byHerbert Mason
Produced byAnthony Havelock-Allan
Written byWolfgang Wilhelm
Rodney Ackland
Emeric Pressburger (uncredited)
Based onthe novel "Le Poisson Chinois" by Jean Bommart
StarringRex Harrison
Valerie Hobson
John Loder
Music byFrancis Chagrin
CinematographyBernard Browne
Edited byPhilip Charlot
Pinebrook Studios
Distributed byParamount British Pictures (UK)
Release date
  • March 1939 (1939-03) (UK)
  • 1 March 1942 (1942-03-01) (U.S.)
Running time
73 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

It is a remake of the French film The Silent Battle (1937)


Critical reception

TV Guide wrote, "competent prewar spy drama with a fairly talented cast, but it doesn't pack the action or suspense of the great espionage drama Night Train to Munich (1940), also starring Harrison."[2]


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