The Sinister Man

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 Sinister Man
Theatrical release poster
Directed byClive Donner
Produced byJack Greenwood
Written byRobert Stewart
Based onnovel The Sinister Man by Edgar Wallace
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 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 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] while Classic Movie Ramblings wrote "The Sinister Man isn’t exactly a good movie but it has plenty of energy and a few intriguingly odd moments. I found it to be strangely appealing."[4]

DVD release

The film is included in Volume 2 of The Edgar Wallace Mystery series, released on region 2 DVD by Network, in 2012.[5]


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