Three Silent Men

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Three Silent Men
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Directed by Thomas Bentley
Written byJack Byrd
Dudley Leslie
Based onthe novel Three Silent Men by E.P. Thorne [1]
Produced byF.W. Baker
Starring Sebastian Shaw
Derrick De Marney
Patricia Roc
Arthur Hambling
Cinematography Geoffrey Faithfull
Edited by Cecil H. Williamson
Distributed byButcher's Film Service
Release date
7 September 1940
Running time
72 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Three Silent Men is a 1940 British crime film directed by Thomas Bentley and starring Sebastian Shaw, Derrick De Marney, Patricia Roc and Arthur Hambling. [2] The screenplay concerns a pacifist surgeon who must operate to save the life of the inventor of a deadly weapon of war. When the inventor dies the surgeon becomes prime suspect. [3]



Pacifist surgeon Sir James Quentin (Sebastian Shaw) operates on Zaroff (Meinhart Maur), the inventor of a lethal weapon to be used against the Allies in the war. When Zaroff is discovered dead from an excess of ether, Quentin is immediately suspected. To clear her father's name, Quentin's daughter Pat (Patricia Roc) and her boyfriend Captain Mellish (Derrick De Marney) search for the murderer.


Critical reception

TV Guide gave the film two out of five stars, calling it, "Badly written, though the suspense makes it entertaining." [4]

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