The Silent Passenger

The Silent Passenger

Film credits
Directed by Reginald Denham
Produced by Hugh Perceval
Written by Basil Mason
Based on a story
by Dorothy L. Sayers
Starring John Loder
Peter Haddon
Music by Percival Mackey
Cinematography Jan Stallich
Edited by Thorold Dickinson
Release dates
  • 11 November 1935 (1935-11-11) (UK)
Running time
75 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Silent Passenger is a British black-and-white mystery film produced in 1935 at Ealing Studios, London.[1] This was the first film outing for novelist Dorothy L. Sayers' fictional amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey. It was based on an original story written by Sayers specifically for the screen. Her amateur sleuth was portrayed as a somewhat eccentric imbecile who solved murders in spite of himself.


A blackmailer is murdered by the husband of one of his victims, railway detective Henry Camberley (Donald Wolfit), but it is the innocent John Ryder (John Loder) who is suspected of the murder when Camberley puts the dead body into his trunk. After making the casual acquaintance of Ryder, amateur detective Lord Peter Wimsey (Peter Haddon) sets about proving his friend's innocence. All these events take place while on a train trip from London to the English Channel, with Ryder acting as "bait" to flush out the real killer and solve the murder.



  1. "Silent Passenger, The". The Complete Index To World Film since 1895. Alan Goble. Retrieved 2008-01-17.
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