The Floating Dutchman

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The Floating Dutchman
"The Floating Dutchman" (1952).jpg
Directed by Vernon Sewell
Produced by William H. Williams
Written by Vernon Sewell
Based on a novel by Nicolas Bentley
Starring Dermot Walsh
Sydney Tafler
Mary Germaine
Music by Eric Spear
Cinematography Josef Ambor
Edited by Geoffrey Muller
Distributed by Allied Artists Pictures
Release date
Running time
76 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

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]


Critical reception[edit]

  • 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 2014-04-19. 
  2. ^ "BFI | Film & TV Database | The FLOATING DUTCHMAN (1953)". 2009-04-16. Retrieved 2014-04-19. 
  3. ^ "The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film - Google Books". Retrieved 2014-04-19. 
  4. ^ "The Floating Dutchman Review". Retrieved 2014-04-19. 
  5. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Sewell, Vernon (1903-2001) Biography". Retrieved 2014-04-19. 

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