Three Silent Men

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Three Silent Men
Three Silent Men (1940 film).jpg
Directed by Thomas Bentley
Produced by F.W. Baker
Written by Jack Byrd
Dudley Leslie
Based on the novel Three Silent Men by E.P. Thorne[1]
Starring Sebastian Shaw
Derrick De Marney
Patricia Roc
Arthur Hambling
Cinematography Geoffrey Faithfull
Edited by Cecil H. Williamson
Distributed by Butcher's Film Service
Release date
7 December 1940
Running time
72 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

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] A pacifist surgeon must operate to save the life of the inventor of a deadly weapon of war, and 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 real murderer.


Critical reception[edit]

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


  1. ^ Goble, Alan (1 January 1999). "The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film". Walter de Gruyter – via Google Books. 
  2. ^ "Three Silent Men (1940)". 
  3. ^ "Three Silent Men (1940) - Daniel Birt - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related - AllMovie". 
  4. ^ "Three Silent Men". 

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