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The Red Circle (1960)

Der rote Kreis (original title)
A strange, red circle appears on the neck of a man saved from the guillotine. What is its mysterious meaning? Tragically, it turns out to be something of a family curse, as each generation ... See full summary »

Director:

Jürgen Roland

Writers:

Edgar Wallace (novel), Egon Eis (as Trygve Larsen) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Renate Ewert ... Thalia Drummond
Klausjürgen Wussow ... Derrick Yale
Karl-Georg Saebisch Karl-Georg Saebisch ... Insp. Parr (as Karl Georg Saebisch)
Thomas Alder Thomas Alder ... Jack Beardmore
Ernst Fritz Fürbringer ... Sir Archibald Morton (as Ernst W. Fürbringer)
Erica Beer ... Mrs. Carlyle
Fritz Rasp ... Froyant
Eddi Arent ... Sgt. Haggett
Edith Mill ... Lady Doringham
Ulrich Beiger Ulrich Beiger ... Osborne
Richard Lauffen Richard Lauffen ... Marles
Heinz Klevenow Heinz Klevenow ... Brabazon
Alfred Schlageter Alfred Schlageter ... Mr. Beardmore
Panos Papadopulos Panos Papadopulos ... Matrose Selby
Albert Watson Albert Watson ... Sgt. Johnson
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A strange, red circle appears on the neck of a man saved from the guillotine. What is its mysterious meaning? Tragically, it turns out to be something of a family curse, as each generation thereafter bears the same sign, which in turn leads to blackmail and murder. Written by Anonymous

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Thriller | Crime

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Country:

Denmark | West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

22 August 1960 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

The Crimson Circle See more »

Filming Locations:

Copenhagen, Denmark See more »

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Budget:

DEM600,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

After the huge success of "Der Frosch mit der Maske" (1959) which cost 600,000 DEM to make, Rialto Film was willing to put 1,000,000 DEM into this production. However, when the film was finished, the overall amount of the budget used turned out to be almost exactly as high as the first film's budget and approximately 400,000 DEM were left. See more »

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The names of the cast and crew, in the opening titles, are placed over a steel grid, as a nod to director nm0738056, who had become famous through the TV series tt0793361, which stands for steel grid in German. See more »

Alternate Versions

Additional scenes were shot for the English version. See more »

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Referenced in Lukas: Mann und Maus (1998) See more »

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Good Edgar Wallace thriller
17 November 2000 | by evilskipSee all my reviews

This is one of the early West German Edgar Wallace based thrillers.For some reason it doesn't get a lot of attention.That is too bad because this is a crackerjack thriller.

After narrowly avoiding the guillotine a master criminal returns to London and wreaks havoc.Blackmail and murder are the trademarks of the Crimson Circle.25 people will die in his (or her) spree.

A private investigator is called in to help Scotland Yard after 18 people fall prey to the Crimson Circle. Inspector Parr is deemed to be too old and behind the times to apprehend the murderer.Parr asks for and is granted special authority to carry out his plan.However it seemingly backfires in his face and 7 more people meet their grisly fate.

Involved is a neer do well, a young lady of villainous ways, suspicious police officials and a shady Frenchmen.Who is the Crimson Circle?

The plot is fast paced and there is plenty of action. The cast is up to the task and the vehicle is well directed.A nice little surprise awaits at the end. Well worth seeking out for an evening's entertainment.


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