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Daredevils of the Red Circle (1939)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 10 June 1939 (USA)
Using a diabolical disguise, Harry Crowel embarks on a vengeful career of destruction...opposed by three heroic daredevils.


(original screenplay), (original screenplay) (as Franklyn Adreon) | 3 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tiny Dawson (as Herman Brix)
Bert Knowles
Blanche Granville
Horace Granville
39013--Harry Crowel
Dr. Malcolm
William Pagan ...
Police Chief Landon [Ch. 1]
Klein [Ch. 5]
Stanley, Secretary [Chs. 1-3, 11]
Snowflake (as Snowflake)
Sheffield [Chs. 1, 11]
Ray Miller ...
Sammy Townley [Chs. 1, 11]


Diabolical mastermind Harry Crowel, a.k.a. Prisoner 39013, escapes and, with a seemingly endless supply of henchmen, sets out to destroy all holdings of industrialist Horace Granville, who put him in prison. One target is an amusement park, home of the three Daredevils of the Red Circle, who perform death-defying stunts. Aghast at innocent lives lost, our three heroes swear to capture No. 39013. It'll be harder than they suspect; the villain is holding the real Granville captive, and with a near-perfect disguise, has taken his place! Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Release Date:

10 June 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der gelbe Kreis  »

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$126,118 (estimated)

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(12 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Chapter Titles: 1: The Monstrous Plot; 2: The Mysterious Friend; 3: The Executioner; 4: Sabotage; 5: The Ray of death; 6: 30 Seconds to Live; 7: The Flooded Mine; 8: S.O.S.; 9: Ladder of Peril; 10: The Infernal Machine; 11: The Red Circle Speaks; 12: Flight to Doom See more »


In chapter four when the Daredevils rush out of the room they upset Snowflake knocking loose the dinner tray, when it crashed to the floor no food or drink is visible. See more »


Horace Granville: You're mad!
No. 39013, Harry Crowel: I spent 15 years in a cell like that. That's enough to make anyone, if not mad, then very annoyed.
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Crazy Credits

The titular trio have a pet dog named Tuffie. His is the 16th name in the cast list. See more »


Edited into King of the Carnival (1955) See more »

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Top of the line serial
19 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

This serial made at the peak of Republic's serial making may be the finest serial ever made. It has the best music score of any serial and a great serial cast including Charles Middleton, Herman Brix, C. Montague Shaw, David Sharpe and Charles Quigley. Also pretty Carole Landis and Miles Mander and you have one of the most energetic serials you will ever see. If you have never seen a serial and want to see one this may be the one to watch. It has been voted in the top 10 of an expert panel of serial fans appearing on all 25 panelist's lists.

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