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17 April 1951 (USA) See more »
Clay Douglas an American, comes to England, to find out the truth behind his brothers death during a commando operation in occupied France... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Ray Milland ... Clay Douglas

Patricia Roc ... Elspeth Graham

Marius Goring ... Sholto Lewis
Hugh Sinclair ... Hamish McArran
Naunton Wayne ... Reggie Sinclair
Edward Rigby ... Idwal Llewellyn
Marjorie Fielding ... Margaret McArran

John Bailey ... Pape Llewellyn

Colin Gordon ... Col. Fairbairn

Dora Bryan ... Bubbles Fitzgerald
Reginald Beckwith ... Oliver
David Hutcheson ... Tony Wrexham
Michael Brennan ... Bert Oakshott
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Butterworth ... Ernie (The Diver) (uncredited)
Erik Chitty ... Boxoffice Clerk (uncredited)
Philip Dale ... Jim Stoner (uncredited)
Patricia Davidson ... (uncredited)
Archie Duncan ... Angus (uncredited)
Nora Gordon ... Sheila (uncredited)
George Margo ... Sim (uncredited)
Pat Ryan ... Geronimo's Patron (uncredited)
Ben Williams ... Mine Official (uncredited)

Directed by
Jacques Tourneur 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Philip MacDonald  novel "White Heather"

Produced by
Joan Harrison .... producer
David E. Rose .... producer
John R. Sloan .... producer
Original Music by
Robert Farnon 
Cinematography by
Oswald Morris 
Gilbert Taylor 
Film Editing by
Alan Osbiston 
Costume Design by
Phyllis Dalton 
Makeup Department
Nina Broe .... hair stylist
Jim Hydes .... makeup artist
Production Management
Fred Gunn .... production manager (as Fred C. Gunn)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kenneth K. Rick .... assistant director
Geoffrey Helman .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Duncan Sutherland .... settings
Sound Department
Alan Allen .... sound recordist
Red Law .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Arthur Ibbetson .... camera operator
Gilbert Taylor .... additional photographer
Other crew
Betty Buchel .... choreographer: ballet
Philip Buchel .... choreographer: ballet
Betty Forster .... continuity
Crew believed to be complete

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86 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

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Clay Douglas:Thanks again, and I appreciate all you've done for me - especially after the way I behaved.
Col. Fairbairn:Oh no - my fault entirely. I expect I rather seemed what you fellows call a stuffed shirt, I believe...?
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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
A trip to Scotland to uncover the past, 12 May 2003
Author: Ilya Mauter

An American World War II veteran Clay Douglas (Ray Milland) comes to Scotland in order to conduct an investigation concerning death of his brother during a special mission in France during the war, the mission where he was the only casualty what appears to be very strange to Clay. Travelling through Scotland, one by one he meets former war mates of his brother and tries to inquire them as about circumstances surrounding his death. But everyone pretends to know nothing or very little about what happened back then, the fact that makes Clay Douglas more and more sure that it's in fact one of them, his former colleges, is guilty of his death. The question is: which one of them?

Circle of Danger marked Jacques Tourneur's return to Europe, namely Great Britain where he went in order to make this movie. Though the Circle of Danger doesn't belong to the Film-Noir genre it might be considered the bleak shadow of Jacques Tourneur's Film-Noir classic Out of the Past. Parallels can be drown especially in terms of the story, which in both cases concerns the main character's past, only in Out of the Past Robert Mitchum's character Jeff Bailey tries to forget it, to hide from it, which ultimately proves to be impossible and results in tragic ending, while in Circle of Danger Ray Milland's character Clay Douglas decides to travel back in time and uncover its mysteries related the unclear circumstances of his brother's death in world War II. Only in Circle of Danger everything is much more `primitive', much more simplistic in terms of the story and character's development and their interactions as well as in lacking of that great wittiness of dialogs which is one of the main masterpiece ingredients of the Out of the Past, and finally the film's ending, a time where a question might arise in our minds: Is it was worthy the time we invested in seeing it? 6/10

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