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Ring of Fear -- The Clyde Beatty Circus seems jinxed, falling victim again and again to apparent accidents which are actually the acts of a murderous saboteur. Mystery writer Mickey Spillane comes on the scene to solve the case.


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24 July 1954 (USA) See more »
The Clyde Beatty Circus seems jinxed, falling victim again and again to apparent accidents which are actually the acts of a murderous saboteur. Mystery writer Mickey Spillane comes on the scene to solve the case. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Clyde Beatty ... Clyde Beatty
Mickey Spillane ... Mickey Spillane

Pat O'Brien ... Frank Wallace
Sean McClory ... Dublin O'Malley
Marian Carr ... Valerie St. Dennis

John Bromfield ... Armand St. Dennis

Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez ... Pedro Gonzales (as Gonzalez-Gonzales)
Emmett Lynn ... Twitchy
Jack Stang ... Jack Stang

Kenneth Tobey ... Shreveport
Kathy Cline ... Suzette St. Dennis
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vince Barnett ... Vendor (uncredited)
Booth Colman ... Psychiatrist (uncredited)
Poodles Hanneford ... Bareback Riding Act (uncredited)
Don C. Harvey ... Man Killed by O'Malley (uncredited)
Harry Hines ... Roustabout (uncredited)
Queenie Leonard ... Tillie / Fortune-Teller (uncredited)
Wendell Niles ... Radio Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
Henry Rowland ... Lunch Counter Proprietor (uncredited)
Arthur Space ... Psychiatrist (uncredited)

Forrest Taylor ... Psychiatrist (uncredited)
Karl Wallenda ... Karl Wallenda - Trapeze Performer (uncredited)

Directed by
James Edward Grant 
William A. Wellman (uncredited)
Writing credits
Paul Fix (original screenplay) and
Philip MacDonald (original screenplay) and
James Edward Grant (original screenplay)

Mickey Spillane  uncredited

Produced by
Robert Fellows .... producer
D. Ross Lederman .... associate producer
John Wayne .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Arthur Lange 
Emil Newman 
Paul Dunlap (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Edwin B. DuPar 
Film Editing by
Fred MacDowell 
Set Decoration by
Victor A. Gangelin  (as Victor Gangelin)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mel Dellar .... assistant director
Lee White .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Ed Borschell .... sound recordist
Francis J. Scheid .... sound mixer
Galla Shawn .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jane Beatty .... circus wardrobe
Other crew
Clyde Beatty .... technical advisor
Jane Beatty .... production numbers
William J. Hole Jr. .... script supervisor

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93 min
Color (WarnerColor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound System) (magnetic prints) | Mono (optical prints)
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (PCA #16800, General Audience) | West Germany:12 (nf)
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Final film of veteran director D. Ross Lederman (although he did not direct but served as Associate Producer).See more »
Continuity: During the scene at the beginning of the movie, where Dublin is pleading his case before the prison board, the photograph he places in his right breast pocket changes position between camera shots.See more »


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Middling Circus Pic Saved by Sean McClory, 9 July 2009
Author: JohnHowardReid

Although William A. Wellman took over the direction about halfway through, Ring of Fear (1954) offers middling entertainment at best. It's a "Hand me another shot of the same crowd" movie in which the premier pleasures are Sean McClory's charismatic performance as the maniacal ringmaster, and the circus acts themselves. But although these latter acts would seem a natural for CinemaScope, they are not as prominently featured as we would wish. We do see a lot of hardboiled crime writer Mickey Spillane though, and even more of Clyde Beatty, who is not slow to advertise himself. In the credits and the first few minutes of the film, his name is prominently displayed 28 times. Despite Beatty's fearless big cat taming, he is out-acted by less grand-standing members of the troupe, particularly Emmett Lynn and Pat O'Brien. Marian Carr makes a delectable heroine.

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