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Ring of Fear
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Writers:
Paul Fix (original screenplay) and
Philip MacDonald (original screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
24 July 1954 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
MICKEY SPILLANE'S A MOVIE STAR NOW! BRINGING YOU EVERY BULLET-AND-BLONDE THRILL HE'S FAMOUS FOR! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
Plot:
Three psychiatrists find that Dublin O'Malley has homicidal tendencies, an under-diagnosis at best. O'Malley kills a guard... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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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)
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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
 
Sound Department
Ed Borschell .... sound recordist
Francis J. Scheid .... sound mixer
 
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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Runtime:
93 min
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Color:
Color (Warnercolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound System) (magnetic prints) | Mono (optical prints)
Certification:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (PCA #16800, General Audience) | West Germany:12 (nf)
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Trivia:
Final film of veteran director D. Ross Lederman (although he did not direct but served as Associate Producer).See more »
Goofs:
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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17 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Cashing In On The Greatest Show On Earth, 24 January 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

After Cecil B. DeMille's extravaganza, The Greatest Show On Earth came out, he showed Charlton Heston a review from a paper and told him it was the greatest review he will ever have as an actor. The reviewer remarked at what a great performance DeMille got out of the circus boss. Of course Charlton Heston wasn't CHARLTON HESTON back then.

What John Wayne and partner Robert Fellows did instead of getting actors hired a couple of real people to play themselves, Clyde Beatty and Mickey Spillane. Good thing these two did not attempt to create a character and just played themselves.

Clyde Beatty, jungle cat trainer extraordinaire, just isn't and actor. The poor man looked very embarrassed indeed. My guess is that he wanted to publicize his circus in the way that Ringling Brothers had their circus publicized by DeMille. I'm sure that is the genesis of Ring of Fear. Beatty had played himself before in the Abbott&Costello film Africa Screams. There like here his dialog was kept to a minimum.

When you've got a string of unexplained accidents at the circus, what do you do, but hire a mystery writer to solve the crime. That's what Beatty does, his circus boss played by Pat O'Brien gets Mickey Spillane obviously thinking he's really Mike Hammer. Fortunately what Spillane does is get a real detective to do the actual work.

Like The Greatest Show on Earth, Ring of Fear has a psychotic doing all these dastardly deeds. Sean McClory steps into the able psychotic shoes of Lyle Bettger. Bettger's psychosis however in the other film was only part of that plot. Here the suspense is killed rather early when you know right away that McClory is the bad guy.

In his memoirs The Wind at my Back, Pat O'Brien took time to thank John Wayne for this part. His career was in doldrums at the time and O'Brien was grateful for the part. He certainly out acted his two co-stars.

The circus acts are entertaining, they're the best part of Ring of Fear. John Wayne later on appeared in a circus film of his own, Circus World, that director/writer James Edward Grant did the script for him. That Cinerama epic, unfortunately ran into an unforeseen problem.

The re-release of The Greatest Show On Earth.

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