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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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Well, it certainly has curiosity value... See more (12 total) »

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:
Originally intended to be photographed in 3-D and to be titled "Man-Killer."See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the scene where Dublin coerces Twitchy into sabotaging Armand St. Dennis's trapeze, right before Dublin leaves Twitchy is holding in his hands the handkerchief that he's been using as he applies his makeup; in the next shot, as Dublin leaves, he's clutching the bottle of liquor that Dublin has plied him with; in the shot after that, he is once again holding the handkerchief.See more »

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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Well, it certainly has curiosity value..., 8 July 2006
Author: TrevorAclea from London, England

Ring of Fear wins the curio crown in the recent collection of non-John Wayne Batjac films released on DVD from Paramount hands down, with Sean McClory's escaped homicidal maniac Dublin O'Malley (they knew how to give characters names in those days!) heading to Clyde Beatty's circus to wreak revenge on the distinctly odd lion tamer (playing himself with an interesting array of grimaces) and win back the trapeze artiste (Marian Carr) who spurned him by causing ever more dangerous accidents. Naturally, Beatty and circus manager Pat O'Brien choose the obvious course of action - no, not going to the cops, stupid, but bringing in Mickey Spillane (playing himself) and Jack Stang (the cop who was the model for Mike Hammer, playing himself) to find the guilty party.

Aside from McClory, coming over like a garrulous young Benny Hill, no-one has much of a part, which isn't a bad thing considering Spillane is the only one who is even remotely convincing playing himself - Stang looks like he's taken a few punches too many and Beatty literally has to shake his head to change his expression: the two men's reaction shot to an offscreen death-by-tiger is almost worth the price of admission on its own. The script is pretty mundane - no input from Spillane, but instead credited to Paul Fix, Philip MacDonald and John Wayne regular James Edward Grant, who also directs - but it's not without a certain sideshow appeal. And where else could you get to see Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez lose a fight with a kangaroo? Annoyingly, although an extract from the Spillane-hosted trailer appears on other Batjac DVDs, the full trailer hasn't been included: in fact, aside from a 2.35:1 widescreen transfer and a stereo remix, every effort has been spared on this no-extras disc.

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