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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:
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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Routine plot, but the real life circus atmosphere makes it worthwhile. 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: 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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Routine plot, but the real life circus atmosphere makes it worthwhile., 2 February 2011
Author: guanche from New York City

In some ways this is s standard "formula" mystery. Yet it's a very interesting and off beat film in other respects. A young Mickey Spillane; looking like a near clone of Sean Penn; plays himself as a rather inept detective.

The action takes place in the real Clyde Beatty Circus, where a homicidal maniac is on the loose. Clyde Beatty, who also plays himself, was perhaps the most skilled animal trainer of all time and in the 40s and 50s ran his own circus, a serious competitor to Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey. The best parts of the film (at least from my perspective) were closeups of him performing with lions and tigers, often several at a time. You can actually see the highly specific and technical body poses and behaviors he uses to control multiple animals that would love to tear him to pieces. A fascinating peek into the psyches of large carnivores.

Entertaining and quite out of the ordinary.

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