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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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Great Circus Show, Weak Plot and Acting 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)

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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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: 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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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Great Circus Show, Weak Plot and Acting, 1 April 2009
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

After being analyzed by three psychologists and considered schizophrenic with homicidal tendencies, the former ringmaster Dublin O'Malley (Sean McClory) subdues the guard that is escorting him to his room and escapes from the mental institution where he is interned. He travels by train and later he attacks a worker and swaps the clothing, throwing the man on the trail of an approaching train. Then he goes to the city where the Clyde Beatty Circus is camped, seeking revenge against the lion tamer Clyde Beatty and also seeking out his former lover, the trapeze artist Valerie St. Dennis (Marian Carr). Valerie is married with her mate Armand St. Dennis (John Bromfield), with whom they have a daughter. Dublin meets the alcoholic clown Twitchy (Emmett Lynn) and uses booze to force him to sabotage the circus. Then Dublin is hired by Frank Wallace (Pat O'Brien) to his former position. Frank also brings the writer Mickey Spillane and detective Jack Stang to investigate the sabotages and make clear to the superstitious performers that there is no jinx in the circus. When Dublin kills Twitchy, the smart investigators find evidences that he might be a maniac killer.

"Ring of Fear" is a weird and disappointing movie, with a forgettable story, many non-actors performing themselves and filmed in a circus. The result is a great circus show, but with a predictable weak plot and terrible performances. In the end, it is better off going to the circus than watching this flick. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "O Circo do Medo" ("The Circus of the Fear")

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