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The Red Circle -- A strange, red circle appears on the neck of a man saved from the guillotine. What is its mysterious meaning? Tragically, it turns out to be something of a family curse, as each generation thereafter bears the same sign, which in turn leads to blackmail and murder.


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22 August 1960 (Denmark) See more »
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Renate Ewert ... Thalia Drummond
Klausjürgen Wussow ... Derrick Yale
Karl-Georg Saebisch ... Insp. Parr (as Karl Georg Saebisch)
Thomas Alder ... Jack Beardmore
Ernst Fritz Fürbringer ... Sir Archibald Morton (as Ernst W. Fürbringer)
Erica Beer ... Mrs. Carlyle
Fritz Rasp ... Froyant
Eddi Arent ... Sgt. Haggett

Edith Mill ... Lady Doringham
Ulrich Beiger ... Osborne
Richard Lauffen ... Marles
Heinz Klevenow ... Brabazon
Alfred Schlageter ... Mr. Beardmore
Panos Papadopulos ... Matrose Selby
Albert Watson ... Sgt. Johnson
Richard Grupe ... James
Karl-Heinz Peters ... Henker
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Friedrich Schütter ... Henry Charles Lightman
Mogens Brandt ... (uncredited)
Günter Hauer ... Schaffner (uncredited)
Alf Marholm ... Gefängnisdirektor (uncredited)
Georg Philipp ... (uncredited)
Jürgen Roland ... Polizist (uncredited)

Directed by
Jürgen Roland 
Writing credits
Edgar Wallace (novel "The Crimson Circle")

Egon Eis  (as Trygve Larsen) and
Wolfgang Menge 

Produced by
Preben Philipsen .... producer
Original Music by
Willy Mattes 
Cinematography by
Heinz Pehlke 
Film Editing by
Margot Jahn 
Production Design by
Erik Aaes 
Costume Design by
Lilo Hagen 
Makeup Department
Fritz Seyfried .... makeup artist
Aase Tarp .... makeup artist
Production Management
Helmut Beck .... production manager
Werner Hedman .... unit manager
Michel Hildesheim .... unit manager
Sound Department
Knud Kristensen .... sound
Jens Ravn .... assistant sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Bernhard Hellmund .... assistant camera
Wolfgang Treu .... camera operator

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Also Known As:
"Der rote Kreis" - Denmark (original title)
"The Crimson Circle" - USA (dubbed version)
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Germany:92 min
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

After the huge success of "Der Frosch mit der Maske" (1959) which cost 600,000 DEM to make, Rialto Film was willing to put 1,000,000 DEM into this production. However, when the film was finished, the overall amount of the budget used turned out to be almost exactly as high as the first film's budget and approximately 400,000 DEM were left.See more »
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Referenced in "Lukas: Mann und Maus (#3.4)" (1998)See more »


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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Good Edgar Wallace thriller, 17 November 2000
Author: evilskip from Under the guillotine

This is one of the early West German Edgar Wallace based thrillers.For some reason it doesn't get a lot of attention.That is too bad because this is a crackerjack thriller.

After narrowly avoiding the guillotine a master criminal returns to London and wreaks havoc.Blackmail and murder are the trademarks of the Crimson Circle.25 people will die in his (or her) spree.

A private investigator is called in to help Scotland Yard after 18 people fall prey to the Crimson Circle. Inspector Parr is deemed to be too old and behind the times to apprehend the murderer.Parr asks for and is granted special authority to carry out his plan.However it seemingly backfires in his face and 7 more people meet their grisly fate.

Involved is a neer do well, a young lady of villainous ways, suspicious police officials and a shady Frenchmen.Who is the Crimson Circle?

The plot is fast paced and there is plenty of action. The cast is up to the task and the vehicle is well directed.A nice little surprise awaits at the end. Well worth seeking out for an evening's entertainment.

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