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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
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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In order to hide the identity of the "Red Circle" until the end of the film, his voice is dubbed by another actor.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Lukas: Mann und Maus (#3.4)" (1998)See more »


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2 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Good but unremarkable Wallace thriller, 26 August 2007
Author: dbborroughs from Glen Cove, New York

Another in the German Wallace cycle involving multiple murders and blackmail as the result of an execution that went wrong seven years earlier. Good but not great this film never really added up to much more than people moving around trying to figure out who the villain was and to stay far enough on his good side that they didn't end up dead. To be honest while it isn't a bad movie, its quite good, its very generic as these things go, blending so much into the mass of German Wallace films that I started to nod off towards the end. Its not the fault of the film entirely since I am under the weather, but at the same time I kind of allowed my self to drift because I sort of felt I knew where it was going. Worth a look on Late night TV or if you are in an undemanding mood.

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