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Daredevils of the Red Circle (1939)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 10 June 1939 (USA)
Using a diabolical disguise, Harry Crowel embarks on a vengeful career of destruction...opposed by three heroic daredevils.


Barry Shipman (original screenplay), Franklin Adreon (original screenplay) (as Franklyn Adreon) | 3 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Quigley ... Gene Townley
Bruce Bennett ... Tiny Dawson (as Herman Brix)
David Sharpe ... Bert Knowles
Carole Landis ... Blanche Granville
Miles Mander ... Horace Granville
Charles Middleton ... 39013 - Harry Crowel
C. Montague Shaw ... Dr. Malcolm
Ben Taggart ... Dixon
William Pagan William Pagan ... Police Chief Landon [Ch. 1]
Corbet Morris ... Klein [Ch. 5]
Raymond Bailey ... Stanley - Secretary [Chs. 1-3, 11]
Fred 'Snowflake' Toones ... Snowflake (as Snowflake)
George Chesebro ... Sheffield [Chs. 1, 11]
Ray Miller Ray Miller ... Jeff
Robert Winkler ... Sammy Townley [Chs. 1, 11]


Diabolical mastermind Harry Crowel, a.k.a. Prisoner 39013, escapes and, with a seemingly endless supply of henchmen, sets out to destroy all holdings of industrialist Horace Granville, who put him in prison. One target is an amusement park, home of the three Daredevils of the Red Circle, who perform death-defying stunts. Aghast at innocent lives lost, our three heroes swear to capture No. 39013. It'll be harder than they suspect; the villain is holding the real Granville captive, and with a near-perfect disguise, has taken his place! Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Harry Crowel prisoner number 39013 is used again in Daughter of Don Q (1946) for thug, Mel Donovan (Roy Barcroft). When a mugshot is shown of Donovan, his number is 39013. It appears to be the same in both movies. See more »


In chapter 1 police reports show prisoner 39013 as James Crowel, but thought out the movie he is called Harry. See more »


Horace Granville: You're mad!
No. 39013, Harry Crowel: I spent 15 years in a cell like that. That's enough to make anyone, if not mad, then very annoyed.
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Crazy Credits

The titular trio have a pet dog named Tuffie. His is the 16th name in the cast list. See more »


Edited into King of the Carnival (1955) See more »

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The best of the chapterplays
9 January 2001 | by Mike-764See all my reviews

39013, an escaped convict, carries out his revenge on the man who put him in prison, by imprisoning Granville and impersonating him, with the aid of Granville's traitorous aides. When destroying all of Granville's holdings in order to ruin him, he burns down the Granville Amusement Center, which claims the life of the younger brother of one of three circus daredevils. The three daredevils then swear vengeance against 39013, and are hired by Granville to hunt him down, even though the impersonation is in effect. Brilliant plot, with the best chapter endings caught on film, especially one and eight, and one is probably the greatest of all, with Gene trying to outrace on motorcycle a torrent of water quickly filling up a tunnel. 12 chapters. In terms of serials, 10 out of 10.

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Release Date:

10 June 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der gelbe Kreis See more »


Box Office


$126,118 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs


(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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