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Ring of Fear (1954)

Approved | | Adventure, Mystery | 24 July 1954 (USA)
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.

Directors:

James Edward Grant, William A. Wellman (uncredited)

Writers:

Paul Fix (original screenplay), Philip MacDonald (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 ... Jack Stang
Kenneth Tobey ... Shreveport
Kathy Cline Kathy Cline ... Suzette St. Dennis
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Storyline

Three psychiatrists find that Dublin O'Malley has homicidal tendencies, an under-diagnosis at best. O'Malley kills a guard, escapes from the mental institution, and then kills a railroad worker. He changes clothes with the dead man and pushes the corpse in front of a train. He then heads for the Clyde Beatty Circus, having a yen for aerialist Valerie St. Dennis, now married to her partner. O'Malley is also seeking revenge against Beatty. He approaches alcoholic clown, Twitchy, and, between booze and blackmail, forces Twitchy to commit acts of sabotage against the circus. The performers think the show is jinxed, so Beatty asks crime-author Mickey Spillane to come by and see what he can do about the situation, and the show's general manager, Frank Wallace, agrees to give him full cooperation and isn't seen much anymore. Spillane brings in Jack Stang to help him. Twitchy is about to go to Beatty and tell all, but O'Malley kills him and makes it look like an accident. But the fictional ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

EVERY CIRCUS WONDER! CLYDE BEATTY AND HIS GIGANTIC 3-RING CIRCUS (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Mystery

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Man-Killer See more »

Filming Locations:

Phoenix, Arizona, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound System) (magnetic prints)| Mono (optical prints)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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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 »

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The opening narration states that the circus' elephants are African but they are clearly Indian as African elephants have much larger ears. See more »

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References The Fake (1953) See more »

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Middling Circus Pic Saved by Sean McClory
9 July 2009 | by JohnHowardReidSee all my reviews

Although William A. Wellman took over the direction about halfway through, Ring of Fear (1954) offers middling entertainment at best. It's a "Hand me another shot of the same crowd" movie in which the premier pleasures are Sean McClory's charismatic performance as the maniacal ringmaster, and the circus acts themselves. But although these latter acts would seem a natural for CinemaScope, they are not as prominently featured as we would wish. We do see a lot of hardboiled crime writer Mickey Spillane though, and even more of Clyde Beatty, who is not slow to advertise himself. In the credits and the first few minutes of the film, his name is prominently displayed 28 times. Despite Beatty's fearless big cat taming, he is out-acted by less grand-standing members of the troupe, particularly Emmett Lynn and Pat O'Brien. Marian Carr makes a delectable heroine.


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