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The Circle (1957)

The Vicious Circle (original title)
When Dr. Howard Latimer finds the German actress that he had just met at London Airport murdered in his flat. It leads him into the world of murder, blackmail, and a fake passport scam.

Director:

Gerald Thomas

Writer:

Francis Durbridge (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
John Mills ... Dr. Howard Latimer
Derek Farr ... Kenneth Palmer
Noelle Middleton ... Laura James
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Maj. Harrington aka Robert Brady (as Wilfrid Hyde White)
Roland Culver ... Detective Inspector Dane
Mervyn Johns ... Dr. George Kimber
Rene Ray Rene Ray ... Mrs. Ambler
Lionel Jeffries ... Geoffrey Windsor
Lisa Daniely ... Frieda Veldon
David Williams David Williams ... The Detective Sergeant
Diana Lambert Diana Lambert ... Latimer's Office Nurse
Hal Osmond Hal Osmond ... Joe - Golf Caddy
Gillian Moran Gillian Moran
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When Dr. Howard Latimer finds the German actress that he had just met at London Airport murdered in his flat. It leads him into the world of murder, blackmail, and a fake passport scam.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75: 1
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Trivia

Opening credits: All characters in this photoplay are fictitious. See more »

Goofs

Latimer's fiancee has a latchkey to his flat in some scenes but not others. See more »

Soundtracks

Soldiers of the Queen
(uncredited)
Music by Leslie Stuart
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A nice jaunt thru a labyrinth.
4 September 2007 | by phil-smallSee all my reviews

The film is a remake of a 1956 BBC serial called'My Friend Charles',& as such gallops thru the material in a relatively short time.I found it fast moving,enjoyable & unpretentious.Did anyone else notice the scenes,towards the end,where John Mills was being gassed?-the producers obviously decided to omit the scenes-maybe censorship?,but notice when he's sat by the window of the flat,deep breathing closely followed by similar scenes with the car window open. The Francis Durbridge serials all seemed to inhabit the same universe,that of unexplained happenings,people being not what they seem & the villain being someone close to the hero/victim.A predictable universe in some ways,but one with its own rules & regulations.


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