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Crimson Circle, The

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The Crimson Circle
Der rote Kreis
Den blodrode cirkel
Der rote Kreis Poster.jpg
Original German Poster
Country GER.jpg West Germany
DEN.jpg Denmark
Directed by Jurgen Roland
Release Date 1960
Language German
Studio Rialto Film
Distributor Prisma Filmverleih
Main Cast
Character Actor
Chief Inspector Parr Karl-Georg Saebisch
Derrick Yale Klausjürgen Wussow
Thalia Drummond Renate Ewert
Jack Beardmore Thomas Alder
Sir Archibald Morton Ernst Fritz Fürbringer
Froyant Fritz Rasp
Sergeant Haggett Eddi Arent
Leslie Osborne Ulrich Beiger

The Crimson Circle (German title Der rote Kreis, Danish title Den blodrøde cirkel) is a 1960 German-Danish detective movie directed by Jurgen Roland and adapted from the 1922 novel by Edgar Wallace. A league of ruthless blackmailers and murderers known as The Crimson Circle terrorises London. Chief Inspector Parr (Karl-Georg Saebisch) and private investigator Derrick Yale (Klausjürgen Wussow) team against the gang.

The film is the second installment in the Rialto Film studio film series (1959-1972) adapted from the novels of Edgar Wallace. It became so successful that the producers purchased the film rights for all available Wallace novels.

Note: the HD version of the movie is released in 1920x1080px but with black bars on both sides. They are cropped on the screenshots below hence the non-standard aspect ratio.


The following weapons were used in the film The Crimson Circle:

FN Model 1922

FN Model 1922 pistols are seen in hands of Chief Inspector Parr (Karl-Georg Saebisch), private investigator Derrick Yale (Klausjürgen Wussow), Sergeant Haggett (Eddi Arent), and Thalia Drummond (Renate Ewert). Probably a single gun is reused throughout the movie. It has wooden grips, common for the pistols made during the Nazi occupation of Belgium.

FN Model 1922 with wood grips - .32 ACP
Parr draws his pistol in the scene in the sculptor's studio. When he fires at the escaping murderer, the pistol is replaced with a revolver (see below).
Der rote Kreis-FN1922-2.jpg
Thalia Drummond takes the pistol from the drawer and cocks it.
Parr holds his pistol in the scene in Yale's office.
Another view of Parr's pistol.
The pistol grip is seen.
Yale holds his pistol in the climactic scene.
Der rote Kreis-FN1922-7.jpg
Yale with his pistol.
Sergeant Haggett aims his pistol.
Derrick Yale holds his pistol on a promotional image.

Unidentified revolver

In the scene in the sculptor's studio Parr draws his FN 1922 that then switches to an unidentified revolver, seen very briefly and unclear. A kidnapper whose identity is revealed at the end as (SPOILER! Highlight to see description) Leslie Osborne (Ulrich Beiger)) holds a revolver that is supposed to be the same prop reused.

Parr fires a revolver.
Another view of Parr's revolver.
The kidnapper holds his revolver in the scene in the abandoned warehouse.
The kidnapper fires after escaping Brabazon.

Walther P38

Sergeant Johnson (Albert Watson) holds a Walther P38 in one scene. In the climactic scene a P38 is used by Froyant (Fritz Rasp).

Walther P38 WWII dated with black grips - 9x19mm
Der rote Kreis-P38-1.jpg
Sergeant Johnson holds a partially seen P38.
Froyant holds a P38.
Froyant's P38 is seen better on a promotional image.

Double Barreled Shotgun

James Beardmore (Alfred Schlageter) takes a double barreled shotgun when he spots a suspicious shadow near his house.

Beardmore takes the shotgun from his butler.
He sees some shadow in the garden.
Beardmore takes aim.
The shotgun is seen on the floor.

See Also

Edgar Wallace
Pre-WWII Films The Squeaker (1931)  •  Sanders of the River (1935)
Edgar Wallace Mysteries (1960–1965) 47 films
Other 1940s-1970s British films and TV series
Rialto Film (1959-1972) Face of the Frog (1959)  •  The Crimson Circle (1960)  •  The Terrible People (1960)  •  The Green Archer (1961)  •  The Dead Eyes of London (1961)  •  The Devil's Daffodil (1961)  •  The Forger of London (1961)  •  The Strange Countess (1961)  •  The Puzzle of the Red Orchid (1962)  •  The Door with Seven Locks (1962)  •  The Inn on the River (1962)  •  The Squeaker (1963)  •  The Black Abbot (1963)  •  The Indian Scarf (1963)  •  Room 13 (1964)  •  The Curse of the Hidden Vault (1964)  •  The Ringer (1964)  •  Traitor's Gate (1964)  •   Again the Ringer (1965)  •  The Sinister Monk (1965)  •  The Hunchback of Soho (1966)  •  The Trygon Factor (1966)  •  Creature with the Blue Hand (1967)  •  The Monk with the Whip (1967)  •  The Horror of Blackwood Castle (1968)  •  The Zombie Walks (1968)  •  Gorilla Gang (1968)  •  The Man with the Glass Eye (1969)  •  Double Face (1969)  •  Angels of Terror (1971)  •  What Have You Done to Solange? (1972)  •  Seven Blood-Stained Orchids (1972)
Harry Alan Towers' British-German Film Series Death Drums Along the River (1963)  •  Coast of Skeletons (1965)  •  Circus of Fear (1966)  •  Five Golden Dragons (1967)
German Kurt Ulrich-Film and CCC-Film Productions The Avenger (1960)  •  The Curse of the Yellow Snake (1963)  •  The Devil Came from Akasava (1971)
Parodies The Trixxer (2004)  •  The Vexxer (2007)

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