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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 ... 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)

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1.75: 1
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Opening credits: All characters in this photoplay are fictitious. See more »

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Howard Latimer doesn't seem to pause and wonder why Palmer owns a record featuring music with loudly-overlaid party atmospherics. (He may believe it was planted in the flat by the murderer.) See more »

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Soldiers of the Queen
(uncredited)
Music by Leslie Stuart
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Very English Hitchcock wannabe.
30 November 2007 | by steve-3628See all my reviews

This interesting - if flawed - Hitchcock wannabe, unexpectedly delights in the period snapshots of London circa 1957/8. The embankment / London Zoo / 'London Airport', together with lots of cigarettes and social etiquette. Mills is accomplished in the role of the consultant/surgeon thrown into a game of 'cat and mouse', even if the dénouement is a little corny.

In addition to the cameos by Lionel Jeffries, and a relatively young Wilfred Hyde-White, Roland Culver cuts a familiar, yet enigmatic, figure as the all-seeing, all-knowing Inspector - far better than many similar roles in some Hitchcock thrillers.


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