WriterEgon Eis, Wolfgang Menge Release date1960 Based ona novel by Edgar Wallace CastKlausjürgen Wussow (Derrick Yale), Renate Ewert (Thalia Drummond), Ernst Fritz Fürbringer (Sir Archibald Morton), Fritz Rasp (Froyant), Eddi Arent (Sergeant Haggett), Ulrich Beiger (Leslie Osborne) Similar moviesEdgar Wallace wrote the story for Der rote Kreis and The Green Archer
Der rote Kreis (English: The Crimson Circle) is a 1960 West German/Danish black and white crime film directed by Jürgen Roland and starring Renate Ewert, Klausjürgen Wussow and Karl-Georg Saebisch. It was an adaptation of the 1922 novel The Crimson Circle by the British writer Edgar Wallace.
Scotland Yard detectives pursue a ruthless league of blackmailers known as The Crimson Circle.
Renate Ewert - Thalia Drummond
Klausjürgen Wussow - Derrick Yale
Karl-Georg Saebisch - Inspector Parr
Thomas Alder - Jack Beardmore
Ernst Fritz Fürbringer - Sir Archibald Morton
Erica Beer - Mrs. Carlyle
Fritz Rasp - Froyant
Eddi Arent - Sergeant Haggett
Edith Mill - Lady Doringham
Ulrich Beiger - Osborne
Richard Lauffen - Marles
Heinz Klevenow - Brabazon
Alfred Schlageter - Mr Beardmore
Panos Papadopulos - Sailor Selby
Albert Watson - Sergeant Johnson
Richard Grupe - James
Karl-Heinz Peters - Executioner
Friedrich Schütter - Henry Charles Lightman (and the masked head of the Crimson Circle)
Alf Marholm - Prison warden
Günter Hauer - Conductor
Jürgen Roland - Policeman
A previous German/British adaptation of the novel The Crimson Circle by Edgar Wallace was made in 1929. Other versions were produced in the UK in 1922 and in 1936.
For this version, the second film in the Wallace series produced by Rialto, the novel was adopted for the screen by Egon Eis under his nom de plume "Trygve Larsen". Wolfgang Menge, a friend of the director, made some changes to the script. Director Jürgen Roland had not previously directed a feature film, but had made a name for himself by directing the TV-series Stahlnetz.
Cinematography took place in November and December 1959. The studio for interiors was Palladium Atelier at Kopenhagen. Exteriors were also shot at Kopenhagen. Stock footage from London shot during production of the previous film Der Frosch mit der Maske was used.
The FSK gave the film a rating of 16 years and up, unsuitable for screening on public holidays. It premiered on 2 March 1960 at the Unversum at Stuttgart.
The film's success encouraged the producers to meet with Penelope Wallace and secure the film rights for all available Wallace novels.