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Circle of Danger (1951)

Approved | | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 17 April 1951 (USA)
Clay Douglas an American, comes to Britain, to find out the truth behind his brothers death during a commando operation in occupied France. After tracking down the surviving members of the ... See full summary »


Jacques Tourneur


Philip MacDonald (original screen play)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Milland ... Clay Douglas
Patricia Roc ... Elspeth Graham
Marius Goring ... Sholto Lewis
Hugh Sinclair ... Hamish McArran
Naunton Wayne ... Reggie Sinclair
Edward Rigby ... Idwal Llewellyn
Marjorie Fielding Marjorie Fielding ... Margaret McArran
John Bailey ... Pape Llewellyn
Colin Gordon ... Col. Fairbairn
Dora Bryan ... Bubbles Fitzgerald
Reginald Beckwith Reginald Beckwith ... Oliver
David Hutcheson David Hutcheson ... Tony Wrexham
Michael Brennan Michael Brennan ... Bert Oakshott
Philip Dale Philip Dale ... Jim Stoner
Archie Duncan Archie Duncan ... Angus


Clay Douglas an American, comes to Britain, to find out the truth behind his brothers death during a commando operation in occupied France. After tracking down the surviving members of the raid, he confronts the killer, only to be told the truth about what really happened. Written by mike.wilson6@btinternet.com

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england | based on novel | See All (2) »


A New Exciting Milland


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Release Date:

17 April 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

6 Condenados a muerte See more »

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Production Co:

Coronado Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Opening credits: The characters portrayed and the names used herein are fictitious and any similarity to the name, character or history of any person is entirely accidental and unintentional. See more »


Clay Douglas: Thanks again, and I appreciate all you've done for me - especially after the way I behaved.
Col. Fairbairn: Oh no - my fault entirely. I expect I rather seemed what you fellows call a stuffed shirt, I believe...?
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Buttonhole for Baby
Words Hal Halifax
Music Walter Ridley
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"I never saw a country like this!"
6 March 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The plot to "Circle of Danger" and its casting decision for the lead made me chuckle. After all, the story is about an American who goes to Britain to try to track down folks from his brother's commando unit who can tell him how his brother died. And, again and again, folks keep remarking that it's 'nice to meet an American'....and the leading man even says 'I never saw a country like this'. The problem is that the leading man is Ray Milland....a Welshman who clearly has a British accent! Sure, he made a ton of American films....but he also made quite a few in his native land and no American would hear him talk and assume he's born in the States! I guess, however, that the British might not notice his accent so much...I don't know...though I am pretty sure they, too, knew he was one of their own!

Now back to the story. During the war, Clay Douglas was in the Pacific in the US Navy. Like some Americans, Clay's brother joined the British military before the US entered the war in late 1941. However, since then, Clay never saw his brother again....he was killed in the final days of the war while on a commando raid. Some of the details of his brother's death are confusing and vague...and Clay wants answers. Unfortunately, the old addage "be careful what you wish for, you might just get it" comes to mind!

Despite the silly casting, the film is enjoyable and well made....and worth seeing.

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