The Crimson Circle (1922 film)

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The Crimson Circle
Directed by George Ridgwell
Written by Patrick L. Mannock
Based on The Crimson Circle
by Edgar Wallace
Starring Fred Groves
Robert English
Rex Davis
CinematographyPhil Ross
Kinema Club
Distributed byGranger Distributors
Release date
September 1922
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
English intertitles

The Crimson Circle is a 1922 British silent crime film directed by George Ridgwell and starring Clifton Boyne, Fred Groves and Robert English. [1] The film was an adaptation of the 1922 novel The Crimson Circle by Edgar Wallace.


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Police battle against a gang of blackmailers known as The Crimson Circle.

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  1. "BFI | Film & TV Database | The CRIMSON CIRCLE (1922)". Archived from the original on 15 January 2009. Retrieved 8 June 2021.