The Ringer (1931 film)

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The Ringer
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Poster with Esmond Knight and Carol Goodner
Directed by Walter Forde
Written by Sidney Gilliat
Angus MacPhail
Robert Stevenson
Based onThe Gaunt Stranger by Edgar Wallace
Produced by Michael Balcon
Starring Patric Curwen
Esmond Knight
John Longden
Carol Goodner
Cinematography Alex Bryce
Edited by Ian Dalrymple
Distributed by Ideal Films
Release date
April 1931
Running time
75 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Ringer is a 1931 British crime film directed by Walter Forde and starring Patric Curwen, Esmond Knight, John Longden and Carol Goodner. Scotland Yard detectives hunt for a dangerous criminal who has recently returned to England. [1] The film was based on the 1925 Edgar Wallace story The Gaunt Stranger, which is the basis for his play The Ringer. [2] Forde remade the same story in 1938 as The Gaunt Stranger . There was also a silent film of The Ringer in 1928, and a 1952 version starring Donald Wolfit. [3]


It was made at Beaconsfield Studios in Buckinghamshire by Gainsborough Pictures in a co-production with British Lion Films. [4] The film's sets were designed by the art director Norman G. Arnold. The author's son Bryan Edgar Wallace acted as a production manager.


Critical reception

The New York Times wrote, "at the Cameo is a picturization of the late Edgar Wallace's play The Ringer. This film, which hails from England, is the sort of melodrama that provides more amusement than excitement"; [5] while in The BFI Companion to Crime, Phil Hardy wrote, "this is the best version of this oft-filmed play...Directed by Forde with a slickness and pace unusual in British films of the period, especially considering the film's stage origins...Hokum, but enjoyable." [6]

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  2. "Past Masters: EDGAR WALLACE".
  3. "Network ON AIR > Edgar Wallace Presents: The Ringer". Archived from the original on 7 October 2015.
  4. Wood p.73
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