- Actors: Charles Quigley, Bruce Bennett, David Sharpe, Carole Landis, Miles Mander
- Directors: John English, William Witney
- Producers: Daredevils of the Red Circle
- Format: Import, PAL
- Subtitles: French
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 2
- Classification: 15
- Run Time: 386.00 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B003XTNCI2
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 272,564 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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France released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), French ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), French ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: 2-DVD Set, Black & White, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Special Edition, SYNOPSIS: Diabolical mastermind Harry Crowel, a.k.a. Prisoner 39013, escapes and, with a seemingly endless supply of henchmen, sets out to destroy all holdings of industrialist Horace Granville, who put him in prison. One target is an amusement park, home of the three Daredevils of the Red Circle, who perform death-defying stunts. Aghast at innocent lives lost, our three heroes swear to capture No. 39013. It'll be harder than they suspect; the villain is holding the real Granville captive, and with a near-perfect disguise, has taken his place! ...Daredevils of the Red Circle
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The first chapter of Daredevils of the Red Circle features explosive acts of sabotage; physical acts of sideshow derring-do; a pier carnival fire that kills the main hero's kid brother; a villain 39-0-13 played by Charles [Ming the Merciless] Middleton when he is not masquerading as the scientist he has locked in the basement; the scientist's niece played by Carol Landis who unknowingly joins a motorcade inaugurating an underwater tunnel to the Channel Islands just as the minions of 39-0-13 shatter its ceiling; and a motorcycle race against the tunnel-filling onrush of water to warn the motorcade.
Unlike lesser serials, especially those not made at Republic, all but one of the following 11 chapters has a logical solution for the survival of our heroes hinted at in the surely lethal dilemmas they face. Charles Quigley is our main hero. He is backed up by Dave Sharpe [one of Republic's best stuntmen] and Herman Brix [who was the choice of Edgar Rice Burroughs to play his character Tarzan]. High falls from oil refineries, fixing power lines as the bad guys hijack the power station, trapped under water the surface of which is aflame with burning chemicals, trapped by a collapsing derrick in an exploding oil field, and locked in a secret chamber filling with poison gas are just some of the dilemmas faced by the heroic Daredevils.
This is one of the best of the Republic serials. Get it on VHS since it is not available on DVD as yet [I cannot understand why not] and see what kept your grandparents speculating while awaiting the next chapter the following week when they were young. Watch Daredevils of the Red Circle and see the sort of thing Spielberg and Lucas were recapturing with the Indiana Jones movies. This was pre-digital so actual people are physically performing these finely-choreographed,set-destroying stunts. The miniatures and special effects by the Lydecker brothers were state-of-the-art for the era.
I doubt the younger generation would like them, but to me they are classics!!