Despite a novel approach to a melodramatic theme, Circle of Danger is too slowly paced to build much suspense. Philip MacDonald's original screenplay takes Ray Milland on a veritable Cook's tour of England and Scotland. Cast as an American, the star is engaged in a relentless hunt to discover the circumstances behind a younger brother's death in a British commando raid during the last war. Search narrows down to a handful of men who took part in the assault with his kin.
Despite a novel approach to a melodramatic theme, Circle of Danger is too slowly paced to build much suspense. Philip MacDonald’s original screenplay takes Ray Milland on a veritable Cook’s tour of England and Scotland. Cast as an American, the star is engaged in a relentless hunt to discover the circumstances behind a younger brother’s death in a British commando raid during the last war. Search narrows down to a handful of men who took part in the assault with his kin.
Under the calculating direction of Jacques Tourneur, the film minimizes action in favor of a series of character studies of the few commandos remaining from the raid. Plot solution is an odd one, but not totally unexpected.
Circle of Danger
Coronado. Director Jacques Tourneur; Producer Joan Harrison; Screenplay Philip MacDonald; Camera Oswald Morris, Gilbert Taylor; Editor Alan Osbiston; Music Robert Farnon;; Art Director Duncan Sutherland
(B&W) Extract of a review from 1951. Running time: 86 MIN.
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