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Daredevils of the Red Circle [VHS] (1939)

Charles Quigley , Bruce Bennett , John English , William Witney  |  NR |  VHS Tape
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Charles Quigley, Bruce Bennett, David Sharpe, Carole Landis, Miles Mander
  • Directors: John English, William Witney
  • Writers: Barry Shipman, Franklin Adreon, Rex Taylor, Ronald Davidson, Sol Shor
  • Producers: Robert M. Beche
  • Format: Black & White, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 2
  • Studio: Republic Pictures
  • VHS Release Date: May 30, 1995
  • Run Time: 211 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 630020930X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,641 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Consistent excitement! January 18, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
"Daredevils of the Red Circle" is exciting from start to finish. The action and general entertainment never flag. People often mention the cliffhanger at the end of chapter one, when Gene is desperately trying to outrace the surging water, but there are many other moments in the movie which are equally good: try, for instance, the ending where Gene is chasing some crook up a very tall ladder at the side of a factory building, and the crook, having reached the top, pushes the ladder away from the wall. The ladder, with Gene on it, swings out into space, and your heart (and stomach) go with it! But it's not just the action: one of the main reasons this serial is so entertaining is that the three "daredevils", Gene, Tiny and Burt (Charles Quigley, Herman Brix and David Sharpe) are so incredibly nice and likable. You really care what happens to them. I just can't understand why Republic didn't make a sequel to this (I wish they had done!). All in all, five-star entertainment!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Acrobatic Hi Jinks" Stuntman David Sharpe at his best! November 20, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Daredevils of the Red Circle is an early example of the greatness of directors William Witney and John English who co-directed 17 serials from "Zorro Rides Again" in 1937 to "Dick Tracy vs. Crime Inc." in 1941. Three acrobats at a carnival barely escape a fire set by a gang of criminals led by an escaped convict who goes by the name of 39013, his prison uniform number. During the fire Sammy, young brother to Gene, one of the acrobats is killed. Gene and his partners Tiny and Burt decide to find the men who set the fire. They are hired by Dixon, a detective who works for Horace Granville, a millionaire philantropist. Unbeknown to all, Granville has been kidnapped and is held captive in the cellar of the mansion. 39013 has made a mask of Granville's face which he uses to impersonate Granville. Aiding the 3 acrobats is a mysterious stranger who leaves notes on cards emblazoned with a Red Circle. The highlight of the serial is the Chapter I ending. Gene is inspecting a newly built tunnel when the walls begin to leak caused by drilling by 39013's men. Gene is seen riding his motorcycle through the tunnel as water comes gushing behind him. A really great action serial. Just watching the acrobats of stuntman David Sharpe (Burt) is worth the price of the video.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Best May 7, 2005
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1939 Daredevils of the Red Circle, Republic, 12 Chapters

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rip-Roaring Classic! August 24, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
This has to be one of the greatest of all serials. Made in l939, its energetic young dare devils--Charles Quigley, Herman Brix (who also played Tarzan) and the legendary stuntman, David Sharpe whose spectacular stunts can be seen in numerous Republic serials--can barely keep still before tackling their next death-defying adventures. The very first episode, where Charles Quigley races his motorbike from a terrifying ocean of racing water in a tunnel has become a classic. Carole Landis--later to be the poor man's Betty Grable at Twentieth Century Fox--is an attractive asset as is the rest of the cast: Miles Mander and his nemesis (can't remember his name) who masquerades as the millionaire scientist. If you've got this in your video collection--along with Spy Smasher, King of the Texas Rangers, Manhunt in the African Jungles--you can't go wrong. Another goodie is "G-Men Meet the Black Dragon" with a fantastic young Rod Cameron and a gorgoeus sidekick, feisty Constance Moore. Just watch this cool, voluptuous blonde handle that machine gun!
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4.0 out of 5 stars excellent
This is considered by most fans as the best serial action wise. My only disappointment is I couldn't find it as a DVD and had to settle for a VHS.
Published 12 months ago by Eric Rollins
4.0 out of 5 stars Back to the Future
It was like sitting in the old Ashley "Bucket of Blood" theater. I have a collection of those I actually saw in the theater. So far, this was one of the better ones. Read more
Published 18 months ago by William Hughes
4.0 out of 5 stars It Takes a Daredevil to Get Through the 12 Chapters
The production values and the overall story line was excellent. The double VHS tape was certainly worth the money and Daredevils of the Red Circle has certainly made it through... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Edward Lee
4.0 out of 5 stars terrific Republic serial with a focus on fast action and stuntwork
Gene (Charles Quigley), Tiny (Bruce Bennett), and David (Bert Sharpe) are circus daredevils, working at Horace Granville's theme park. Read more
Published on August 19, 2010 by Muzzlehatch
4.0 out of 5 stars Daredevils of the Red Circle
I am enjoying the old time serial movies from my childhood!! these were made in 1939 and are pretty much stereotyped in their acting skills, especially the fist fighting sequences. Read more
Published on March 3, 2010 by Bruce E. Schratz
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Five Best Serials from the 30s and 40s
This serial had many firsts. I recognized the actor Bruce Bennett who went on to make dozens of movies and live into the 21st century. Read more
Published on November 25, 2007 by Robert Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars "Daredevils of the Red Circle" (1939) ... William Witney & John...
Republic Pictures present "DAREDEVILS OF THE RED CIRCLE" (1939) (217 mins/B&W) (Dolby digitally remastered) --- is a 12-Chapter Republic Movie Serial starring Charles Quigley,... Read more
Published on January 24, 2007 by J. Lovins
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Very Best
This serial is particularly known for its terrific cliffhangers. The end of Chapter One is probably the best-loved cliffhanger in serial history. Read more
Published on January 6, 2006 by S. D. Lothrop
5.0 out of 5 stars MANHUNT IN THE AFRICAN JUNGLE aka S.S. IN DARK. AFRICA
I ENJOYED THIS SERIAL BECAUSE IT HAD ABOUT 15 OR 20 FIGHTS. IT WAS ACTION ALL THE WAY THROUGH. I LIKE ROD CAMERON. Read more
Published on April 26, 2000 by JOE P. CUNNINGHAM
5.0 out of 5 stars David Sharpe's Stunt Work
Everyone here has been raving about David Sharpe's Stunt work in this Serial. Well I have some bad news for people. Read more
Published on March 30, 2000 by Robert A. Rosenberg
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