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Daredevils of the Red Circle and King of the Carnival Movie Serials

 

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Daredevils of the Red Circle (1939) - Charles Quigley & Herman Brix - A 12-Chapter Republic Movie Serial. 


 It is often considered one of the better serials produced by Republic. 
An escaped criminal, known as Harry Crowl (Charles Middleton), but preferring to be called by his prison number 39013 (pronounced Thirty Nine - O - Thirteen), seeks revenge on the man who sent him to prison, millionaire philanthropist Horace Granville (Miles Mander). He kidnaps Granville, imprisoning him within his own house, and disguises himself to take Granville's place, as the frail old man in a clean room, necessary for his health. The only other person allowed past the glass barrier being his doctor. He then sets about methodically destroying everything Granville owns. When we enter the film, he has already destroyed a number of Granville properties, and has set his sights on the Granville Amusement Centre, at which a trio of acrobats is performing. The daredevils, Gene (Charles Quigley), Bert (Dave Sharpe), and Tiny (Herman Brix) escape but Gene's kid brother is badly wounded in the blaze, and later dies of his injuries. Seeking revenge they take jobs as private investigators for the man they believe to be Horace Granville. Through a series of deadly traps, and with the help of a mysterious cloaked figure, known only as "The Red Circle", the daredevils begin to unravel the truth.
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