Circus of Fear

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Circus of Fear
Circus of Fear FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by John Llewellyn Moxey
Produced by Harry Alan Towers
Written by Harry Alan Towers
Edgar Wallace
Starring Christopher Lee
Music by Johnny Douglas
Cinematography Ernest Steward
Edited by John Trumper
Circus Films, Proudweeks
Distributed by Warner-Pathé Distributors (UK)
American International Pictures (US)
Release date
29 April 1966 (W. Germany)
November 1967 (UK)
Running time
90 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Circus of Fear (German: Das Rätsel des silbernen Dreieck or Scotland Yard auf heißer Spur, also Circus of Terror) is a 1966 Anglo-German international co-production thriller film starring Christopher Lee, Suzy Kendall, Cecil Parker, Klaus Kinski and Victor Maddern.[1] The U.S. title was Psycho-Circus. It was based on the novel The Three Just Men by Edgar Wallace (1926).[2][3][4]


When an armoured car is robbed, in a daring daylight raid on Tower Bridge, one of the gang hides the money in Barberini's Circus. The police also investigate people being murdered by throwing knives. Gregor (Christopher Lee), is a facially scarred lion tamer, one of the many suspects in the case investigated by Scotland Yard's detective Elliot (Leo Genn). His examination of all the clues leads to a final denouement in front of the assembled suspects during a knife-throwing act.



The film was partially shot at Billy Smart's Circus.[5]


The film premiered in Germany on 29 April 1966 and in the UK in November 1967.[6]


The Radio Times wrote, "Christopher Lee wears a black woolly hood for nearly all of his scenes in this lame whodunnit, with minor horrific overtones...but the stalwart efforts of the cast including Klaus Kinski and Suzy Kendall act as a welcome safety net for the shaky plot" ;[7] while Britmovie called it "fairly suspenseful." [8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "New York Times: Circus of Fear". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-10-21. 
  2. ^ "Circus of Fear". BFI. 
  3. ^ "Network ON AIR > Edgar Wallace Presents: Circus of Fear". 
  4. ^ "Circus of Fear". 1 January 1966. 
  5. ^ "Science Fiction and Fantasy Film Flashbacks". 
  6. ^ "Filmportal: Circus of Fear". Retrieved 7 February 2017. 
  7. ^ Alan Jones. "Circus of Fear". RadioTimes. 
  8. ^ "Circus of Fear". 

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