The Red Circle (serial)

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The Red Circle
Film poster
Directed by Sherwood MacDonald
Written by Will M. Ritchey
Starring Ruth Roland
Frank Mayo
Cinematography William Beckway[1]
Balboa Amusement Producing Company
Distributed by Pathé Exchange
Release date
  • December 16, 1915 (1915-12-16)
Running time
14 episodes
Country United States
Language Silent
Film trailer
Sheet music cover for The Red Circle waltz

The Red Circle is a 1915 American drama film serial directed by Sherwood MacDonald. The film is considered to be lost.[2] The Red Circle was Ruth Roland's first serial role.[3]


The Red Circle is a birthmark, on the hand of the heroine, noticeable only in times of stress and excitement, which forces her to steal, leading to no end of complications and intrigue.



The serial consisted of fourteen episodes:[4]

  1. Nevermore
  2. Pity the Poor
  3. Twenty Years Ago
  4. In Strange Attire
  5. Weapons of War
  6. False Colors
  7. Two Captives
  8. Peace at Any Price
  9. Dodging the Law
  10. Excess Baggage
  11. Seeds of Suspicion
  12. Like a Rat in a Trap
  13. Branded as a Thief
  14. Judgement Day

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Staff Writer (January 8, 1916). "'Red Circle's' All Star Cast". Motography. Vol. 14 no. 2. p. 68. 
  2. ^ "Progressive Silent Film List: The Red Circle". Silent Era. Retrieved February 21, 2008. 
  3. ^ Stedman, Raymond William (1971). "2. The Perils of Success". Serials: Suspense and Drama By Installment. University of Oklahoma Press. p. 36. ISBN 978-0-8061-0927-5. 
  4. ^ Wlaschin, Ken (April 28, 2009). Silent Mystery and Detective Movies: A Comprehensive Filmography. McFarland. p. 189. ISBN 978-0-7864-5429-7. 

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