The Vicious Circle

The Vicious Circle

Gerald Thomas (1957)

PG Certificate
Fri 20 Dec 9:20am - 11am Talking Pictures TV


Our Score
There was a time when seemingly every TV thriller came from the pen of Francis Durbridge. Adapting his own serial, My Friend Charles, for this so-so mystery, he was evidently over-attached to his material as there is simply too much plot. John Mills has a fair stab at the Hitchcockian "wrong man" theme, playing a respectable London doctor desperate to discover who is trying to frame him for the murder of an actress whose body has fetched up in his flat. Carry On stalwart Gerald Thomas directs with a surprising affinity for the whodunnit.


A surgeon is horrified to find an actress has been murdered in his home, and calls the police. However, they soon discover the murder weapon in his car, leaving the finger of suspicion pointing straight at him. A desperate race against time ensues, as the medic tries to clear his name and find the real killer. Thriller, starring John Mills, Lisa Daniely, Derek Farr, Roland Culver and Noelle Middleton.

Cast & Crew

Dr Howard Latimer John Mills
Frieda Veldon Lisa Daniely
Insp Dane Roland Culver
Ken Palmer Derek Farr
Laura James Noelle Middleton
Robert Brady Wilfrid Hyde White
Dr George Kimber Mervyn Johns
Mrs Ambler Rene Ray
Geoffrey Windsor Lionel Jeffries
Director Gerald Thomas
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Language: EnglishBlack and white