Circus of Fear

Circus of Fear (German: Das Rätsel des silbernen Dreieck / Mystery of the Silver Triangle), also Scotland Yard auf heißer Spur, also Circus of Terror) is a 1966 Anglo-German international co-production thriller film starring Christopher Lee, Suzy Kendall, Leo Genn and Cecil Parker.[1] The U.S. title was Psycho-Circus. It was based on the novel Again the Three Just Men by Edgar Wallace (1928).[2][3][4]

Circus of Fear
DVD cover
Directed byJohn Llewellyn Moxey
Produced byHarry Alan Towers
Written byHarry Alan Towers
Based onAgain the Three Just Men
by Edgar Wallace
StarringChristopher Lee
Leo Genn
Suzy Kendall
Music byJohnny Douglas
CinematographyErnest Steward
Edited byJohn Trumper
Circus Films
Distributed byWarner-Pathé Distributors (UK)
Constantin Film (W. Germany)
American International Pictures (US)
Release date
29 April 1966 (W. Germany)
November 1967 (UK)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
West Germany

It was shot at Hammer Film's Bray Studios in Berkshire and on location around London.The film was partially shot at Billy Smart's Circus.[5] The film was co-produced by the leading German distributor Constantin Film, which was at the same time releasing Rialto Film's long-running series of Wallace adaptations in Germany. Several of the cast Heinz Drache, Eddi Arent and Klaus Kinski were regular performers in that series and were added to this production to appeal to German audiences. Werner Jacobs directed the version release in West Germany.


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 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


  1. "New York Times: Circus of Fear". NY Times. Archived from the original on 12 October 2012. Retrieved 21 October 2008.
  2. "Circus of Fear". BFI.
  3. "Network ON AIR > Edgar Wallace Presents: Circus of Fear". Archived from the original on 28 February 2015. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  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". Archived from the original on 20 September 2015. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
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