The Ringer (1952 film)

The Ringer is a 1952 British mystery film directed by Guy Hamilton and starring Herbert Lom, Denholm Elliott, Greta Gynt, Donald Wolfit, William Hartnell and Mai Zetterling.[1] It was the directoral debut of Hamilton, and was the third talkie version of Edgar Wallace's popular play.[2][3][4]

The Ringer
British theatrical poster
Directed byGuy Hamilton
Produced byHugh Perceval
Screenplay byLesley Storm
Val Valentine
Based onthe play The Ringer by Edgar Wallace
StarringHerbert Lom
Donald Wolfit
Greta Gynt
Music byMalcolm Arnold
CinematographyEdward Scaife
Edited byBert Bates
Distributed byLondon Film Productions
Release date
Running time
78 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


An underhand solicitor receives threatening notes from a mysterious killer who's also a master of disguise, and the police are called in to protect him.


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Critical reception

Allmovie wrote, "Donald Wolfit, whose legendary thespic excesses were later fictionalized in the stage play The Dresser, is perfectly cast as a vengeance-seeking master of disguise";[3] and TV Guide noted "old-fashioned melodrama with an excellent cast."[5]


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