The Circle

The Circle

Director: W. Lee Wilder Cast: David Alexander, Sam Bernard, Peter Brocco



The positive public response to such productions as Crossfire and Gentleman's Agreement led to a mini-cycle of postwar anti-prejudice films. One of these was The Vicious Circle, based on a true incident which had previously been dramatized in G. W. Pabst's The Trial. In the late-19th century, an anti-Semitic Hungarian baron (Reinhold Schunzel) foments a pogrom against his country's Jews when a 14-year-old servant girl commits suicide. Falsely accused of subjecting the girl to a ritualistic murder, five Jewish farmers are put on trial for murder. Defying the slings and arrows of public condemnation, defense attorney Karl Nemensch (Conrad Nagel) intends to prove the farmers' innocence -- and to expose anti-Semitism for the poisonous scourge that it truly is. The Vicious Circle was based on The Burning Bush, a play by Herald and Geza Herczeg.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/30/2011
UPC: 0089218661692
Original Release: 1948
Source: Alpha Video
Presentation: [B&W]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Alexander Fisher
Sam Bernard Herman
Peter Brocco Dr. Sarwasch
Rudolph Cameron Dr. Darosch
Robert Cherry Marten
Frank Ferguson Stark
Rita Gould Ethel Mihaly
Nina Hansen Mrs. Schwartz
Fritz Kortner Joseph Schwartz
Eddie Le Roy Samuel Schwartz
Michael Mark Mr. Horney
Edwin Maxwell Presiding Judge
Belle Mitchell Mrs. Horney
Conrad Nagel Karl Nemesch
Reinhold Schünzel Baron Arady
Lyle Talbot Miller
Philip Van Zandt Balog
Ben Welden Constable
Paul Baratoff Actor
Nan Boardman Actor
Lester Dorr Actor
Don C. Harvey Actor
Ruben Wendorf Actor
Peggy Wynne Actor
Fred Fox Actor
Manfred Furst Actor

Technical Credits
W. Lee Wilder Director,Producer
Paul Dessau Musical Direction/Supervision
Guy Endore Screenwriter
Rudi Feld Art Director
Heinz Herald Screenwriter
John Link Editor
George Robinson Cinematographer

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