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Circle of Deception (1960)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | November 1960 (UK)
Unbeknownst to him, a soldier is sent on a doomed mission because of the high likelihood of him divulging secrets if captured and tortured.


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Nigel Balchin (screenplay), Robert Musel (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


Cast overview, first billed only:
Suzy Parker ... Lucy Bowen
Bradford Dillman ... Paul Raine
Harry Andrews ... Captain Rawson
Robert Stephens ... Captain Stein
Paul Rogers ... Major Spence
John Welsh ... Major Taylor
Ronald Allen ... Abelson
A.J. Brown A.J. Brown ... Frank Bowen (as A. J. Brown)
Martin Boddey ... Henry Crow
Charles Lloyd Pack Charles Lloyd Pack ... Ayres
Jacques Cey Jacques Cey ... Cure
John Dearth ... Captain Ormrod
Andre Charisse ... Lohman (as Andre Charise)
Stephen Dartnell Stephen Dartnell ... Brunner
David Palmer David Palmer ... Small Boy
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In 1944, prior to the Allied landings in Normandy, British Intelligence is anxious to mislead the Germans regarding the actual landing sites. The logical place for landings is Pas-De-Calais, France, where the distance between UK and France is shortest. The Germans know it and expect the Allies to land there. However, the Allies plan to land in Normandy but they continue in misleading the Germans about landings in Pas De Calais. British Navy Captain Thomas Rawson, in charge of an intelligence unit, plans to mislead the Germans by dropping a British officer in their lap. That officer would be misled himself to believe that Pas-De-Calais is the correct area. Then, he would be sent there, to coordinate French resistance. In reality, he would be sacrificed to the Gestapo.The ideal patsy should resist interrogation under torture, if captured, but should eventually crack and reveal what he knows. Of course, he would reveal what he was told by British Intelligence, which is plain ... Written by nufs68

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Bradford Dillman and Suzy Parker met on this shoot and later married. See more »


When Paul Raine is remembering events that took place in the war, there is a caption "Occupied France 1944". However when a despatch rider arrives at the Combined Services Catering Research office in London, apparently in the same time period, a Morris Minor car is seen in the background. This did not start production until 1948, well after the date in that caption. See more »


Capt. Thomas Rawson: The instructions our agent were to carry to Ballard were that on a certain day, on receipt of a certain signal, he and the Maquis were to attack all major roads and bridges in the Marignon sector. It didn't matter if they didn't destroy them so long as they attacked them. What was important was that the Germans would deduce from this attack that the invasion of France would take place in that area, thereby forcing them to hold troops there which would be more useful elsewhere.
Maj. William Spence: Well, it won't ...
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Opening credits prologue: LONDON - JUNE 8TH 1946 See more »


On the Quarter Deck
Music by Kenneth Alford
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Pretty fair WWII spy-as-decoy movie
4 September 1999 | by AldanoliSee all my reviews

Bradford Dillman is an American tapped for a dangerous mission behind enemy lines in the campaign of deception leading up to D-Day--except that he's only been told half the story by his superiors. The story is based on real-life exploits documented in Anthony Cave Brown's book *Bodyguard of Lies,* (the title of which was based on Churchill's famous comment, "In wartime, truth is so precious that she must always be attended by a bodyguard of lies"). Dillman is completely convincing as the spy who is selected precisely because his psychological profile shows that he *will* eventually break under torture. The depiction of torture itself is pretty grueling, by the way, especially for 1961, and one scene in particular was parodied in the 1984 Abrahams-Zucker movie *Top Secret!* (with Val Kilmer in the Dillman part). Incidentally, Dillman and his co-star, Suzy Parker, who was the top model in America at the time, and embarking on a film and television career, fell in love while making this movie and married shortly thereafter; she gave up both her modeling and acting career for domestic life as Mrs. Dillman not long afterward.

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November 1960 (UK) See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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