The Ringer
"The Ringer" (1952).jpg
British theatrical poster
Directed byGuy Hamilton
Screenplay byLesley Storm
Val Valentine
Based onThe Ringer by Edgar Wallace
Produced byHugh Perceval
StarringHerbert Lom
Donald Wolfit
Mai Zetterling
CinematographyEdward Scaife
Edited byBert Bates
Music byMalcolm Arnold
Distributed byBritish Lion Films
Release date
  • December 1952 (1952-12) (London)
Running time
78 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Ringer is a 1952 British mystery film directed by Guy Hamilton and starring Herbert Lom, Donald Wolfit, Mai Zetterling, Greta Gynt, William Hartnell, and Denholm Elliott.[1] It was Hamilton's directorial debut and the third English-language sound version of Edgar Wallace's 1929 play.[2][3][4] It was shot at Shepperton Studios near London. The film's sets were designed by the art director William Hutchinson.


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.


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] TV Guide noted "old-fashioned melodrama with an excellent cast."[5]

See also


  1. ^ "The Ringer (1953)". BFI. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  2. ^ Hutchings, Peter (2003–2014). "Hamilton, Guy (1922-)". BFI Screenonline. Retrieved 3 June 2020. (reprinted from Reference Guide to British and Irish Film Directors)
  3. ^ a b "The Ringer (1951)". AllMovie.
  4. ^ "Network ON AIR > Edgar Wallace Presents: The Ringer". Archived from the original on 7 October 2015.
  5. ^ "The Ringer". TV Guide.