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Freaks -- Fictional film based on the true life experiences of circus sideshowfreaks made in the 1930s.

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Director:
Writer:
Clarence Aaron 'Tod' Robbins (suggested by story: "Spurs")
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Release Date:
20 February 1932 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Can a full grown woman truly love a MIDGET ? See more »
Plot:
A circus' beautiful trapeze artist agrees to marry the leader of side-show performers, but his deformed friends discover she is only marrying him for his inheritance. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
hideously beautiful See more (247 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Wallace Ford ... Phroso

Leila Hyams ... Venus

Olga Baclanova ... Cleopatra
Roscoe Ates ... Roscoe (as Rosco Ates)

Henry Victor ... Hercules
Harry Earles ... Hans
Daisy Earles ... Frieda
Rose Dione ... Madame Tetrallini
Daisy Hilton ... Siamese Twin
Violet Hilton ... Siamese Twin
Schlitze ... Himself

Josephine Joseph ... Half Woman-Half Man
Johnny Eck ... Half Boy
Frances O'Connor ... Armless Girl
Peter Robinson ... Human Skeleton
Olga Roderick ... Bearded Lady
Koo Koo ... By Herself

Prince Randian ... The Living Torso (as Rardion)
Martha Morris ... Armless Girl
Elvira Snow ... Pinhead (as Zip)
Jenny Lee Snow ... Pinhead (as Pip)
Elizabeth Green ... Bird Girl
Angelo Rossitto ... Angeleno
Edward Brophy ... Rollo Brother
Matt McHugh ... Rollo Brother (as Mat McHugh)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Aasen ... Giant (uncredited)
Ernie Adams ... Sideshow Patron (uncredited)
Demetrius Alexis ... Mr. Rogers (uncredited)
Hooper Atchley ... Doctoer (uncredited)
Jerry Austin ... Knife-Throwing Dwarf (uncredited)
Sidney Bracey ... Hans' Butler (uncredited)
Mathilde Comont ... Madame Bartet (uncredited)
Albert Conti ... Landowner (uncredited)
Tiny Doll ... (uncredited)
Edith ... Crawling Girl (uncredited)
Delmo Fritz ... Sword-Swallower (uncredited)
Murray Kinnell ... Freakshow Barker (uncredited)
Michael Visaroff ... Jean (uncredited)

Directed by
Tod Browning 
 
Writing credits
Clarence Aaron 'Tod' Robbins (suggested by story: "Spurs") (as Tod Robbins)

Al Boasberg  additional dialogue (uncredited)
Willis Goldbeck  screenplay (uncredited)
Leon Gordon  screenplay (uncredited)
Charles MacArthur  uncredited
Edgar Allan Woolf  additional dialogue (uncredited)

Produced by
Tod Browning .... producer (uncredited)
Dwain Esper .... producer (reissue) (uncredited)
Harry Rapf .... producer (uncredited)
Hildegarde Stadie .... producer (reissue) (uncredited)
Irving Thalberg .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Merritt B. Gerstad (photographed by) (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Basil Wrangell (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons (uncredited)
Merrill Pye (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Harry Sharrock .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Ryan .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Will Sheldon .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Errol Taggart .... first assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
G.A. Burns .... sound recording engineer (uncredited)
Douglas Shearer .... recording director (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David S. Horsley .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Oliver T. Marsh .... additional photographer (uncredited)
Paul Vogel .... additional photographer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Will Sheldon .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Forbidden Love" - USA (informal title)
"Nature's Mistakes" - USA (informal title)
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Runtime:
64 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:G (Quebec) | Canada:14A (video rating) | Finland:(Banned) (1932) | France:18 | Germany:16 | Ireland:(Banned) (1999) | Italy:T (VHS/DVD rating) (self applied) | Italy:(Banned) (original rating) | Portugal:M/12 | UK:R (original rating) | UK:12 (re-rating) (2001) | UK:15 (video rating) (1995) | UK:X (re-rating) (1963) | USA:Unrated | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Trivia:
In the United States, this film was banned in a number of states and cities. Although no longer enforced, some of the laws were never officially repealed. Therefore, it is still technically illegal for this film to be shown some areas of the USA.See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: The shadow of the boom fall on Phroso's back when he and Venus are talking in the trailer, after her angry outburst at him.See more »
Quotes:
Carnival Barker:We didn't lie to you folks. We told you we had living, breathing, monstrosities. You laughed at them, shuddered at them. And, yet, but for the accident of birth, you might be one as they are. They did not ask to be brought into the world. But, into the world they came. Their code is a law unto themselves: offend one and you offend them all.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Movie Night (2013/I)See more »
Soundtrack:
Nights of GladnessSee more »

FAQ

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30 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
hideously beautiful, 18 September 2005
Author: Jonny_Numb from Hellfudge, Pennsylvania

It is ironic how director Tod Browning followed up "Dracula"--a horror film with painterly set design and a distinct atmosphere of unease--with a horror film more grounded in reality. Whereas the sets in "Dracula" were as skillfully rendered as the most elaborate of tapestries, the abstraction of "Freaks" comes from the title characters, who are at once hideous, wonderful, and all too human. Browning doesn't present these characters--who were actual sideshow performers--in an exploitative manner (though the long disclaimer that precedes the film is a definite reflection of his concern), but instead touches on a humility, modesty, and altruism that makes them as capable of expressing joy, sorrow, and vengeance as any 'normal' human being. And that's the overriding moral of "Freaks," wherein busty trapeze artist Cleopatra marries sensitive midget Hans only so she and her lunkheaded, strongman lover can make off with his inheritance. Granted, this plot has since become cliché, but to apply it to sideshow performers who are truly in their element 'under the big top' is something of a masterstroke...as it makes the 'normals' seem that much more out-of-place and unwelcome. (A complaint: as some of the dialog is difficult to decipher, it seems that the sound quality was either poorly recorded at the time or when it was transferred to video.)

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