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Director:
Writers:
Clarence Aaron 'Tod' Robbins (suggested by story: "Spurs")
Willis Goldbeck (screenplay) ...
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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:
Great horror classic from early 30's. See more (256 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)

Willis Goldbeck (screenplay) &
Leon Gordon (screenplay)

Al Boasberg  additional dialogue (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)
"The Freaks" - USA (reissue title)
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Runtime:
64 min
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Language:
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:K-12/9 (2016) (TV) | Finland:(Banned) (1932) | France:Tous publics | Germany:16 | Ireland:(Banned) (1999) | Italy:T (VHS/DVD rating) (self applied) | Italy:(Banned) (original rating) | Portugal:M/12 | UK:12A (2015) | UK:12 (re-rating) (2001) | UK:15 (video rating) (1995) | UK:X (1963) | UK:(Banned) (1932-1963) | USA:Unrated | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Tod Browning's only onscreen credit is on the title page: "Tod Browning's Freaks," which is interpreted as the director credit. He is not in studio records as a producer.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: In the first shot after the "Wedding Feast" title card, we see Violet Hilton & Daisy Hilton playing soprano saxophones, but we only hear a harmonica being played.See more »
Quotes:
Hercules:I'm tired of spending time and money on somebody like you.
Venus:Yeah, your time, but my money.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Gruesome TalesSee more »

FAQ

Are the freaks real or just actors in costumes?
Is "Freaks" based on a book?
What is a pinhead?
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45 out of 60 people found the following review useful.
Great horror classic from early 30's., 7 June 2001
Author: HumanoidOfFlesh from Chyby, Poland

"Freaks" is one of the most controversial horror films from the 30's,mainly because director Tod Browning hired as the actors real sideshow freaks.It does have a rather unsettling effect,but I think that really does work for the film.Browning builds up a great amount of suspense with the good use of locations,story and lots of atmosphere.The ending,where we see freaks crawling in the mud,is pretty creepy.Anyway check this one out-it's worth watching.

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