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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:
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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 ... By Herself
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)
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Directed by
Tod Browning  (as Tod Browning's Production)
 
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:
Samuel Marx, head of MGM's Story Department, recalled with peculiar pride, "And so, Harry Rapf, who was a great moral figure, got a bunch of us together and we went in and complained to Irving Thalberg about 'Freaks'. And he laughed at that. He said, 'You know, we're making all kinds of movies. Forget it. I'm going to make the picture. Tod Browning's a fine director. He knows what he's doing.' And the picture was made." But the lunchroom protests didn't end. As a result, a makeshift table was constructed and the cast of "Freaks" (with the exception of Harry Earles & Daisy Earles, Violet Hilton & Daisy Hilton, and the more "normal" cast-members) were forced to eat their meals outdoors.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: During the scene in which Hans' friends menace Cleopatra in the wagon, the flute soundtrack doesn't match the finger movements of the dwarf playing the flute.See more »
Quotes:
Roscoe:I'm not going to have my wife laying in bed half the day with one of your hangovers.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Sideshow: Alive on the Inside (1999) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Whistler and His DogSee more »

FAQ

Are the freaks real or just actors in costumes?
What is a pinhead?
How does the movie end?
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81 out of 91 people found the following review useful.
Visit This Sideshow at Your Peril, 25 January 2000
Author: Ron Oliver (revilorest@juno.com) from Forest Ranch, CA

A forest glade somewhere in Europe. A warm, sunny day with children playing on the grass. But the camera moves closer and reveals that something is terribly wrong. For these are not children, but tragically misshapen human beings. Pinheads. Dwarfs. A young man with only half a body. A man without arms or legs. These are the Freaks.

In 1932, director Tod Browning, fresh from his success with DRACULA, was instructed by Irving Thalberg to top FRANKENSTEIN. He succeeded. The resulting film was considered so ghastly that it was banned in Britain for 30 years. It is the strangest film MGM ever released.

Browning wanted to tell a tale of love, greed & revenge set in a circus, most particularly in the sideshow of human anomalies. He scoured Europe & America for the perfect cast. He got them: Violet & Daisy Hilton, the celebrated Siamese twins; dwarf brother & sister Harry & Daisy Earles; Johnny Eck the Half Boy (a good actor, he will remain in your mind a long time); the tragic Josephine Joseph, a hermaphrodite; as well as a human skeleton, armless girls and the female pinheads, among others.

While the plot is exploitive & the title tasteless, these people show us glimpses of their hearts, some of the agony of their condition and make us wonder, `What if I'd been born as one of them?'

The rest of the cast is made up of MGM stock players Leila Hyams, Wallace Ford, Edward Brophy, Olga Baclanova and the screen's champion stutterer Roscoe Ates.

The plot is simple. A beautiful trapeze artist marries a dwarf for his money, then plots his murder with her lover, the circus strong man. The subsequent action is both horrifying & strangely satisfying. Various scenes - the Freaks' Banquet, the chase through the storm - are among the most bizarre ever filmed. You won't soon forget the time you spend with the FREAKS.





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