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Circus of Horrors (1960)

Approved  |   |  Horror, Drama  |  April 1960 (UK)
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In 1947 England, a plastic surgeon must beat a hasty retreat to France when one of his patients has ghastly problems with her surgery. Once there, he operates on a circus owner's daughter, ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anton Diffring ...
Dr. Schuler
Erika Remberg ...
Elissa Caro
Yvonne Monlaur ...
Nicole Vanet
...
Vanet
Jane Hylton ...
Angela
Kenneth Griffith ...
Martin
Conrad Phillips ...
Insp. Arthur Ames
...
Supt. Andrews
Vanda Hudson ...
Magda von Meck
Yvonne Romain ...
Melina
Colette Wilde ...
Evelyn Morley Finsbury
William Mervyn ...
Doctor Morley
John Merivale ...
Edward Finsbury
Peter Swanwick ...
German Police Inspector Knopf
Carla Challoner ...
Nicole (as a Child)
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Storyline

In 1947 England, a plastic surgeon must beat a hasty retreat to France when one of his patients has ghastly problems with her surgery. Once there, he operates on a circus owner's daughter, deformed by bombs from the war. Later he becomes the owner of the circus, and continues transforming disfigured women into the beautiful stars of his show. The police and a nosy reporter (as well as Scotland Yard) become interested when the women who want out of the circus begin dying in freak accidents, and they begin suspecting the good doctor is responsible. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Spectacular Towering Terror! One man's lust...made men into beasts, stripped women of their souls! See more »

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Horror | Drama

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April 1960 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Phantom of the Circus  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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(Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The song "Look for a Star", used throughout the film during the circus sequences, became a hit pop recording in Great Britain (for Garry Mills) and the United States (for the similarly named Garry Miles). It was written by the young Tony Hatch under his regular pseudonym of Mark Anthony. See more »

Goofs

Although, at the climax, the circus is known as 'Shuler's Circus' and is clearly labeled as such on exterior shots, the ring is clearly marked round its edge with the repeated initials 'B S'. The 'B S' presumably stands for Billy Smart of Billy Smart's Circus who provided the big top location. See more »

Quotes

Vanet: They're murderers.
Dr. Rossiter, alias Dr. Bernard Schueler: Don't you see, these are the people who will contribute to our circus troupe.
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Connections

Featured in Movie Macabre: Circus of Horrors (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Waltz
(uncredited)
from "Coppélia"
Music by Léo Delibes
Arranged by Muir Mathieson
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Anton Diffring at his nastiest!
4 December 2001 | by (Port Talbot, South Wales,UK) – See all my reviews

A potent, well-paced and oddly memorable horror film with an outstanding leading performance from Anton Diffring, who could play cold and crude characters for fun.

The circus background (a venue synonymous with enjoyment and family entertainment) effectively enhances the nastiness in this film. The illicit reasons behind the use of plastic surgery also add to the general aura of horror.

A nastily effective British horror film - easily Diffring's best performance

  • and still watchable today.....



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