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Circus of Horrors (1960)

Approved | | Horror, Drama | April 1960 (UK)
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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Dr. Schuler
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Elissa Caro
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Nicole Vanet
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Vanet
Jane Hylton ...
Angela
Kenneth Griffith ...
Martin
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Insp. Arthur Ames
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Supt. Andrews
Vanda Hudson ...
Magda von Meck
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Melina
Colette Wilde ...
Evelyn Morley Finsbury
William Mervyn ...
Doctor Morley
John Merivale ...
Edward Finsbury
Peter Swanwick ...
German Police Inspector Knopf
Carla Challoner ...
Nicole Vanet - Child
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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, 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 footage of the trapeze act featured in the film (complete with inter-cuts of audience reaction) is identical to that in 'John Moxey''s 'Circus of Fear (1966)' 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

[regarding the circus' new recruit]
Angela: She's a thief! A murderess!
Dr. Rossiter, alias Dr. Bernard Schueler: And a prostitute. Please, don't deny her her most important accomplishment.
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Connections

Referenced in Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Light Cavalry March
(uncredited)
Music by Franz von Suppé
Arranged by Muir Mathieson
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Gorgeous, silly movie
8 October 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Fairly routine circus horror story well executed. There are a few scenes featuring the lady rope swinger set to bizarre music that are really breathtaking. The story concerns some radical plastic surgeons (with possible nazi connections) who take over a circus and populate it entirely with their patients/victims, who are killed one by one. Beautiful color photography. Anchor Bay has a very nice DVD of this one that fans should pick up.


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