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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
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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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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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Phantom of the Circus  »

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Trivia

The clowns are dressed as Keystone Cops in one of the scenes. See more »

Goofs

When Shuler is attacked by the gorilla, it clearly shows the gorilla's claw mauling the left side of Shuler's face. Later, only the right side of Shuler's face show any signs of the attack. See more »

Quotes

Supt. Andrews: Williams, put the kettle on and bring in a file named Rossiter.
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The Washington Post
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Music by John Philip Sousa
Arranged by Muir Mathieson
Played during the equestrian act
Also played during the parade before the final show
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Madman, mayhem, and music
9 October 2004 | by (Ottawa, Illinois) – See all my reviews

Anton Diffring plays the definitive psycho-narcissist, using all those around him as pawns for his personal pleasures and goals. I saw this film on it's initial theatrical release in 1960. (As a young boy of 10,I recall,I was pleasantly shocked at seeing the scantily clad female circus performers!) And I now own the film on laserdisc. The suspense still holds up well, and though the violence is not as explicit as you find in today's horror films, it is still on the gruesome side. Call me sentimental, but I like the theme song that is sung during the performance of the circus's female headliner ("Look for a Star"). It is typical early 60's love song ala Frankie Avalon, but it is a pretty song inserted within all the gruesome murder and violence around it. Very effective if you think about it. My rating: 8 out of 10 stars.


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