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7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964)

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A mysterious circus comes to a western town bearing wonders and characters that entertain the inhabitants and teach valuable lessons.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Dr. Lao / The Abominable Snowman / Merlin the Magician / Apollonius of Tyana / Pan / The Giant Serpent / Medusa
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Angela Benedict
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Clint Stark
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Ed Cunningham / Transformed Pan
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Tim Mitchell
Lee Patrick ...
Mrs. Howard Cassin
Minerva Urecal ...
Kate Lindquist
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Luther Lindquist
Frank Kreig ...
Peter Ramsey
Peggy Rea ...
Mrs. Peter Ramsey
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Carey
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Sarah Benedict
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Lucas
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Lean Cowboy
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An old Chinese gentleman rides into the town of Abalone, Arizona and changes it forever, as the citizens see themselves reflected in the mirror of Lao's mysterious circus of mythical beasts. Written by Edward E. Pringle <pringle@atb.teradyne.com>

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Bolt the doors! Lock the windows! Dr. Lao's coming to town! See more »


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Passed | See all certifications »
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13 August 1964 (West Germany)  »

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Seven Faces of Dr. Lao  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Metrocolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Before it became apparent the film was not a hit, George Pal told press he was planning a sequel with Tony Randall recreating his role. See more »

Goofs

When the little boy comforts Merlin the Magician, the balloon he is holding appears and disappears depending on whether he is shown from the front or the back. See more »

Quotes

Clint Stark: I was like you once, long time ago. I believed in the dignity of man. Decency. Humanity. But I was lucky. I found out the truth early, boy.
Ed Cunningham: And what is the truth, Stark?
Clint Stark: It's all very simple. There's no such thing as the dignity of man. Man is a base, pathetic and vulgar animal.
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Connections

Spoofed in The Seven Seductions (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565
(1708) (uncredited)
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
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sounds like a deceitful person, eh?
25 October 1999 | by (Broken Bow, Oklahoma) – See all my reviews

Good film concerning a mysterious Chinese who brings a unique carnival to a troubled western town. He manages to change the outlook of most of the citizens by introducing them to themselves through his various carnival acts. Not a rip roaring comedy, but one which causes the viewer to consider what it would be like if he or she walked through Dr. Lao's magical tent.


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