MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 1,392 this week

7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964)

7.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 3,098 users  
Reviews: 58 user | 20 critic

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

Director:

Writers:

(screen play), (based on the novel "The Circus of Dr. Lao" by), 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 24 titles
created 27 Jun 2011
 
a list of 24 titles
created 29 Jun 2012
 
a list of 33 titles
created 11 Jul 2013
 
a list of 46 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 25 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: 7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964)

7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of 7 Faces of Dr. Lao.

User Polls

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

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A Greek Fisherman brings an Atlantean Princess back to her homeland which is the mythical city of Atlantis. He is enslaved for his trouble. The King is being manipulated by an evil sorcerer... See full summary »

Director: George Pal
Stars: Sal Ponti, Joyce Taylor, John Dall
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Comedy about the proverbial genie who comes out of a bottle (a table lamp in this instance) to serve his new master. The only problem is that instead of helping his master, the genie (Burl ... See full summary »

Director: Harry Keller
Stars: Tony Randall, Burl Ives, Barbara Eden
At the Circus (1939)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The Marx Brothers try to help the owner of a circus recover some stolen funds before he finds himself out of a job.

Director: Edward Buzzell
Stars: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx
The Fake (1953)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

An American has to guard da Vinci's "Madonna and Child" when it is being shown in Britain. When it arrives he suspects it is not the real painting.

Director: Godfrey Grayson
Stars: Dennis O'Keefe, Coleen Gray, Hugh Williams
Adventure | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A Victorian Englishman travels to the far future and finds that humanity has divided into two hostile species.

Director: George Pal
Stars: Rod Taylor, Alan Young, Yvette Mimieux
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

An elderly couple move into an old, supposedly haunted abandoned house. A young girl comes to live with the pair as a companion for the wife. However, soon the girl is possessed by the ... See full summary »

Director: Bernard Knowles
Stars: Margaret Lockwood, James Mason, Barbara Mullen
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In the 1600s, cowardly Sir Simon of Canterville flees a duel and seeks solace in the family castle. His ashamed father seals him in the room where he is hiding and dooms him to life as a ... See full summary »

Directors: Jules Dassin, Norman Z. McLeod
Stars: Charles Laughton, Robert Young, Margaret O'Brien
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Ray Enright
Stars: Joe E. Brown, Patricia Ellis, Dorothy Burgess
Arsène Lupin (1932)
Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A charming and very daring thief known as Arsene Lupin is terrorizing the wealthy of Paris, he even goes so far as to threaten the Mona Lisa. But the police, led by the great Guerchard, ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Conway
Stars: John Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Karen Morley
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Twelve people are aboard Coast Air Line's flagship the Silver Queen enroute to South America when the airplane encounters a storm and is blown off course. Crashing into jungles known to be ... See full summary »

Director: John Farrow
Stars: Chester Morris, Lucille Ball, Wendy Barrie
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Balkan Prince Henry has two wishes, to meet Lauren Bacall and see the "real" America. He befriends cabbie Buzz Williams and, without knowing the microphone is live, the two stage a debate ... See full summary »

Director: David Butler
Stars: Dennis Morgan, Jack Carson, Joan Leslie
Crack-Up (1946)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Art curator George Steele experiences a train wreck...which never happened. Is he cracking up, or the victim of a plot?

Director: Irving Reis
Stars: Pat O'Brien, Claire Trevor, Herbert Marshall
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Dr. Lao / The Abominable Snowman / Merlin the Magician / Apollonius of Tyana / Pan / The Giant Serpent / Medusa
...
Angela Benedict
...
Clint Stark
John Ericson ...
Ed Cunningham / Transformed Pan
...
Tim Mitchell
Lee Patrick ...
Mrs. Howard Cassin
Minerva Urecal ...
Kate Lindquist
...
Luther Lindquist
Frank Kreig ...
Peter Ramsey
Peggy Rea ...
Mrs. Peter Ramsey
Eddie Little Sky ...
...
Carey
...
Sarah Benedict
...
Lucas
...
Lean Cowboy
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Which face will the wily doctor reveal to you? See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

13 August 1964 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Seven Faces of Dr. Lao  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Color:

(Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

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 Merlin first appears to Ed outside the tent a pipe at the base of the tent emits a cloud of white smoke so Merlin can "magically" appear. It continues to give several little spurts of smoke after he appears and while he is talking to Ed. See more »

Quotes

Apollonius of Tyana: Tomorrow will be like today, and the day after tomorrow will be like the day before yesterday. I see your remaining days as a tedious collection of hours full of useless vanities. You will think no new thoughts. You will forget what little you have known. Older you will become, but not wiser. Stiffer, but not more dignified. Childless you are, and childless you will remain. Of that suppleness you once commanded in your youth, of that strange simplicity which once attracted men to you, neither ...
[...]
See more »

Connections

Referenced in McHale's Navy: The Seven Faces of Ensign Parker (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Sumer is icumen in
(uncredited)
Traditional 13th century English round
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Unusually clever satire
12 April 2002 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

This movie is an unsung masterpiece with alternate realities transformed by Director George Pal. Randall's talents were ever used to better advantage. The clever inside-out look of town-as-dysfunctional-family juxtaposed against Dr. Lao's circus frames the satire perfectly. Arthur O'Connell and John Ericson are marvelous as Dr. Lao's opponents for the town's soul.


28 of 30 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Barbara Eden all hot and sweaty roximunro
Favorite Face omari322
Something Wicked This Way Comes... omari322
Tony Randall in the Audience grimjack60
Come on people! detroit_rock_city
DVD robbiedobbie2000
Discuss 7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?