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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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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
John Ericson ...
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
Eddie Little Sky ...
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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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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 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 »

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[repeated line]
Apollonius of Tyana: [after giving a grim prophecy] Five cents, please.
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Referenced in Before Sunrise (1995) See more »

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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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