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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

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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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>

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All Tony - All Terrific! See more »


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13 August 1964 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

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

William Tuttle received an honorary Oscar for his makeup work on this film. It was the first one of two honorary Oscars awarded for makeup - the other one being John Chambers for Planet of the Apes (1968). See more »

Goofs

During the opening festivities for Dr. Lao's circus, the Yeti is shown as organ grinder for three musical-box figures, one of which is Fred Flintstone playing the drums - a cartoon character who wasn't created until nearly half a century after the film takes place (and, incidentally, a type of drum set-up not popularized until the early 1940's). See more »

Quotes

Mike: Are you an acrobat?
Dr. Lao: Only philosophically.
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Soundtracks

Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565
(1708) (uncredited)
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
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I grew up on this
10 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The whole world is a circus, if you know how to look at it." The inhabitants of an old western town are being terrorized by a corrupt mayor and his cronies. Only a handful of people are brave enough to fight back, until a strange old Chinese man appears in town and opens up a circus. I grew up watching this movie. It contains excellent lessons about life, magic, fighting for what you believe in, and love. The scene with Merlin makes me cry without fail every time I watch it. This is something I intend to raise my children on. The moral message is strong without being preachy or adhering to any religious preference.


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