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7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964)

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

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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
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Mrs. Howard Cassin
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Kate Lindquist
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Luther Lindquist
Frank Kreig ...
Peter Ramsey
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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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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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Which face will the wily doctor reveal to you? See more »


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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to a story that appeared in "Life" magazine Tony Randall had his head shaved for the part of Dr. Lao. When it was decided to have him appear in the audience as himself during the second show they could not find a wig that looked like his natural hair so they took a woman's wig and cut and styled it enough to get by for the few seconds he would be on screen. See more »

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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

Dr. Lao: This is the circus of Dr. Lao. We show you things that you don't know. Oh we spare no pains and we spare no dough, oh we want to give you one hell of a show. And youth may come and age may go, but no more circuses like this show.
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Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode dated 28 June 1964 (1964) See more »

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Sumer is icumen in
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Traditional 13th century English round
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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.


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