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A circus' beautiful trapeze artist agrees to marry the leader of side-show performers, but his deformed friends discover she is only marrying him for his inheritance.

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Phroso
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Venus
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Cleopatra
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Roscoe (as Rosco Ates)
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Hercules
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Hans
Daisy Earles ...
Frieda
Rose Dione ...
Madame Tetrallini
Daisy Hilton ...
Siamese Twin
Violet Hilton ...
Siamese Twin
Schlitze ...
Himself
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Half Woman-Half Man
Johnny Eck ...
Half Boy
Frances O'Connor ...
Armless Girl
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Human Skeleton
Olga Roderick ...
Bearded Lady
Koo Koo ...
By Herself
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The Living Torso (as Rardion)
Martha Morris ...
Armless Girl
Elvira Snow ...
Pinhead (as Zip)
Jenny Lee Snow ...
Pinhead (as Pip)
Elizabeth Green ...
Bird Girl
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Angeleno
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Rollo Brother
Matt McHugh ...
Rollo Brother (as Mat McHugh)
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Giant (uncredited)
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Sideshow Patron (uncredited)
Demetrius Alexis ...
Mr. Rogers (uncredited)
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Doctoer (uncredited)
Jerry Austin ...
Knife-Throwing Dwarf (uncredited)
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Hans' Butler (uncredited)
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Madame Bartet (uncredited)
Albert Conti ...
Landowner (uncredited)
Tiny Doll ...
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Edith ...
Crawling Girl (uncredited)
Delmo Fritz ...
Sword-Swallower (uncredited)
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Freakshow Barker (uncredited)
Michael Visaroff ...
Jean (uncredited)

Directed by

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Tod Browning

Written by

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Clarence Aaron 'Tod' Robbins ... (suggested by story: "Spurs") (as Tod Robbins)
 
Willis Goldbeck ... (screenplay) &
Leon Gordon ... (screenplay)
 
Al Boasberg ... (additional dialogue) (uncredited)
 
Charles MacArthur ... () (uncredited)
 
Edgar Allan Woolf ... (additional dialogue) (uncredited)

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Tod Browning ... producer (uncredited)
Dwain Esper ... producer (uncredited) (reissue)
Harry Rapf ... producer (uncredited)
Hildegarde Stadie ... producer (uncredited) (reissue)
Irving Thalberg ... producer (uncredited)

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Merritt B. Gerstad ... (uncredited) (photographed by)

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Basil Wrangell ... (uncredited)

Art Direction by

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Cedric Gibbons ... (uncredited)
Merrill Pye ... (uncredited)

Production Management

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Harry Sharrock ... production manager (uncredited)

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William Ryan ... second assistant director (uncredited)
Will Sheldon ... third assistant director (uncredited)
Errol Taggart ... first assistant director (uncredited)

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G.A. Burns ... sound recording engineer (uncredited)
Douglas Shearer ... recording director (uncredited)

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David S. Horsley ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Oliver T. Marsh ... additional photographer (uncredited)
Paul Vogel ... additional photographer (uncredited)

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Will Sheldon ... script supervisor (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

A circus trapeze artist, Cleopatra, takes an interest in Hans, a midget who works in the circus sideshow. Her interest however is in the money Hans will be inheriting and she is actually carrying on an affair with another circus performer, Hercules. Hans's fiancée does her best to convince him that he is being used but to no avail. At their wedding party, a drunken Cleopatra tells the sideshow freaks just what she thinks of them. Together, the freaks decide to make her one of their own. Written by garykmcd

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Taglines The story of the love life of the sideshow. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Forbidden Love (United States)
  • The Monster Show (United States)
  • The Freaks (United States)
  • Nature's Mistakes (United States)
  • La Parade des monstres (France)
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  • 64 min
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Budget $310,607 (estimated)

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Trivia The on-screen romance between Hans and Frieda was very subdued because the roles were being played by real life brother and sister Harry Earles and Daisy Earles. See more »
Goofs In the first shot after the "Wedding Feast" title card, we see Violet Hilton & Daisy Hilton playing soprano saxophones, but we only hear a harmonica being played. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Le contrôle de l'univers (1999). See more »
Soundtracks Gruesome Tales See more »
Quotes Freaks: We accept you, one of us! Gooble Gobble!
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