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Circus of Horrors (1960)

Approved | | Horror , Drama | April 1960 (UK)
In 1947 England, a plastic surgeon must beat a hasty retreat to France when one of his patients has ghastly problems with her surgery. Once there, he operates on a circus owner's daughter, ... See full summary »

Director:

Sidney Hayers

Writer:

George Baxt (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anton Diffring ... Dr. Schuler
Erika Remberg ... Elissa Caro
Yvonne Monlaur ... Nicole Vanet
Donald Pleasence ... Vanet
Jane Hylton ... Angela
Kenneth Griffith Kenneth Griffith ... Martin
Conrad Phillips ... Insp. Arthur Ames
Jack Gwillim ... Supt. Andrews
Vanda Hudson Vanda Hudson ... Magda von Meck
Yvonne Romain ... Melina
Colette Wilde Colette Wilde ... Evelyn Morley Finsbury
William Mervyn William Mervyn ... Doctor Morley
John Merivale John Merivale ... Edward Finsbury
Peter Swanwick Peter Swanwick ... German Police Inspector Knopf
Carla Challoner Carla Challoner ... Nicole Vanet - Child
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Storyline

In 1947 England, a plastic surgeon must beat a hasty retreat to France when one of his patients has ghastly problems with her surgery. Once there, he operates on a circus owner's daughter, deformed by bombs from the war. Later he becomes the owner of the circus, and continues transforming disfigured women into the beautiful stars of his show. The police and a nosy reporter (as well as Scotland Yard) become interested when the women who want out of the circus begin dying in freak accidents, and they begin suspecting the good doctor is responsible. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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For ever stranger thrills...he turned the greatest show on earth into a... See more »

Genres:

Horror | Drama

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1960 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Phantom of the Circus See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lynx Films Ltd. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The circus used in this movie was that of Billy Smart's Circus, one of the three big tenting circuses in the United Kingdom at the time of filming. The external scenes were filmed on Clapham Common. See more »

Goofs

When Magda meets her fate, close shots from behind show the wheel still spinning, with her on it, intercut with a distant shot showing people crowding around the wheel which is static. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Rossiter, alias Dr. Bernard Schueler: Quick, get her to a doctor. And send the clowns in.
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Connections

Edited into Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

The Liberty Bell
(uncredited)
Music by John Philip Sousa
Arranged by Muir Mathieson
Played during the opening credits and at the beginning of the Berlin sequence
Also played at the end of the knife-throwing act
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Gorgeous, silly movie
8 October 2002 | by funkyfrySee all my reviews

Fairly routine circus horror story well executed. There are a few scenes featuring the lady rope swinger set to bizarre music that are really breathtaking. The story concerns some radical plastic surgeons (with possible nazi connections) who take over a circus and populate it entirely with their patients/victims, who are killed one by one. Beautiful color photography. Anchor Bay has a very nice DVD of this one that fans should pick up.


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