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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.


George Pal


Charles Beaumont (screen play), Charles G. Finney (novel)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Randall ... Dr. Lao / The Abominable Snowman / Merlin the Magician / Apollonius of Tyana / Pan / The Giant Serpent / Medusa
Barbara Eden ... Angela Benedict
Arthur O'Connell ... Clint Stark
John Ericson ... Ed Cunningham / Transformed Pan
Noah Beery Jr. ... Tim Mitchell
Lee Patrick ... Mrs. Howard Cassin
Minerva Urecal ... Kate Lindquist
John Qualen ... Luther Lindquist
Frank Kreig Frank Kreig ... Peter Ramsey
Peggy Rea ... Mrs. Peter Ramsey
Eddie Little Sky ... George C. George
Royal Dano ... Carey
Argentina Brunetti ... Sarah Benedict
John Doucette ... Lucas
Dal McKennon Dal McKennon ... Lean Cowboy


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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Bolt the doors! Lock the windows! Dr. Lao's coming to town! See more »


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Release Date:

13 August 1964 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Seven Faces of Dr. Lao See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

George Pal Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The beginning and ending shots of the movie perfectly exemplify the "shooting-out-of-sequence" practice in film-making. You'll notice that the same exact camera setup is used for both shots, with Tony wearing the exact same costume. He simply rides toward the camera for the beginning of the story, and away from the camera for the end. Even the shadows from the sun are in the same alignment. See more »


About 33 minutes in we see the Abominable Snowman cranking a mechanical musical device on top of which are three small mechanical musicians: a clown playing a fiddle, a dog playing a piano, and, even though they've turned his head away from the camera, clearly Fred Flintstone on a relatively modern drum kit. See more »


Apollonius of Tyana: You were born with a great love of humanity, Clinton Stark. But, this love soon turned to bitterness and contempt. Why? It's because in all your years, you've never been able to understand that perfection exists only as an ideal.
Clint Stark: Who's interested in ideals? Get the money! That's what counts. Hold it out for the people, then grab at it. That's the truth! There's nothing in-between.
Apollonius of Tyana: Oh, but there is. Life is sharing. You began with an extreme notion of man's good. His strength and his nobility. ...
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Featured in The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal (1985) See more »


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Excellent film that turns on a wonderful performance and great makeup
6 July 2001 | by llltdesqSee all my reviews

Unusually for a Geore Pal film, this movie does not have at its core the special effects, but rather a wonderful performance by Tony Randall (or more accurately, performances) and the makeup, which received the first Oscar (a special one) ever given for makeup. A good cast and script are also plusses. Read the original novella by Charles G. Finney if you can find it-it's well worth tracking down. Recommended.

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