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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.

Director:

George Pal

Writers:

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

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Cast

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


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

William Tuttle received an Honorary Academy Award for his make-up work on this movie. It was the first of two Honorary Oscars awarded for make-up - the other one being John Chambers for Planet of the Apes (1968). It was not until 1982 that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences decided to create a Best Make-Up category; An American Werewolf in London (1981) was the first film to win the award. 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

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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Features The Time Machine (1960) See more »

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Sumer is icumen in
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Traditional 13th century English round
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even if it makes us cringe, it's got some good lessons
4 June 2006 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Obviously, it nowadays makes us cringe that a white person plays an Asian person. But other than that, "7 Faces of Dr. Lao" has some good life lessons in the same way that "Zorba the Greek" does. Portraying the Old West town of Abalone, where the elderly Chinese titular character (Tony Randall) opens a circus and helps the people discover new strength in themselves to question the authority of their corrupt overlord (Arthur O'Connell), the movie is most impressive. The special effects aren't quite what we in the 21st century are used to, but that really doesn't subtract from the movie's quality. As Dr. Lao reminds us: "The whole world is a circus if you know how to look at it." Oh, and of course Barbara Eden stars, before she became Jeannie. Jeannie would probably say of "7FODL": "Is it not wonderful, master?" It sure is.


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