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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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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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All Tony - All Terrific! 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

Oscar-winning soundtrack composer Leigh Harline worked for Disney from 1932-41 and wrote the music for some of the best-known Disney film songs, including "When You Wish Upon a Star", "I'm Wishing," "Whistle While You Work," "Heigh Ho," and "Some Day My Prince Will Come." See more »

Goofs

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

Ed Cunningham: All those stories about me, they're lies. I'm not a bank robber or a cattle rustler and I've never kicked a woman in the stomach, even once, really!
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Featured in The 54th Annual Academy Awards (1982) See more »

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Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565
(1708) (uncredited)
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
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I grew up on this
10 August 2005 | by tearfrostSee all my reviews

"The whole world is a circus, if you know how to look at it." The inhabitants of an old western town are being terrorized by a corrupt mayor and his cronies. Only a handful of people are brave enough to fight back, until a strange old Chinese man appears in town and opens up a circus. I grew up watching this movie. It contains excellent lessons about life, magic, fighting for what you believe in, and love. The scene with Merlin makes me cry without fail every time I watch it. This is something I intend to raise my children on. The moral message is strong without being preachy or adhering to any religious preference.


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