Though quiet, Abalone is not peaceful. Morning comes and the circus is gone, leaving a red-colored circle on the desert floor where the tent had been. The newspaperman "leaves in a cloud of befuddlement," but accepting that Lao is "a nice guy.". 7 Faces of Dr. Lao is a 1964 American Metrocolor fantasy-comedy film directed by George Pal (his final directorial effort) and starring Tony Randall.It is an adaptation of the 1935 fantasy novel The Circus of Dr. Lao by Charles G. Finney.It details the visit of a magical circus to a small town in the southwest United States, and the effects that visit has on the people of the town. * Randall voices the Serpent, a stop-motion animated snake which has the face of O'Connell. Later, as Lao puts up posters advertising his circus, Angela's young son Mike learns that the mysterious wanderer is 7,321 years old. Wealthy rancher Clinton Stark (Arthur O'Connell) has inside information that a railroad is coming to town and plans to buy the entire township while the land is cheap. Arguing against the offer, Cunningham introduces everyone to George G. George, a Navajo Indian who lives in "another city, close to our own", and points out that the lives of its residents depend on Abalone's continued existence. Though quiet, Abalone is not peaceful. As part of Tuttle's work, Randall had his head shaved, not only to play the bald Dr. Lao, but also to make it convenient for the "appliances" he had to wear. Also, in the scene where Mike visits Lao at night, a two-headed tortoise can be seen; this made a few later appearances in the television series The Addams Family. Fandango helps you go back to the movies with confidence and peace of mind. The crystal ball and large hourglass used by the Wicked Witch of the West in 1939's The Wizard of Oz can both be spotted in the film. His answer to Angela's inquiry as to why he's interested in the town, then, uses the analogy of her ability to turn a bad child into a good one; he is a businessman and knows how to turn a bad venture into good. The "7 faces" are all portrayed by Tony Randall. It is an adaptation of the 1935 fantasy novel The Circus of Dr. Lao by Charles G. Finney. When a spaceship lands on the moon, it is hailed as a new accomplishment, before it becomes clear that a Victorian party completed the journey in 1899, leading investigators to that mission's last survivor. 7 Faces of Dr. Lao is a Metrocolor 1964 film adaptation of the 1935 fantasy novel The Circus of Dr. Lao by Charles G. Finney. Stark visits The Great Serpent, who points out that Stark is himself in a form of "cage." Later that night, Mike visits Lao and tries to get a job, displaying his novice juggling and conjuring skills. Get your swag on with discounted movies to stream at home, exclusive movie gear, access to advanced screenings and discounts galore. We know life happens, so if something comes up, you can return or exchange your tickets up until the posted showtime. Lao instead offers some advice and observations about the world, which Mike doesn't understand, and Lao claims to not understand either. Stark arrives at the newspaper offices to smugly confront Cunningham over a recent editorial in opposition to Stark's plan. [3] Howard Thompson of The New York Times called the film "heavy, thick, pint-sized fantasy, laid on with an anvil". After the meeting, Stark's henchmen assault George C. George, and Dr. Lao uses his magic to rescue him. After Medusa turns the disbelieving Kate Lindquist to stone, Lao calls an end to the proceedings as the guests flee. When he visits the circus site, Lao offers encouragement and calls on Cunningham to keep faith. Angela confesses her love to Cunningham, to the delight of her mother-in-law. One of noted fantasy filmmaker George Pal’s most distinctive creations, 7 FACES OF DR. LAO earned an Academy Award nomination for its special effects, and an honorary Oscar for William Tuttle’s makeup work. Book signing of Jeannie Out of the Bottle in the lobby at 6:15 PM. At dawn, intoxicated, the newspapermen are astonished to discover that their office has been fully restored and the press is operating. Apollonius tells her she will never be married and will live a lonely, meaningless existence, having accomplished so little she might as well have never lived at all. The crystal ball and large hourglass used by the Wicked Witch of the West in 1939's The Wizard of Oz can both be spotted in the film. Cunningham confronts Lao with the fact that Lao's alleged hometown vanished centuries before. George Pal. The studio publicity department arrived at the barber too late to photograph the process, so they had a make-up artist glue hair back on Randall's head and the barber once again removed it, this time for the cameras. Stark's henchmen are confused by their boss' apparent change of character and decide to trash Lao's circus in a drunken spree, during which they break Lao's fishbowl. Screen Reader Users: To optimize your experience with your screen reading software, please use our Flixster.com website, which has the same tickets as our Fandango.com and MovieTickets.com websites. The closing scene shows the disappearing Dr. Lao riding his donkey over a nearby rise as his voice-over repeats his advice to Mike from two nights earlier, reminding Mike that the Circus of Dr. Lao is life itself, and everything in it is a wonder. . Along with the main cast, the gawkers include Luther Lindquist and his shrewish wife Kate, and Mrs. Cassan, a foolish widow who clings to her self-image of a young beauty. The novel was adapted by Charles Beaumont, directed by George Pal and starred Tony Randall in the title roles. 7 Faces of Dr. Lao was released on a region-free DVD as part of the Warner Bros. Archive Collection in November 2011. Cunningham, who is also romantically pursuing the town's librarian, Angela Benedict (Barbara Eden), a beautiful young widow still grieving the death of her husband, opposes Stark's power grab. Mr. Stark's premise for selling the town is that its 16-mile long water supply pipe from a neighboring town is decaying and would be too expensive to replace. After it chases the two thugs into the storm (and temporarily grows seven heads to resemble the seven faces of the inhabitants of the circus), Mike alerts Dr. Lao and then helps conjure up a cloudburst to wet and thus shrink the beast back to its original size. 7 Faces of Dr. Lao was released on a region-free DVD as part of the Warner Bros. Archive Collection in November 2011. The circus performers offer reflections of the townspeople that aren’t always flattering; a rapacious rancher (Arthur O’Connell) sees a great serpent, and a bitter woman is even turned (briefly) to stone. The film is only loosely based on Finney's novel, which is essentially a series of loosely connected vignettes centered on the circus's visit, without the overarching plotline of Stark's scheming and redemption. Since his head was already shaved, makeup artist Tuttle applied a hairpiece to him. The next morning, as Lao puts up posters around town advertising his circus, he is assisted by Angela's young son Mike (Kevin Tate), who learns that the mysterious wanderer is 7,322 years old. SEE DETAILS. Tyler Posey realizes he's on his own in an exclusive clip from 'Alone,' now on FandangoNOW, What to Watch on FandangoNOW: ‘Unhinged,’ ‘The Opening Act,’ Miranda July’s ‘Kajillionaire’ and More, This Week in Family Movie News: ‘Thomas & Friends’ Coming Down the Track, First ‘Addams Family 2’ Teaser and More. The circus opens its doors, and the townsfolk flock in. .she's had them before." Randall also has a cameo appearance, wearing his own face, as a silent audience member who considers the show pathetic. The inhabitant is revealed (to the accompanying sound of bagpipes) to be the Loch Ness Monster, which balloons to enormous size when exposed to the open air. Merlin appears, restoring the woman to life, her experience causing a much-needed reformation in her character. ** While Randall is credited as the Abominable Snowman, bodybuilder Péter Pál (son of the film's director) was the (uncredited) body double. Charles Austin Miller [3] Howard Thompson of The New York Times called the film "heavy, thick, pint-sized fantasy, laid on with an anvil". 1964, Warner Bros., 100 min. [2], 7 Faces of Dr. Lao garnered positive reception from multiple movie critics. Wealthy rancher Clinton Stark (Arthur O'Connell) has inside information that a railroad is coming to town and is scheming to buy up the place while the land is cheap. According to notes on the Leigh Harline soundtrack CD released by Film Score Monthly, Pal's first choice for the role was Peter Sellers who was strongly interested in the role. The vote is called on Stark's proposal, and to the surprise of Cunningham, Benedict and Stark it is rejected unanimously. That night there is a town hall meeting to discuss the proposition to sell all of the town to Stark. A dust-storm blows up, and as the townsfolk scatter, Angela opens up to Ed, finally admitting that she is in love with him. * Randall voices the Serpent, a stop-motion animated snake which has the face of O'Connell. That night, a town hall meeting is held in the library. 7 Faces of Dr. Lao 1h 40m fantasy; Directed By: George Pal In Theaters: On DVD: George Pal Productions; Seven Faces of Dr. Lao Reviews. Stark has a disquieting meeting with the Great Serpent, Mike befriends the pathetic Merlin, and Angela is aroused from her emotional repression by Pan's intoxicating music. Collect bonus rewards from our many partners, including AMC, Stubs, Cinemark Connections, Regal Crown Club when you link accounts. Lao instead offers some advice and observations about the world ("... the whole world is a circus, if you know how to look at it ..."), which Mike doesn't understand, and Lao claims to not understand either. The film features a great deal of stop-motion animation and was produced by George Pal, a stop-motion animator of long experience. Randall later said in an interview, "Gene Kelly's old toupee came in handy.". 7 лиц доктора Лао - Russian title The Circus of Dr. Lao - working title Le cirque du docteur Lao - French title Le 7 facce del Dr. Lao - Italian title As 7 Faces do Dr. Lao - Brazilian, Portuguese title De 7 gezichten van Dr. Lao - Flemish Belgian title Les 7 visages du Dr. Lao - French Belgian title Cele şapte feţe ale Doctorului Lao - Romanian title But Lao’s changing faces and cryptic pronouncements can also enlighten, bringing a grieving widow (Barbara Eden) out of her shell and teaching her young son to embrace the wonders of the world. Cunningham and his pressman discover the devastation, go drown their sorrows, then stagger back to learn that the damage has been magically repaired by Lao. The "Woldercan spectacular" that Dr. Lao presents as the grand finale of his circus contains much footage from an earlier George Pal production, 1961's Atlantis, the Lost Continent as well as some footage of flowing lava from The Time Machine and stock footage of destruction from MGM's 1951 production of Quo Vadis. Angela is kept awake that night, plagued by the music that Pan had played, while nobody else can hear it. The inhabitant is revealed to be the Loch Ness Monster, which balloons to enormous size when exposed to the open air. Angela Benedict is fascinated by a sensuous and seductive dance of Pan, the God of Joy, who wears the face of Cunningham. It is the dawn of the 20th century, and an elderly Chinese man rides a jackass into Abalone, Arizona, his only visible possession a fishbowl occupied by an innocuous-looking fish. Photographer Grif Henderson is assigned a photo shoot in Paris. Lao deflects Cunningham's questions and he "leaves in a cloud of befuddlement". They reject it, and a redeemed Stark tells them about the coming railroad while noting that they owe a debt of gratitude to Lao. Randall later said in an interview, "Gene Kelly's old toupee came in handy.". ** While Randall is credited as the Abominable Snowman, bodybuilder Péter Pál (son of the film's director) was the (uncredited) body double. Morning comes and the circus is gone, leaving a red-colored circle on the desert floor. But Lao’s changing faces and cryptic pronouncements can also enlighten, bringing a grieving widow (Barbara Eden) out of her shell and teaching her young son to embrace the wonders of the world.

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