Seven Faces of Dr. Lao

Seven Faces of Dr. Lao

Director: George Pal Cast: Tony Randall, Barbara Eden, Arthur O'Connell
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Seven Faces of Dr. Lao

Tony Randall has the showcase of a lifetime in the marvelous George Pal production The Seven Faces of Dr. Lao. We first see Randall as Dr. Lao, an enigmatic Chinese medicine-show impresario. The doctor brings his travelling show into the frontier town of Abalone, which is chafing under the oppression of land-hungry Clint Stark (Arthur O'Connell). Newspaper editor Ed Cunningham (John Ericson) is conducting a campaign of words against Stark, but he is no match for the land baron's money, power, and hulking henchmen. Nonetheless, Cunningham continues his crusade, all the while attempting to romance icy young widow Angela Benedict (Barbara Eden). All of this is observed with bemusement by Dr. Lao, who has already established himself as a man of many talents by alternating between pidgin-English and eloquent articulation, depending on the circumstances. Each of the townspeople--including the three already mentioned--learn a great many truths about themselves when they attend Dr. Lao's unusual circus. In the course of straightening out everyone's problems, Lao metamorphoses into (1) Merlin the Magician, (2) Pan, (3) Medusa, (4) The Abominable Snowman, (5) Apollonius of Tyana and (6) a Talking Serpent. The combined talents of Randall, puppeteer Pal and make-up wizard William J. Tuttle (who won two Special Oscars) resulted in this captivatingly unique entertainment experience. Curiously, Tony Randall is not fond of Seven Faces of Dr.Lao, and refused to be interviewed on the subject. Perhaps he was unhappy that much of the philosophy dispensed in the original Charles G. Finney novel The Circus of Dr. Lao was weeded out of Charles Beaumont's script....or perhaps he just didn't like having his head shaved for the part.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/27/2011
UPC: 0883316397183
Original Release: 1963
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:40:00
Sales rank: 9,265

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tony Randall Dr. Lao,Merlin the Magician,Apollonius,Pan,The Medusa,The Abominable Snowman
Barbara Eden Angela Benedict
Arthur O'Connell Clint Stark
John Ericson Ed Cunningham
Kevin Tate Mike Benedict
Argentina Brunetti Sarah Benedict
Noah Beery Tim Mitchell
Royal Dano Carey
Frank Cady Mayor James Sargent
Lee Patrick Mrs. Howard T. Cassan
John Qualen Luther Lindquist
Minerva Urecal Kate Lindquist
Edward Little Sky George G. George
Frank Kreig Peter Ramsey
Dal McKennon Lean Cowboy
Chubby Johnson Fat Cowboy
Douglas Fowley Toothless Cowboy
John Doucette Lucas
Peggy Rea Mrs. Peter Ramsey

Technical Credits
George Pal Director,Producer
Charles Beaumont Screenwriter
Robert J. Bronner Cinematographer
Paul Byrd Special Effects
Wah Chang Special Effects
Jim Danforth Special Effects
George W. Davis Art Director
Henry W. Grace Set Decoration/Design
Leigh Harline Score Composer
Robert R. Hoag Special Effects
Hugh Hunt Set Decoration/Design
Ralph Rodine Special Effects
Gabriel Scognamillo Art Director
George Tomasini Editor
William J. Tuttle Makeup

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Seven Faces of Dr. Lao 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An old movie I had been looking for. I really enjoy it. Now my grandsons can too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was something that my father and I would watch together when there was nothing on television. It's a wonderful production for it's time and just an interesting story. Tony Randall was really great and it looks like he had fun doing this. This is just a good story about what happens when East meets West, literally.