Seven Faces of Dr. Lao 1964

7 Faces of Dr. Lao

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When the inscrutable Dr. Lao (Tony Randall) and his mystical Chinese medicine show roll into the Wild West settlement of Abalone, Arizona, he ends up in the middle of an ongoing feud between a ruthless land baron, Clint Stark (Arthur O'Connell), and an idealistic newspaper editor, Ed Cunningham (John Ericson). The shape-shifting Dr. Lao soon weighs in on the battle, as well as the problems of widowed librarian Angela (Barbara Eden) and her ambitious young son, Mike.

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Tony Randall
Dr. Lao, The Abominable Snowman, Merlin the Magician, Apollonius of Tyana, Pan, The Giant Serpent, Medusa, Audience Member
Barbara Eden
Angela Benedict
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
Peter Ramsey
Peggy Rea
Mrs. Peter Ramsey
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Critic Reviews for Seven Faces of Dr. Lao

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Audience Reviews for Seven Faces of Dr. Lao

  • May 30, 2010
    In the most remarkable role and performance of his career, Tony Randall stars in this delightful fable about a mysterious Chinese doctor and magical proprietor of a circus that comes to a dusty Arizona town and generates a wave of good happenings. Dr. Lao assumes different guises in order to teach his message of pride and self-reliance to the townsfolk. Fine supporting performances by Barbara Eden, Arthur O' Connell and John Ericson. But it's Randall's virtuoso turn where he plays all six roles as Dr. Lao, Merin, Pan, The Abominable Snowman, Medusa, Apollonius of Tyana with the aid of elaborate make-up that won a special Oscar for Outstanding Makeup Achievement that is the heart of the wonderous film. One of my favorite childhood films a total joy. Highly Recommended.
    Danny R Super Reviewer
  • Feb 17, 2010
    Part western, part fantasy, this is the story of a strange Chinese man, played by Tony Randall, who drops in on a small town with his odd little "Circus of Dr. Lao". Arthur O'Connell plays a money-grubbing bastard who wants everyone to sell him their property so he can benefit from a railroad coming near town that only he knows about. There's also a budding romance between widow Barbara Eden and the new newspaper man in town, While the appearance of Dr. Lao seems coincidental, he and his circus help to resolve these issues. Director/animator George Pal held the reins here, and it had a bit of a Harryhausen feel to some of the animated sequences. While all the cast is satisfactory, Tony Randall really impressed me with his performance...or should I say performances? All the characters in the circus -- a fortune teller, a talking serpent, Medusa, a Yeti -- are played by Randall. I'm curioius as to why he ended up playing fey mincing types or whiny Casper Milquetoasts when he was apparently capable of so much more. A nice film for the family on a snowy afternoon.
    Cindy I Super Reviewer
  • Apr 15, 2008
    This is still amusing to watch
    The M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 22, 2007
    Great movie for children and adults. Tony Randall's best role.
    Morris N Super Reviewer

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