Seven Faces of Dr. Lao (1964)




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In this film, Dr. Lao, an enigmatic Chinese medicine-show impresario, brings his travelling show into the frontier town of Abalone, which is chafing under the oppression of land-hungry Clint Stark. Each of the townspeople learn a great many truths about themselves when they attend Dr. Lao's unusual circus.
Classics , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Western
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Tony Randall
as Dr. Lao/Merlin/Pan/Abominable Snowman/Medusa
Barbara Eden
as Angela Benedict
Arthur O'Connell
as Clint Stark
John Ericson
as Ed Cunningham
Noah Beery Jr.
as Tim Mitchell
Lee Patrick
as Mrs. Howard T. Cassan
Minerva Urecal
as Kate Lindquist
John Qualen
as Luther Lindquist
Frank Kreig
as Peter Ramsey
Peggy Rea
as Mrs. Peter Ramsey
Eddie Little Sky
as George G. George
Royal Dano
as Carey
Argentina Brunetti
as Sarah Benedict
Edward Little Sky
as George G. George
Dal McKennon
as Lean Cowboy
Frank Cady
as Mayor James Sargent
Chubby Johnson
as Fat Cowboy
Douglas Fowley
as Toothless Cowboy
Kevin Tate
as Mike Benedict
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Critic Reviews for Seven Faces of Dr. Lao

All Critics (6)

A strange, sporadically entertaining fantasy, which won the Honorary Oscar for Makeup: Tony Randall plays seven roles.

Full Review… | February 20, 2013

Tony Randall's best--a whimsical western

October 23, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

a delightful, imaginative curio

November 10, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

Mildly diverting, but no classic

August 21, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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July 23, 2005

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October 17, 2003
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Audience Reviews for Seven Faces of Dr. Lao

7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964) ??? Colorful, amusing fantasy about enchanting circus performer who aids a small western town to find hope and restore their discouraged lives. Kudos to Tony Randall, who plays seven roles! Honorary Award Oscar for make-up achievements.

Tanner Bartko
Tanner Bartko

This is by no definition a good movie. 100% with five reviews means just as much as 5% with 100 reviews.

Diego Tutweiller
Diego Tutweiller

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 Rovira
Danny Rovira

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