7 Faces of Dr. Lao [DVD] [1963]

  • SKU: 19636415
  • Release Date: 09/27/2011
  • Rating: NR
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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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Tony Randall
    Tony Randall - Dr. Lao
  • Barbara Eden
    Barbara Eden - Angela Benedict
  • Arthur O'Connell
    Arthur O'Connell - Clint Stark
  • John Ericson
    John Ericson - Ed Cunningham
  • Argentina Brunetti
    Argentina Brunetti - Sarah Benedict

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars



    This should be listed as an 'All-Time Family Favorite'. For those who haven't seen it, this story is one of intrigue and mystery; well not so much of either. It's a familiar story about the rights and wrongs of how human beings treat one another. It's more funny than sappy; it's fun-filled and humorous. People from every age and background would find this appealing as it brings us back to the roots of how we would like life to be...pleasant and caring. I hope others will purchase a copy and share with family and friends. I know of no other movie that incorporates a multitude of approaches to getting a universal message across that everyone can understand. For Tony Randall lovers ... this is truly Tony at his BEST.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Imaginative Movie

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    Enjoyed a vague memory of the movie when I was young, and excited to find it deeper and more enjoyable now that I am older. Took a while to track it down, and glad to have in the collection!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful story.

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    Excellent. I've seen it several times, and just love it.

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