Freaks [DVD] [1932]

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  • Release Date: 04/13/2016
  • Rating: NR
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The genesis of MGM's Freaks was a magazine piece by Ted Robbins titled Spurs. The story involved a terrible revenge enacted by a mean-spirited circus midget upon his normal-sized wife. In adapting Spurs for the screen, writers Willis Goldbeck, Leon Gordon, Edgar Allan Wolf, and Al Boasberg retained the circus setting and the little man-big woman wedding, all the while de-vilifying the midget and transforming the woman into the true "heavy" of the piece. German "little person" Harry Earles plays Hans, who falls in love with long-legged trapeze artist Cleopatra (Olga Baclanova). Discovering that Hans is heir to a fortune, Cleopatra inveigles him into a marriage, all the while planning to bump off her new husband and run away with brutish strongman Hercules (Henry Victor). What she doesn't reckon with is the code of honor among circus freaks: "offend one, offend them all." What set this film apart from director Tod Browning's earlier efforts was the fact that genuine circus and carnival sideshow performers were cast as the freaks: Harry Earles and his equally diminutive sister Daisy, Siamese twins Violet and Daisy Hilton, legless Johnny Eck, armless-legless Randian (who rolls cigarettes with his teeth), androgynous Josephine-Joseph, "pinheads" Schlitzie, Elvira, Jennie Lee Snow, and so on. Upon its initial release, Freaks was greeted with such revulsion from movie-house audiences that MGM spent the next 30 years distancing themselves as far from the project as possible. For many years available only in a truncated reissue version titled Nature's Mistakes, Freaks was eventually restored to its original release print. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Wallace Ford
    Wallace Ford - Phroso
  • Leila Hyams
    Leila Hyams - Venus
  • Olga Baclanova
    Olga Baclanova - Cleopatra
  • Roscoe Ates
    Roscoe Ates - Roscoe
  • Harry Earles
    Harry Earles - Hans

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Most Frightening Film in the History of Cinema


    The scene with the legless/armless man slushing through the mud under the caravan in the middle of the rainstorm is the most intense scene I have ever witnessed. Wow. This is 60 minutes of real life freaks and I have never seen anything like it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars



    This DVD is loaded with extras. Alternative endings are are for a film this old. There are tons of featurettes on this classic film. The film used real side show performers. Also Henry "Harry" Earls is in the movie as Hans.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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    Great classic horror film for any fan. If you saw freakshow you would enjoy the true characters that brought that series to life

    I would recommend this to a friend

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