7 Faces of Dr. Lao

An elderly Chinese man routs evil in a Western frontier town by setting up his circus for the townspeople. The various performers affect each of the circus' visitors in a different way.
7 Faces of Dr. Lao
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 40 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: September 27, 2011
  • Originally Released: 1964
  • Label: Warner Archive Collection (MOD)
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)

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Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1963 - Honorary Awards

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 6


User Ratings: 3,751
Rating: 3/5 -- Mildly diverting, but no classic
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Aug 21, 2002
Rating: B- -- A strange, sporadically entertaining fantasy, which won the Honorary Oscar for Makeup: Tony Randall plays seven roles. Full Review
Feb 20, 2013
Rating: 2/4 -- ...each set piece is dropped into the film with a thud. Full Review
Mar 23, 2019
Rating: 5/5 -- Tony Randall's best--a whimsical western
Kansas City Kansan
Oct 23, 2004
Rating: 4/5 -- a delightful, imaginative curio
Kalamazoo Gazette
Nov 10, 2002

Description by OLDIES.com:

An elderly Chinese man routs evil in a Western frontier town by setting up his circus for the townspeople. The various performers affect each of the circus' visitors in a different way, and in the end the unscrupulous citizen who dominates the town repents.

Tony Randall plays eight different characters in the movie, with the help of Academy Award-winning special visual effects and make-up that earned make-up artist William Tuttle a special Honorary Academy Award for his outstanding achievement.

Product Description:

In one of the finest performances of his career, Tony Randall plays the part of a mysterious Chinese doctor named Lao who rides into a small western town with his circus and changes the lives of all who come to see it. Lao assumes many disguises, some so extraordinary that Mr. Randall is completely unrecognizable.

Plot Synopsis:

A mysterious travelling circus, led by the odd Dr. Lao, arrives in a small dusty town. Dr. Lao is endowed with magical powers, and his troupe is populated with such mythical characters as Merlin, Pan, Medusa and even the Abominable Snowman. Together, Lao and his performers use their unique abilities to help the townspeople gain clearer outlooks on who they are -- and in the process change their lives forever.


Production Notes:

  • Color by Metrocolor.
  • Additional cast: Kevin Tate (Mike Benedict); Eddie Little Sky (George E. George); Frank Kreig (Mr. Peter Ramsey); Dale McKennon (Lean Cowboy).
  • Additional credits: Al Shenberg (assistant director).
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