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In a side-show circus, where the greatest attractions are deformed people, the gorgeous trapeze artist Cleopatra is the lover of the strong Hercules. She plays as if she liked the German midget Hans, who is in love with her, to borrow his money and get expensive gifts he gives to her. When the jealous German midget Frieda, who loves Hans, asks Cleopatra to spare Hans from a great deception, she accidentally discloses that he is an heir of a great fortune. Cleo decides to get married with Hans to poison him and get his inheritance. In the wedding feast, Cleopatra openly flirts with Hercules and mocks the side-show performers. When a very ill Hans is saved by a doctor that tells that he has been cruelly poisoned, the other freaks snoops in Hans trailer and they find what Cleopatra is doing with him. In a stormy night, all the freaks join forces and transform Cleopatra in the Feathered Hen. Although not shown in the DVD, which has the commercial alternative version, in the original story Hercules is castrated and becomes a soprano singer.
Can a full grown woman truly love a MIDGET ?
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Release Date: February 20, 1932
Runtime: 64 mins
All Genres: Horror, Thriller
Languages: English, German, French
Colors: Black and White
IMDB Rating: 7.9
Buried.com Rating: 8.9 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With F
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Wallace Ford ...Phroso
Leila Hyams ...Venus
Olga Baclanova ...Cleopatra
Roscoe Ates ...Roscoe (as Rosco Ates)
Henry Victor ...Hercules
Harry Earles ...Hans
Daisy Earles ...Frieda
Rose Dione ...Madame Tetrallini
Daisy Hilton ...Siamese Twin
Violet Hilton ...Siamese Twin
Josephine Joseph ...Half Woman-Half Man
Johnny Eck ...Half Boy
Frances O'Connor ...Armless Girl
Peter Robinson ...Human Skeleton
Olga Roderick ...Bearded Lady
Koo Koo ...Herself
Prince Randian ...The Living Torso (as Rardion)
Martha Morris ...Armless Girl
Elvira Snow ...Pinhead (as Zip)
Jenny Lee Snow ...Pinhead (as Pip)
Elizabeth Green ...Bird Girl
Angelo Rossitto ...Angeleno
Edward Brophy ...Rollo Brother
Matt McHugh ...Rollo Brother (as Mat McHugh)
John Aasen ...Giant
Ernie Adams ...Sideshow Patron
Jerry Austin ...Dwarf Throwing Knife on Hercules
Sidney Bracey ...Hans' Butler
Albert Conti ...Landowner
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Clarence Aaron 'Tod' Robbins
Edgar Allan Woolf
More Movie Taglines:
- Can a full grown woman truly love a MIDGET ?
- "We'll Make Her One of Us!" from the gibbering mouths of these weird creatures came this frenzied cry... no wonder she cringed in horror... this beautiful woman who dared toy with the love of one of them!
- The Strangest... The Most Startling Human Story Ever Screened... Are You Afraid To Believe What Your Eyes See?
- The Love Story of a SIREN, a GIANT, and a DWARF!
- [referring to a "half-man/half-woman" who has given Hercules an alluring look] Roscoe: I think she likes you - but he don't.
Freaks: We accept you, one of us! Gooble Gobble!
Hercules: They're going to make you one of them, my peacock!
Roscoe: [whenever he asks only one of the two Siamese twins to stay, and the twins have to leave together] You always use that as a excu-excuse, an alib-b-b-bi.
Frieda: I was saying, tonight you must not smoke such a big cigar. Your voice was very bad at tonight's show. Hans: Please, Frieda, don't tell me what I do. When I want a cigar, I smoke a cigar. I want no orders from a woman.
- The electrical equipment on the set was so badly grounded that crew members were frequently shocked.
The film's original ending showed Hercules singing soprano in Madame Tetralini's new sideshow because he has been castrated by the freaks. After intensely negative reaction by preview audiences, this scene was cut.
Prince Randian, the man with no arms or legs, developed a habit of lurking in dark corners and frightening passers-by with a blood-curdling yell.
During filming, director Tod Browning was plagued with dreams in which Johnny Eck and a pinhead would keep bringing a cow in backward through a doorway in the middle of shoots.
In the UK this film was banned for 30 years after it was first released.
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Rating: 8.9 out of 10.0 - 60 votes cast total