7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964)

USA, 1963
35mm film, Metrocolor, 1.85:1
mono (Westrex Recording System), English

An American fantasy film directed by George Pal.

Plot Summary

Dr Lao, an elderly Chinese man arrives in the Old West town of Abalone, Arizona with his magical travelling circus and has a transformative effect on the townspeople.


Directed by: George Pal
© MCMLXIII [1963] by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., Galaxy Productions, Inc. and Starus, Inc.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer presents a George Pal production. Presented by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Screen Play by: Charles Beaumont
Based on the novel The Circus of Dr. Lao by: Charles G. Finney
Director of Photography: Robert Bronner
Film Editor: George Tomasini
Music by: Leigh Harline
Recording Supervisor: Fraklin Milton
Hair Styles by: Sydney Guilaroff
Special Make-up Created by: William Tuttle
Special Visual Effects: Paul B. Byrd, Wah Chang, Jom Danforth, Ralph Rodine, Robert R. Hoag
Art Direction: George W. Davis, Gabriel Scognamillo
Advisor of Magic: George L. Boston

Tony Randall (Dr Lao, Pan, The Abominable Snowman, Merlin the magician, Apollonius of Tyana, the giant serpent, Medusa)
Barbara Eden [Angela Benedict]
Arthur O’Connell [Clint Stark]
John Ericson [Ed Cunningham/transformed Pan]
Noah Beery Jr [Tim Mitchell]
Minerva Urecal [Kate Lindquist]
Frank Kreig [Peter Ramsey]
Eddie Little Sky [George C. George]
Lee Patrick [Mrs Howard Cassin]
John Qualen [Luther Lindquist]
Peggy Rea [Mrs Peter Ramsey]
Royal Dano [Carey]
John Doucette [Lucas]
Frank Cady [Mayor James Sargent]
Argentina Brunetti [Sarah Benedict]
Dal McKennon [lean cowboy]
Chubby Johnson [fat cowboy]
Douglas Fowley [toothless cowboy]
Kevin Tate [Mike Benedict]

Alternative Titles

7 лиц доктора Лао – Russian title
The Circus of Dr. Lao – working title
Le cirque du docteur Lao – French title
Le 7 facce del Dr. Lao – Italian title
As 7 Faces do Dr. Lao – Brazilian, Portuguese title
De 7 gezichten van Dr. Lao – Flemish Belgian title
Les 7 visages du Dr. Lao – French Belgian title
Cele şapte feţe ale Doctorului Lao – Romanian title
Dr. Lao hét arca – Hungarian title
O Misterioso Dr. Lao – Portuguese title
Der mysteriöse Dr. Lao – German title
The Secret World of Dr. Lao
As Sete Caras do Dr. Lao – Brazilian title
Siedem wcielen doktora Lao – Polish title
Las siete caras del Dr. Lao – Argentine, Mexican, Spanish, Venezuelan title
ラオ博士の7つの顔 – Japanese title

Includes extracts from
Atlantis the Lost Continent (1960)
The Time Machine (1960)

Extracts included in
100 Years of Horror: Sorcerers (1996)
The 54th Annual Academy Awards (1982)
Fantastic Fantasy Fright-o-Rama Show Vol. 1 (1996)
The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal (1985)
Hail to the King: A King named Kong (2014)
MGM Is on the Move! (1964)

See also
The Seven Seductions (1981)



  • The Daily Cinema no.9125 (6 October 1965) p.9
  • The Film Daily vol.124 no.44 (5 March 1964) p.6
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.179 no.2 (March 1964) p.3
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.32 no.382 (November 1965) p.169
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.231 no.6 (18 March 1964) p.10
  • Variety 11 March 1964 p.6


  • The 100 Best Movies You’ve Never Seen by Richard Crouse p.194-197 – credits, review
  • Feature films, 1960-1969: A Filmography of English-language and Major Foreign-language United States Releases by Harris M. Lentz III p.409-410 – credits
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films: A Checklist by Donald C. Willis p.424 – credits
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.428 – credits
  • The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Fantasy by David Pringle (general ed.) p.66 – credits, review