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Circus of Horrors (1960)

Approved | | Horror, Drama | April 1960 (UK)
In 1947 England, a plastic surgeon must beat a hasty retreat to France when one of his patients has ghastly problems with her surgery. Once there, he operates on a circus owner's daughter, ... See full summary »

Director:

Sidney Hayers

Writer:

George Baxt (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anton Diffring ... Dr. Schuler
Erika Remberg ... Elissa Caro
Yvonne Monlaur ... Nicole Vanet
Donald Pleasence ... Vanet
Jane Hylton ... Angela
Kenneth Griffith Kenneth Griffith ... Martin
Conrad Phillips ... Insp. Arthur Ames
Jack Gwillim ... Supt. Andrews
Vanda Hudson Vanda Hudson ... Magda von Meck
Yvonne Romain ... Melina
Colette Wilde Colette Wilde ... Evelyn Morley Finsbury
William Mervyn William Mervyn ... Doctor Morley
John Merivale John Merivale ... Edward Finsbury
Peter Swanwick Peter Swanwick ... German Police Inspector Knopf
Carla Challoner Carla Challoner ... Nicole Vanet - Child
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Storyline

In 1947 England, a plastic surgeon must beat a hasty retreat to France when one of his patients has ghastly problems with her surgery. Once there, he operates on a circus owner's daughter, deformed by bombs from the war. Later he becomes the owner of the circus, and continues transforming disfigured women into the beautiful stars of his show. The police and a nosy reporter (as well as Scotland Yard) become interested when the women who want out of the circus begin dying in freak accidents, and they begin suspecting the good doctor is responsible. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Genres:

Horror | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1960 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Circus of Horrors See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lynx Films Ltd. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Tony Hatch originally wrote the theme song for Follow a Star (1959), but it wasn't used. Hatch changed the title to "Look For A Star." See more »

Goofs

[All goofs for this title are spoilers.] See more »

Quotes

Evelyn Morley Finsbury: [looking at her horribly disfigured face after Rossiter's bungled plastic surgery, she screams and laughs hysterically] Rossiter! aagh Rossiter hahaha R-o-s-s-i-t-e-r!
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Alternate Versions

A shot of the thrown knife hitting Magda in the neck was filmed but cut by the distributors in post-production upon BBFC request. Despite the film's brutal theme the only UK censor cuts to the finished print was the removal of visible topless female nudity during two of the sideshow scenes. This footage has never resurfaced in any print of the film and may no longer exist. See more »

Connections

Edited into Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

The Liberty Bell
(uncredited)
Music by John Philip Sousa
Arranged by Muir Mathieson
Played during the opening credits and at the beginning of the Berlin sequence
Also played at the end of the knife-throwing act
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Madman, mayhem, and music
9 October 2004 | by maxfabienSee all my reviews

Anton Diffring plays the definitive psycho-narcissist, using all those around him as pawns for his personal pleasures and goals. I saw this film on it's initial theatrical release in 1960. (As a young boy of 10,I recall,I was pleasantly shocked at seeing the scantily clad female circus performers!) And I now own the film on laserdisc. The suspense still holds up well, and though the violence is not as explicit as you find in today's horror films, it is still on the gruesome side. Call me sentimental, but I like the theme song that is sung during the performance of the circus's female headliner ("Look for a Star"). It is typical early 60's love song ala Frankie Avalon, but it is a pretty song inserted within all the gruesome murder and violence around it. Very effective if you think about it. My rating: 8 out of 10 stars.


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