Freaks Overview:

Freaks (1932) was a Horror - Black-and-white Film directed by Tod Browning and produced by Irving Thalberg, Tod Browning, Dwain Esper, Harry Rapf and Hildegarde Stadie.

Freaks was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1994.

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Legends of Tomorrow (2016) s05e12 – Freaks and Greeks

on May 13, 2020 From The Stop Button

And, now, in the ?they all can?t be winners? category, we have Freaks and Greeks, which sends the Legends to Hudson University to steal a chalice from a frat. It?s not a frat in 1979. It?s a frat in 2020, run by special guest star Drew Ray Tanner; he?s Greek party god Dionysus, who?s finally found ... Read full article


Freaks (1932): Horror?

By Carol Martinheira on Oct 30, 2018 From The Old Hollywood Garden

Freaks (1932): Horror? On October 30, 2018October 30, 2018 By CarolIn Uncategorized I mean, sure, the final moments are some of the scariest and most macabre in film history, but Freaks (1932) far transcends the horror genre. In fact, it has been widely described as a ... Read full article


Monstros / Freaks (1932)

By L? on Jul 9, 2016 From Critica Retro

Monstros / Freaks (1932) O ano era 2009, e eu era uma rec?m-chegada no mundo do cinema. Tinha 16 anos e era f?cil de impressionar. N?o sei por que abri uma lista com o t?tulo “os 10 filmes mais impressionantes da hist?ria”. L?, na 10? posi??o, uma imagem j? me assustou: o Homem-To... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: FREAKS (1932)

By Jennifer Garlen on Oct 31, 2014 From Virtual Virago

Tod Browning made a lasting mark on the horror genre with Dracula (1931), but Freaks (1932) is by far the stranger and more inventive of the two films. The director had explored the circus before with Lon Chaney silents like The Unholy Three (1925) and The Unknown (1927), as well The Show (1927) wit... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: FREAKS (1932)

By Jennifer Garlen on Oct 31, 2014 From Virtual Virago

Tod Browning made a lasting mark on the horror genre with Dracula (1931), but Freaks (1932) is by far the stranger and more inventive of the two films. The director had explored the circus before with Lon Chaney silents like The Unholy Three (1925) and The Unknown (1927), as well The Show (1927) wit... Read full article


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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.


Roscoe: I'm not going to have my wife laying in bed half the day with one of your hangovers.


[referring to a "half-man/half-woman" who has given Hercules an alluring look]
Roscoe: I think she likes you - but he don't.


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The film was rejected for UK cinema showing in 1932 and again in 1952. It was finally passed for cinema with an uncut X rating in May 1963, making it one of the longest bans in UK film history.
The original casting had Victor McLaglen as Hercules, Myrna Loy as Cleopatra, and Jean Harlow as Venus. All balked at the prospect of co-starring with "sideshow exhibitions".
According to the screenplay, the scene in which Madame Tetrallini introduces the wandering land-owner to the performers frolicking in the woods ran quite a bit longer. It included additional dialog that endeavored to humanize the so-called freaks. She tells him they are "always in hot, stuffy tents - strange eyes always staring at them - never allowed to forget what they are." Duval responds sympathetically (clearly the stand-in for the viewing audience), "When I go to the circus again, Madame, I'll remember," to which she adds, "I know, M'sieu - you will remember seeing them playing - playing like children... Among all the thousands who come to stare - to laugh - to shudder - you will be one who understands."
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Released 1932
Inducted 1994
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