Banned in the U.K. for more than 30 years, the 1932 pre-code movie Freaks almost ended director Tod Browning's career and is technically still banned in some areas of the U.S. today. Using real-life sideshow performers, including Johnny Eck, the Man with Half a Body; Prince Randian, the Living Torso; Frances O'Connor the Armless Beauty; Peter Robinson, the Living Skeleton; Daisy and Violet Hilton, the Siamese Twins; Olga Roderick, the Bearded Lady; and Koo-Koo, the Bird Woman; the film caused outrage among MGM studio executives, the cinema-going public, and film critics of the day.
Based on the short story Spurs by Clarence "Tod" Robbins, Freaks tells a tale of greed, betrayal, and the unshakable code of conduct observed by those titular protagonists bound by human affliction. Superbly directed by Browning and featuring a stellar cast including Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, Olga Baclanova, and dwarf siblings Harry and Daisy Earles, Freaks was conveniently lost in the studio's vaults for a number of years due to the horrible reactions it provoked.
This Ultimate Guide to this groundbreaking movie lifts the lid on how it was made, what life on the set was like for its diverse cast and crew, and what effect it had on the movie-going world of 1932. Packed with pin-sharp rare stills, lobby cards, and posters, and a wealth of information on the individuals that brought Freaks to the screen as well as what went on behind the scenes, this stunning, full-color magazine guide will tell you all you want to know about this legendary production.
Stripey Media 2019. 36 pages. Gloss laminated cover.