This is a collection of media from the initial runs of "7 Faces of Dr. Lao" (1964) in the Pacific Northwest. 

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7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964)
“7 Faces of Dr. Lao” is a captivating 1964 film that combines elements of Western, fantasy, and comedy. Directed by George Pal, the movie stars Tony Randall in the titular role, bringing to life a magical circus that arrives in the small town of Abalone, Arizona. The story unfolds as Dr. Lao, riding a golden donkey, places an advertisement for his circus in the local newspaper, catching the attention of the townspeople.

Abalone is a town on the brink of change, with wealthy rancher Clinton Stark scheming to buy the land cheaply before a railroad’s arrival boosts its value. The townsfolk, including the earnest newspaperman Edward Cunningham and the widowed librarian Angela Benedict, are unaware of Stark’s ulterior motives. As they grapple with the decision to sell their land, Dr. Lao’s circus opens, offering a mirror to their lives through its mystical acts.

Dr. Lao, with his seven faces, imparts wisdom and challenges the residents to reflect on their choices. From the joyful Pan to the wise Merlin, each character he embodies reveals a different facet of life’s circus. The film culminates in a transformative experience for the people of Abalone, who find themselves reconsidering their values and the future of their community.

This enchanting tale, adapted from Charles G. Finney’s novel “The Circus of Dr. Lao,” is a whimsical exploration of human nature and the power of self-discovery. It’s a cinematic journey that delights with its magical realism and leaves viewers pondering the true magic of life.
Director: George Pal
Writers: Charles Beaumont, Charles G. Finney, Ben Hecht
Stars: Tony Randall, Barbara Eden, Arthur O'Connell
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March 24, 1964 ad (Portland)

March 21, 1964 photo (Portland)

March 22, 1964 photo (Portland)

March 25, 1964 ad (Portland)

March 28, 1964 photo (Seattle)

April 2, 1964 ad (Seattle)

April 3, 1964 ad (Seattle)

April 4, 1964 ad (Seattle)

April 6, 1964 photo (Seattle)

7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964) poster

7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964) trailer
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