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Theater poster
Directed byTod Browning
Produced byTod Browning
Written byTod Robbins
StarringWallace Ford
Leila Hyams
Olga Baclanova
Roscoe Ates
CinematographyMerritt B. Gerstad
Edited byBasil Wrangell
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
February 20, 1932
Running time
Original cut
90 min.
Released cut
64 min.
CountryUnited States
Budget$310,607 (estimated)

Freaks is a 1932 MGM horror movie about circus sideshow performers. It was directed and produced by Tod Browning. The cast is mostly actual traveling carnival performers. The movie was based on Tod Robbins' 1923 story "Spurs". Director Browning cast real people with deformities as the sideshow "freaks," rather than using costumes and makeup.[1][2] The movie was not popular. In 1994, Freaks was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

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  1. "Freaks". The New York Times. 1932.
  2. Mark Chalon Smith (1995-10-30). "Grotesquerie Is Merely a Sideshow in 'Freaks'". The Los Angeles Times.

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