#23 Freaks (1932) Maybe it’s not so bad to be one!

This is just a quick recording of my impressions of the film. I’m not a perfectionist when it comes to podcasting but I keep at it. I have learned the most from forcing myself to record them and putting them out there. I try to keep them relaxed. I’m not 100% there ut one day I hope to sound (and actually be) fully relaxed as I publish a few of these each week, getting better each time as I do it. I hope you enjoy my sarcasm, know it IS there 😉 I’ve included my full review from Riley on Film below which goes a little more detail about “Freaks.” I’m not asking for support in the way folks do on Paterson and PayPal but I do solicit your comments 🙂 They are better than funds! This episode’s running time is 5 mins 30 seconds

This gem was filmed in 1932 and labeled a horror film even with little people from the Wizard of Oz.



“A circus’ beautiful trapeze artist agrees to marry the leader of side-show performers, but his deformed friends discover she is only marrying him for his inheritance.” -IMDB


Wallace Ford Phroso
Leila Hyams Venus
Olga Baclanova Cleopatra
Roscoe Ates (as Rosco Ates) Roscoe

Directed by

Tod Browning

Written by

Clarence Aaron ‘Tod’ Robbins, Willis Goldbeck

Other Info

Drama, Horror
Sat 20 Feb 1932 UTC
IMDB Rating: 7.9

The inclusion of actual freaks from the circus really makes this film special. I doubt they could get away with it these days. From what I understand the film was banned from multitudes of theaters due this sole fact. Despite that, it really isn’t that freakish.

This film has a great story that is developed well though some o the characters are played y non-actors so they are lacking. Even still you truly empathize for the protagonist in his unrequited love and the way the freaks stick together to protect their own is where the horror comes in.

A “small person” falls in love with a regular woman and later his friends find out she is only trying for his inheritance. There is a come uppance.

This film has been compared to 2014’s Tusk probably because of the freaks involved. The ending must be seen for anyone who admires the Kevin Smith film. If nothing else, I would hope there is a borrowing nod going on here. This is an old old oldie and a horror film so not for everyone. If you don’t mind however, I recommend it to you. For what it tried to be at the time given the low tech it had, I give it a perfect score.



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