A circus trapeze artist, Cleopatra, takes an interest in Hans, a midget who works in the circus sideshow. Her interest however is in the money Hans will be inheriting and she is actually carrying on an affair with another circus performer, Hercules. Hans’s fiancée does her best to convince him that he is being used but to no avail. At their wedding party, a drunken Cleopatra tells the sideshow freaks just what she thinks of them. Together, the freaks decide to make her one of their own.
(Plot summary by garykmcd)
Director: Tod Browning
Writer: Clarence Aaron 'Tod' Robbins (suggested by story: "Spurs"), Willis Goldbeck (screenplay), Leon Gordon (screenplay)
Editor: Basil Wrangell
90to5 Editor: Kerryn Assaizky
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The original cut of Tod Browning’s Freaks was lost when the studio deemed it too horrific for cinema going audiences to be subjected to. What a pity… 83 years later you can get a glimpse at the film that ruined its Director’s career.
This 5 minute cut features music from Akasa 455 – Thermal Compound (with permission).