Seven Faces of Dr. Lao, directed by George Pal

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Re: Seven Faces of Dr. Lao, directed by George Pal

Postby admin » Fri Jan 07, 2022 6:35 pm

Part 10 of 14

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[Dr. Lao] Welcome, ladies and gentlemen! Welcome to the final showing of the Circus of Dr. Lao. Tonight we present to you what they call in the language of France the piece de resistance.

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In the words of Philosopher Mencius, "You ain't seen nothing yet!"

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[Lean Cowboy] You can say that again, doc!

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[Ed Cunningham] I'm sorry.

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[Angela Benedict] Hello.

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[Ed Cunningham] You remind me of someone.

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[Angela Benedict] Oh?

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[Ed Cunningham] A woman I know. Her name's Angela Benedict. Same height. Same weight. Same general features. Ever meet her?

[Angela Benedict] No, but I've heard of her.

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She's supposed to be a most unpleasant person.

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[Ed Cunningham] Oh, no.

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Now, whoever told you that? It's a lie. Angela is ... well, you see, Angela has got a problem.

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[Angela Benedict] What kind of a problem?

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[Ed Cunningham] The worst kind, same as mine. Loneliness.

[Angela Benedict] Oh.

[Ed Cunningham] It's the worst thing to happen to a person. You see, people think that Angela's hard. People think she's cold. But she isn't hard and she isn't cold. She's soft and warm. She's afraid to let anyone know.

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[Angela Benedict] Well, that sounds very odd to me.

[Ed Cunningham] No, it isn't odd at all.

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I'm trying to tell you, loneliness can do that.

[Angela Benedict] Then, of course, it isn't any of my business, ...

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but why don't you and this person become friends? I mean, if --- if you're both lonely ...

[Ed Cunningham] She doesn't like me.

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And it doesn't make any difference now. The town we live in will be deserted in a few weeks.

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[Angela Benedict] They haven't decided yet?

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[Ed Cunningham] Just pretend they haven't. I'm pleased to meet you, Miss --

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[Angela Benedict] Call me Angela.

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[Ed Cunningham] Angela. Beautiful name.

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[Apollonius of Tyana] You were born with a great love for humanity, Clinton Stark,

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but this love soon turned to bitterness and contempt. Why? It's because in all your years,

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you've never been able to understand that perfection exists only as an ideal.

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[Clint Stark] Who's interested in ideals? Get the money. That's what counts.

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Hold it out to the people. They'll grab at it.

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That's the truth. There's nothing in between.

[Apollonius of Tyana] Oh, but there is. Life is sharing.

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You began with an extreme notion of man's good, his strength and his nobility. You ended with another extreme, equally false.

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The notion of man's evil, his weakness and his ignobility. Now you are involved in proving that point.

[Clint Stark] I'm proving it pretty well, I'd say.

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[Apollonius of Tyana] If you believed that, you wouldn't need to reassure yourself every day. Look at you now, gloating over a victory which is a defeat. A defeat for all the ideals you once held sacred.

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[Clint Stark] They'll vote to sell.

[Apollonius of Tyana] What have you shown but your own greed, your own sick hunger for self-destruction?

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If they sell their town to you, you'll realize an extensive profit, because you alone know a railroad's planned for this area within the year.

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[Clint Stark] How'd you find out?

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[Apollonius of Tyana] I am Apollonius of Tyana.

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[Clint Stark] Did you tell anyone?

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[Apollonius of Tyana] That would have the effect of altering the future.

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Five cents, please.

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[Clint Stark] Am I going to win?

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[Apollonius of Tyana] Yes.

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[Angela Benedict] I can't figure out how he managed to get so much into this tent. It seems to be bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.

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[Ed Cunningham] Dr. Lao is a remarkable man.

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[Dr. Lao] Peanuts.

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[Lean Cowboy] Hey! How soon's the show gonna start?

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[Dr. Lao] Almost instanter.

[Fat Cowboy] How much is peanuts?

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[Dr. Lao] One penny.

[Fat Cowboy] I'll take a bag.

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[Dr. Lao] Out of a nickel. Pass that up, please.

[Man] How much is the popcorn?

[Dr. Lao] What's that?

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[Man] How much is the popcorn?

[Dr. Lao] Popcorn's free.

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[Man] Right here!

[Dr. Lao] And now, on with the show!

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[Toothless Cowboy] Ride him, sonny, ride him!

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Ride him, sonny.

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[Mrs. Howard Cassin] For me?

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Oh, thank you. Nice man.

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A real gentleman.

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[Man] He's blind.

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He can't see. He can't see.

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Re: Seven Faces of Dr. Lao, directed by George Pal

Postby admin » Sat Jan 08, 2022 1:01 am

Part 11 of 14

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[Dr. Lao] Ladies and gentlemen, ...

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the spectacle you've been waiting for:

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The Fall of the City.

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I almost forgot. Excuse very much. Excuse.

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I almost forgot.

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My pet.

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The Loch Ness monster. Excuse.

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Excuse very much. Excuse, please.

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Excuse.

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The Fall of the City. The city's name was Woldercan. It existed beyond the edge of the world some years before the beginning of history. There are no records of Woldercan. No artifacts. No descendants of its people.

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In fact, there is no proof that there was such a place. Yet it was as real as pain.

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Citizens of Abalone, I give you ...

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Woldercan:

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It was a small city. A humble city. Its people had little in the way of worldly goods. And this little made for themselves by themselves, ...

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or euchred from the stubborn soil, ...

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or plucked from the cold and capricious heart of the sea.

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Yet the Woldercanese were content, for in the goods of the spirit they were rich. For them, it was enough to partake of creation, ...

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and to give thanks unto their God.

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Enough, and more.

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Then one day, a stranger appeared in Woldercan. And he said to the people:

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"Not enough!

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You are poor when you could be rich.

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You eat of humble fare when you could feast.

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You scratch at the ground, and the ground mocks you.

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You pray to your God ...

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and He laughs at you.

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Fools. Be gone from this blighted place.

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Fools."

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And suddenly people were not content.

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They listened to the stranger, ...

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and sold their souls for pieces of silver.

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Then a fearful thing happened.

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The God of All Life looked down upon the people of Woldercan ...

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and was displeased. And he said: "Treasures I had given thee beyond compare, ...

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yet thou didst spurn them, ...

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and for a handful of silver sold thy souls."

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And because He had been angered, God pointed His finger ...

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and visited upon the city of Woldercan ...

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the greatest plague of all:

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Oblivion.

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Re: Seven Faces of Dr. Lao, directed by George Pal

Postby admin » Sat Jan 08, 2022 1:15 am

Part 12 of 14

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[Mayor] The time has come ...

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when we must decide whether to accept ...

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Mr. Stark's terms.

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But before the final vote is taken, ...

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I'd like to say, ...

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well, I'd simply like to say:

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"Let your conscience be your guide."

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Would a show of hands be satisfactory, Mr. Stark?

[Clint Stark] Yes.

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[Mayor] All right then.

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All those in favor of accepting Mr. Stark's proposal,...

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raise your hands.

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I said, "Those in favor of accepting Mr. Stark's proposal."

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Those against?

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[Clint Stark] Citizens of Abalone, I've lost.

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I want you to know it's the kind of loss ...

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I've wished for, a long time.

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So I guess I've really won. I think you ought to know ...

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the railroad's coming through Abalone, ...

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which means money for you.

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But you've gained something more than money, my friends. So have I. How it happened I don't exactly know, but somehow ...

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I think we all owe a debt of gratitude to an old Chinese faker named Lao.

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[Man] Dust storm!

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[Tim Mitchell] Well, good night.

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[Ed Cunningham] Good night, Tim.

[Angela Benedict] Good night.

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[Ed Cunningham] Isn't it a beautiful night?

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[Angela Benedict] Oh, yes, it's beautiful.

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[Ed Cunningham] It's getting worse!

[Angela Benedict] You'd better stay a while, Ed.

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[Ed Cunningham] How do you feel?

[Angela Benedict] Wonderful. I woke up and found out something.

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[Ed Cunningham] Care to tell me?

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[Angela Benedict] Just that there's music in the air, and that I'm a liar and worse.

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I'm in love.

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Re: Seven Faces of Dr. Lao, directed by George Pal

Postby admin » Sat Jan 08, 2022 11:18 pm

Part 13 of 14

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[Carey] And I say he's a hypnotist.

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[Lucas] Who?

[Carey] That old Chinese faker. The way I figure it, he's got everybody hypnotized.

[Lucas] Dirty foreigner.

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[Carey] Harry, some more redeye, and fast!

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[Lucas] What do you suppose happened to the boss?

[Carey] He turned yellow, that's what.

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And I'm through with him. You hear me? Through!

[Lucas] Carey, you know, you know, I think we ought to pay that little baldy a visit.

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[Carey] Yeah. Shake him up a little. You'll see how fast them people come to their senses. We'll show them who's boss.

[Lucas] What about the storm?

[Carey] Well, who's afraid of an itty-bitty storm?

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[Lucas] Carey, how come the tent don't blow down?

[Carey] He's got it hypnotized too. He's got everything hypnotized except us. Let's go.

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Hey, Baldy. Where are you?

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Come on out, you old Chinese faker!

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[Lucas] Hey, Carey! Have a look.

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[Carey] Ruin it. Ruin it.

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[Lucas] Hey, Carey!

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Look here. The fish. Come here.

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Carey, finish him off!

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[Mike Benedict] Dr. Lao, ...

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open up, Dr. Lao! Hurry! Dr. Lao! Please open up!

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Dr. Lao! Please hurry!

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It's Mr. Stark's men!

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They're wrecking your circus!

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They let your pet out.

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[Dr. Lao] Loch Ness monster out of tank? Hey, look. Wait.

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Okay, Mike. Oh, my pipe. My pipe.

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[Mike Benedict] Over there!

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[Carey] Lucas, don't stand there! Help me!

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Oh, please.

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[Mike Benedict] Be careful!

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Dr. Lao!

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[Lucas] Please! Please!

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[7 Faces of Dr. Lao] Out. Get out. Get out.

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Go. Get out. Out.

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Re: Seven Faces of Dr. Lao, directed by George Pal

Postby admin » Sun Jan 09, 2022 2:43 am

Part 14 of 14

[Mike Benedict] Dr. Lao!

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Dr. Lao, look out! He's gonna eat you!

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[Dr. Lao] My pipe. My pipe!

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[Mike Benedict] Dr. Lao! Dr. Lao, are you all right?

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[Dr. Lao] I guess so.

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My glasses.

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My glasses.

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My glasses!

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Here my glasses.

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My pet.

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Oh, I got him. Oh, I got him.

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I got him. I got him. Okay.

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That's show biz. Come on, Mike.

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[Tim Mitchell] Look, the circus is gone.

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[Angela Benedict] Mike, I want you to tell the truth.

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[Mike Benedict] Honest, Mom. I saw it with my own eyes. It was bigger than a building.

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It chased them out of town. It was gonna eat up Dr. Lao. But I lit the machine and it exploded, and then it began to rain and --

[Clint Stark] This belongs to Lucas. I recognize it.

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[Mike Benedict] You see. Now you believe me, don't you?

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[Mayor] I believe something mighty fishy's been going on the past couple days.

The fish was an important symbol both in the cult of Atargatis, whose discreditable priests Lucius will later encounter (8.24 and note), and for the early Christians (see OCD s.v. fish, sacred), and there is evidence for an Isiac ritual intended to avert inimical influences which involved trampling fish underfoot (Schlam, ibid.).

-- The Golden Ass, or Metamorphoses, by Apuleius, translated by E. J. Kenney, © 1998 by E. J. Kenney


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[Mike Benedict] There they are.

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[Angela Benedict] Michael! Mike, come back here!

[Ed Cunningham] Mike, come back here!

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[Mike Benedict] Dr. Lao, Dr. Lao! Wait for me!

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[Angela Benedict] Mike! Michael! Come back!

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[Mike Benedict] Wait for me, Dr. Lao. Wait for me.

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[Angela Benedict] Come back, Mike.

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[Mike Benedict] Wait for me, Dr. Lao!

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[Angela Benedict] I wonder where he came from.

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[Ed Cunningham] Or where he's going.

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[Clint Stark] Or if he was ever here at all.

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[Mike Benedict] I can do it. You see, Dr. Lao, I can do it. Look, Dr. Lao. Watch me.

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I can do it!

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[Dr. Lao] Mike, the whole world is a circus if you look at it the right way. Every time you pick up a handful of dust ...

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and see not the dust but a mystery, a marvel, there in your hand. Every time you stop and think: "I'm alive, and being alive is fantastic."

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Every time such a thing happens, Mike, you are ...

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a part of the Circus of Doctor Lao.

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THE END.
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