(aka 'Forbidden Love' or 'The Monster Show ' or Nature's Mistakes')

directed by Tod Browning
USA 1932

Tod Browning, who directed Bela Lugosi in the original Dracula, stepped into even eerier territory with this 1932 story of betrayal and retribution in the circus. Evil trapeze artist Olga Baclanova seduces and marries a midget in the circus sideshow, hoping to inherit his wealth. But in doing so, she has crossed the wrong folks: the tightly knit group of nature's aberrations, who stick together like family--and who set out to avenge their little pal. Browning brought in some of the most famous sideshow attractions of the era, include Siamese twins Daisy and Violet Hilton and Johnny Eck the Legless Boy, as well as Zip and Pip, microcephalics whose appearance in this film inspired cartoonist Bill Griffith to create his comic strip, "Zippy the Pinhead." So disturbing that it was banned for 30 years in Great Britain.


Theatrical Release: February 20th, 1932 - USA

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Distribution Warner - Home Video - Region 1- NTSC
Runtime 1:03:02 
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.56 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English (Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono)
Subtitles English, Spanish, French, None

Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect ratio - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Commentary by author David J. Skal
• "Making-of" documentary - "Freaks: The Sideshow Cinema" (1:03:21)
• Special prologue added for reissue (rolling text)
• 3 alternate endings (6:04)

DVD Release Date: August 10, 2004

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This is a stacked disc!... and a good DVD. The image has above average contrast with relative sharpness, but show some damage spots -especially later in the film. I love the visible film grain. Audio (mono) is a little weak and hard to distinguish at times, but the optional subtitles help decipher what is being said. Extras are quite extensive - an informative commentary, an hour long featurette, and some deleted scenes. I like the "Welcome" prologue message for great way to start a showing. Warner has done an excellent job!  out of   

Gary W. Tooze

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