Tod Browning, also the director of Dracula and Mark of the Vampire, was a very good film maker. Freaks was one of those movies that you never forgot once you have seen it. I think the story is so well told and the characters are so well developed that it is impossible not to feel something for this movie.
Listen to them! Children of the night! What music they make!
Just finished watching this for the first time today... yeah, I know. I should be ashamed of myself. Anyway... great film. It had a solid story. Quite a few memorable lines in this movie... and that ending. Just plain creepy.
the "freaks" weren't allowed to eat with the the cast and crew and were forced outside.
Then screw the disingenuous cherry-picking intro TCM had for this. They portrayed it as the first film where disabled people were portrayed with some sense of normalcy and respect. They forgot to mention that behind the scenes bit.
A prohibitionist is the sort of man one couldn't care to drink with, even if he drank.
H. L. Mencken