Paul Lavond was a respected banker in Paris when he was framed for robbery and murder by crooked associates and sent to Devil's Island. Years later, he escapes with a friend, a scientist who was working on a method to reduce humans to a height of mere inches (all for the good of humanity, of course). Lavond however is consumed with hatred for the men who betrayed him, and takes the scientist's methods back to Paris to exact painful revenge. Written by
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Francis McDonald (Detective) and Inez Palange (Concierge) are in studio records/casting call lists as cast members for their roles, but they did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. See more »
When Lachna is on Coulvet's bed to stab him, she does not cast a shadow on the bed's blanket, nor does she put any indentions in the blanket when walking on it. See more »
Lavond (as Madame Mandelip):
[Examining Madame Coulvet's expensive necklace up close]
Forgive me, madame, but I do love the beautiful. You can tell that from my workmanship.
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For those who remember the word "camp," that description would apply to this film and especially the character played by lead actor Lionel Barrymore.
He makes this movie really fun to watch, adding humor to the "horror" story, dressing up and talking like an old woman en route to satisfying his revenge. The story has no credibility - absolutely none - but the movie is so likable that it's still satisfying and always entertaining. I wish this would be put out on DVD.
Another big plus for this movie is the fact it isn't that dated for being so old. The special effects, for its day, are quite good. The combination of humor and horror works, almost 70 years after it was released! Tod Browning, who did some weird movies such as "Freaks," directed this one, if that helps make you want to check this out.
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