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The Devil-Doll (1936)

Passed  -  Sci-Fi | Horror  -  10 July 1936 (USA)
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An escaped Devil's Island convict uses miniaturized humans to wreak vengeance on those that framed him.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Lavond
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Lorraine
Frank Lawton ...
Toto
Rafaela Ottiano ...
Malita
Robert Greig ...
Coulvet
Lucy Beaumont ...
Mme. Lavond
Henry B. Walthall ...
Marcel
Grace Ford ...
Lachna
Pedro de Cordoba ...
Matin
Arthur Hohl ...
Radin
Juanita Quigley ...
Marguerite
Claire Du Brey ...
Mme. Coulvet (as Claire du Brey)
Rollo Lloyd ...
Detective
E. Alyn Warren ...
Commissioner (as E Allyn Warren)
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Storyline

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 Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Genres:

Sci-Fi | Horror

Certificate:

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Release Date:

10 July 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Witch of Timbuctoo  »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Madame Mandilip's special dolls are costumed as members of vicious street gangs known as the Apache (pronounced ah-PAHSH), who were involved in theft, prostitution, and the occasional murder in pre-World War I Paris. The dolls even perform the Apache dance popularized by the gangs, in which extremely close steps alternate with seemingly brutal punches, kicks, hair-pulling, spins, and throws; it was usually danced to the Valse des rayons (aka Valse chaloupée) composed by Jacques Offenbach. In the 1930s and 1940s, this dance was still performed by professional dancers and can be seen in several films and even cartoons of the period. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Lorraine Lavond: [referring to the disguised Lavond] Toto, I have the strongest feeling I've seen him somewhere before.
Toto: You have.
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Connections

Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Giants (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Valse des rayons
(uncredited)
from the ballet "Le Papillon"
Music by Jacques Offenbach
Played on a music box
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Genuinely Scary, Though It Veers Into Stella Dallas Territory
30 October 2003 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

This could as easily have been given the name of Browning's previous movie: "Freaks."

Lionel Barrymore demonstrates more range than we're accustomed to, playing an escaped convict and, much of the time, a sweet old lady.

Ottiano is scary as the widow of his jail buddy, who has the patent on making live people into dolls.

The print shown this week on Turner Classics is beautiful but seems to have gaps in its continuity, as if all that survives may be something cut up for commercials in the days when local stations showed old movies.


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