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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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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
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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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Sci-Fi | Horror

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Release Date:

10 July 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Witch of Timbuctoo  »

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(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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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 »

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Marcel: [Explaining why he thinks shrinking people and animals is a good idea] Lavond, my friend, millions of years ago the creatures that roamed this world were gigantic. As they multiplied, the earth could no longer produce enough food. Think of it, Lavond: every living creature reduced to one-sixth its size. One-sixth of its physical need. Food for six times all of us!
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Valse des rayons
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A Good Story with Special Effects Still Impressive in 2011
28 January 2011 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

After seventeen years in prison, the former respected Parisian banker Paul Lavond (Lionel Barrymore) flees with his friend, the lunatic scientist Marcel (Henry B. Walthall) that is researching with his wife Malita (Rafaela Ottiano) the miniaturization of animals and human beings to improve the resources of mankind. Paul Lavond was framed for robbery by his scoundrel associates Emil Coulvet (Robert Greig), Charles Matin (Pedro de Cordoba) and Victor Radin (Arthur Hohl) that had stolen his business while his family was doomed to shame, poverty and tragedy. When Marcel reduces the retarded servant Lachna (Grace Ford), he learns that the woman is motionless and only responds to the control of his brain and has a heart attack. After the death of Marcel, Paul Lavond sees the chance to use the miniaturization process as instrument of vengeance and he travels to Paris with the insane Malita disguised of Madame Mandilip, a nice old lady and owner of a dolls store. Paul Lavond, using the identity of Madame Mandilip, befriends his resented and estranged daughter Lorraine Lavond (Maureen O'Sullivan) and plots a scheme to revenge and vindicate his family name.

"The Devil Doll" is an entertaining film by Tod Browning with a good story and special effects still impressive in 2011. The cast has great performances but Lionel Barrymore is excellent in his double role, and convincing as an old woman. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "A Boneca do Diabo" ("The Devil Doll")


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