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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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Lorraine Lavond
Frank Lawton ...
Toto
Rafaela Ottiano ...
Malita
Robert Greig ...
Emil Coulvet
Lucy Beaumont ...
Mme. Lavond
Henry B. Walthall ...
Marcel
Grace Ford ...
Lachna
Pedro de Cordoba ...
Charles Matin
Arthur Hohl ...
Victor Radin
Juanita Quigley ...
Marguerite Coulvet
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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Sci-Fi | Horror

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Release Date:

10 July 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Witch of Timbuctoo  »

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Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »

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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 »

Quotes

Marcel: [Referring to Lachna, the servant girl] Malita, where did you get her?
Malita: In a Berlin slum. She's an in-bred peasant half-wit. But I wanted no prying wits about me.
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from the ballet "Le Papillon"
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Send In the Elves
6 December 2002 | by (brighton, ma) – See all my reviews

Director Tod Browning just wasn't drawn to normal people. His movies are often set in circuses and carnivals, or else involve criminals who take on weird or grotesque disguises. Deception of one kind or another is a common theme in his films. Some find his movies to be profound commentaries on the human condition; others see them as just weird. I see Browning as a unique film artist. As to the extent of his genius, it's hard for me to gauge. There's no one else quite like him. Whenever I'm watching a Browning picture I'm inevitably more thrilled by the ideas behind it than I am by the film itself. The Devil Doll concerns a man framed for a crime he didn't commit who is sent to Devil's Island, where he learns the black art of shrinking people to the size of mice from an inventor. He escapes from the island and returns to Paris, where he proceeds to extract his revenge on those who sent him away.

There's a lot of plot in this one, far more than I just outlined, and the movie has on occasion a Victorian-Dickensian feeling, aided in no small measure by the casting of Maureen O'Sullivan and Frank Lawton, who had just appeared in the movie of David Copperfield, as the romantic leads. Lionel Barrymore is the star, and still quite capable of getting around, and delivers a fine performance, alternately sympathetic and diabolical. This is not a fast-paced or exciting movie by today's standards, but it has its virtues, most of them pictorial. The special effects are superb, and the elf-people uncannily persuasive.


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