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The Devil-Doll (1936)

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




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Airs Sat. Oct. 29, 6:00 AM on TCM

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Complete credited cast:
Lorraine Lavond
Robert Greig ...
Emil Coulvet
Lucy Beaumont ...
Mme. Lavond
Grace Ford ...
Charles Matin
Arthur Hohl ...
Victor Radin
Marguerite Coulvet
Mme. Coulvet (as Claire du Brey)
Rollo Lloyd ...
E. Alyn Warren ...
Commissioner (as E Allyn Warren)


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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Greater Than "The Unholy Three"


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Release Date:

10 July 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Witch of Timbuctoo  »

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Technical Specs


(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film had its first television showing in Los Angeles Friday 14 December 1956 on KTTV (Channel 2), followed by New York City Monday 28 January 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2), and Philadelphia Tuesday 2 April 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6); in San Francisco it was first telecast 13 January 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »


Radin at times does not cast a shadow when he's about to stab Matin in his house. See more »


Charles Matin: There'a a certain amusing irony in offering a man's own money for his capture. Fifty thousand francs? Why not?
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References The Unholy Three (1925) See more »


Valse des rayons
from the ballet "Le Papillon"
Music by Jacques Offenbach
Played on a music box
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Barrymore & Browning Provide 'Camp"
11 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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