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Garrett Fort (screen play) &
Guy Endore (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
10 July 1936 (USA) See more »
Greater Than "The Unholy Three"
An escaped Devil's Island convict uses miniaturized humans to wreak vengeance on those that framed him. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A Good Story with Special Effects Still Impressive in 2011 See more (58 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lionel Barrymore ... Paul Lavond

Maureen O'Sullivan ... 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)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean Alden ... Apache Dancer (uncredited)
King Baggot ... Detective Pierre (uncredited)
Egon Brecher ... Detective (uncredited)
Robert Du Couedic ... Policeman (uncredited)
Paul Foltz ... Apache Dancer (uncredited)
Christian J. Frank ... Detective (uncredited)

Billy Gilbert ... Matin's Butler (uncredited)
Robert Graves ... Gendarme (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Detective (uncredited)
Mahlon Hamilton ... Detective (uncredited)
Sydney Jarvis ... Gendarme (uncredited)
Edward Keane ... Gendarme (uncredited)
Gus Leonard ... Eiffel Tower Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Wilfred Lucas ... Off-Screen Voice (voice) (uncredited)
Eily Malyon ... Laundry Proprietress (uncredited)

Frank Reicher ... Doctor (uncredited)
Evelyn Selbie ... Flower Woman (uncredited)
Nick Thompson ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)

Directed by
Tod Browning (uncredited)
Writing credits
Garrett Fort (screen play) &
Guy Endore (screen play) and
Erich von Stroheim (screen play) (as Eric Von Stroheim)

Tod Browning (story)

Abraham Merritt (novel "Burn Witch Burn")

Richard Schayer  contributor to dialogue (uncredited)

Produced by
Tod Browning .... producer (uncredited)
E.J. Mannix .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Franz Waxman (musical score)
Cinematography by
Leonard Smith (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Fredrick Y. Smith (film editor)
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Makeup Department
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Harry Sharrock .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Stan Rogers .... associate art director
Edwin B. Willis .... associate art director
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
James Brock .... production sound mixer (uncredited)
T.B. Hoffman .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Standish J. Lambert .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Ralph A. Pender .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Michael Steinore .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
R.L. Stirling .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Don T. Whitmer .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Willard Vogel .... additional photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dolly Tree .... wardrobe
Music Department
Wayne Allen .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
M.J. McLaughlin .... music mixer (uncredited)
Clifford Vaughan .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Edward Ward .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Paul Foltz .... double: Arthur Hohl (uncredited)
Val Raset .... dance director: apache dance (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
78 min (Turner library print)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | Norway:16 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #2328) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

Did You Know?

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 »
Revealing mistakes: Radin at times does not cast a shadow when he's about to stab Matin in his house.See more »
Marcel:[Marcel and Lavond are escaping from prison] I have work to do. I've dreamt only of my work.
Lavond (as Madame Mandelip):Well, my work is no "dream" - I've been awake for 17 years!
Marcel:But you have only hatred in your heart. My work will help the world to live!
Lavond (as Madame Mandelip):And my work will help three men die.
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Movie Connections:
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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
A Good Story with Special Effects Still Impressive in 2011, 28 January 2011
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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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