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Writers:
Garrett Fort (screen play) &
Guy Endore (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
10 July 1936 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Greater Than "The Unholy Three"
Plot:
An escaped convict uses miniaturized humans to wreak vengeance on those that framed him. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Tod Browning does it again! See more (61 total) »

Cast

  (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 .... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Ralph A. Pender .... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Michael Steinore .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
R.L. Stirling .... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Don T. Whitmer .... 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)
 
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Runtime:
78 min (Turner library print)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
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)

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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 »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Radin at times does not cast a shadow when he's about to stab Matin in his house.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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Movie Connections:
References The Unholy Three (1925)See more »
Soundtrack:
Valse des rayonsSee more »

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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Tod Browning does it again!, 9 September 2007
Author: revere-7 from the heartland

To the masses, Tod Browning is mostly unknown. Those who do know his name mostly remember him as the director of the original 'Dracula'. Fans of the genre remember him as the director not only of that movie, but of 'Freaks' as well.

But there is a great slightly campy classic that he directed near the end of his career, The Devil Doll.

While it never hits the highs of those earlier films, it is certainly worth a watch. The story concerns Paul Lavond (played by the always awesome Lionel Barrymore) - an escaped prisoner who learns a way to shrink humans to 1/6th their size, and rob them of their free will. He uses this secret to enact revenge on the men who framed him and sent him to prison.

Like his other films, this Tod Browning film also started a bit of a subgenre in the horror field - no, I'm not talking about creepy dolls (though a case could perhaps be made for that), I'm talking about the wronged individual that seeks redress in a vengeful manner (sure, earlier films danced around the concept - notably 'The Phantom of the Opera' - but here it is so straightforward. Lavond openly admits that he is full of "hatred", "vengeance" and even "evil". That is very refreshing, even in a film that's over 70 years old! Lavond realizes that he will ultimately pay a heavy price for his actions, but never wavers in his conviction to see his plans fully realized. Many great films in the genre followed this formula later on, notably 'The Abominable Dr. Phibes'.

Another great aspect to this film is the great supporting cast. Maureen O'Sullivan (Jane from the Tarzan films!) as Lavond's daughter, and character actress Rafaela Ottiano creepy as always as Lavond's accomplice.

Definitely worth a watch.

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