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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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Plot:
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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Great suspense, drama, efx, and acting by Lionel Barrymore! See more (55 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lionel Barrymore ... Lavond

Maureen O'Sullivan ... 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 (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 (based on the novel "Burn Witch Burn" by)

Richard Schayer  contributor to dialogue (uncredited)

Produced by
Tod Browning .... producer (uncredited)
E.J. Mannix .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Franz Waxman (musical score by)
 
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)
 
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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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Madame Mandilip's special dolls are costumed as members of vicious street gangs known as the Apache (pronounced ah-PAHSH), who were involved in theft, prostitution, and the occasional murder in pre-World War I Paris. The dolls even perform the Apache dance popularized by the gangs, in which extremely close steps alternate with seemingly brutal punches, kicks, hair-pulling, spins, and throws; it was usually danced to the Valse des rayons (aka Valse chaloupée) composed by Jacques Offenbach. In the 1930s and 1940s, this dance was still performed by professional dancers and can be seen in several films and even cartoons of the period.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The shrunken animals do not cast shadows when they move. This is obvious with the dogs on the lab table and the horse galloping on Radin's desk.See more »
Quotes:
Lavond (as Madame Mandelip):Look at me and see what seventeen years in the grave has done to me. No, Radin, without my hatred I never could have lived to exhume myself. What swine you three are!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Giants (1996) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Valse des rayonsSee more »

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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Great suspense, drama, efx, and acting by Lionel Barrymore!, 7 August 2000
Author: drseim from Upstate NY

Don't let the genre classification as "sci/fi & horror" mislead you. It's really an excellent suspense/mystery/melodrama with the superb Lionel Barrymore (Mr Potter of "It's a Wonderful Life") and a young Maureen O'Sullivan. The sci/fi & fantasy elements - a mad scientist's ability to shrink people and control their actions - are exciting plot devices that allows Barrymore to exact revenge on the men who destroyed his life and family.

Director Tod Browning ("Freaks", the original "Dracula", and many Lon Chaney films) has created a great mix of suspense, action, light humor, & heart-tugging emotions in this tale of revenge and redemption.

The efx are (mostly) ahead of their time, and as good as the later shrunken-people sci-fi movies of the 40s and 50s, such as "Dr Cyclops", "Attack of the Puppet People", and "The Incredible Shrinking Man".

But the best part is the great acting of Barrymore. He plays a desperate escaped convict, who hides by masquerading as a kindly old woman, who in turn pretends to be maker of perfectly detailed dolls. As this character that's both humorous and murderous, obsessed and befuddled, he toys with the police and his betrayers who will be the targets of his army of living dolls. It's a tour de force of acting in this beautiful film.

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