An evil hyponotist/ventriloquist plots to gain an heiress' millions.



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Complete credited cast:
Bryant Haliday ...
Mark English
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Sandra Dorne ...
Nora Nicholson ...
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Alan Gifford ...
Bob Garrett
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Dr. Heller
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Release Date:

September 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

De maitresse van de duivel  »

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£25,000 (estimated)

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(Westrex Recording)
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According to executive producer Richard Gordon, the theater in which The Great Vorelli performs was not open to the public at the time and was scheduled to be demolished. The film crew was able to shoot inside the theater for the show and backstage scenes before the deadline for the building's demolition. See more »


When Hugo walks toward the audience the back of his jacket is intact. When he walks back to his seat there is a hole in his back jacket for the hand to control him. See more »


Bob Garrett: Hey, how'd you know I was still in bed?
Mark English: It figures, boy, it figures.
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Music by Robert Farnon
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A step back in time
5 January 2003 | by (San Diego, California) – See all my reviews

Keeping in mind that Devil Doll takes place in England right about the time of the Beatles invasion, Devil Doll is a pleasant curiosity. Sure, it's a little slow and quaintly dated, but take yourself back and you'll have fun. Amusing touch is the dance sequence featuring a frantic Twist display. William Sylvester is a familiar face: 2001 A Space Odyssey and Gorgo, to name only two of many. It's nice that it's available and to be able to see Devil Doll as a step back in time.

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