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Peter Graham Scott
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Vorelli is a ventriloquist & hypnotist, with an amazing dummy, Hugo. Vorelli meets and pursues a beautiful heiress (Marianne); he mesmerizes her, and induces a baffling coma. His buxom mistress (Magda) fears he'll dump her for the younger woman, and threatens to expose him. Vorelli tricks Hugo into killing Magda while he's safely elsewhere. Marianne's boyfriend Mark investigates. He discovers another killing in Vorelli's past, of a man called Hugo. The girl wakes from her coma, and announces she will marry the hypnotist. When the triumphant Vorelli tells Hugo his plans for Marianne and a new, female dummy, a final confrontation yields surprising results. Written by
Mike Rogers <MICHAELPEM@aol.com>
Sidney J. Furie was originally supposed to direct, but he left for another project before shooting began, and it was assigned to Lindsay Shonteff. Furie, however, was a friend of Shonteff's and helped Shonteff with the direction of the picture when he ran into problems. 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 »
[talking on the phone]
Now get your tail out of bed and get to work.
Wilco, Wilco, stay cool and all that jazz--hey, how'd you know I was still in bed?
It figures, boy, it figures.
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"Devil Doll" may not be the crown jewels, but it is a small gem, and a very enjoyable horror tale. Except for a few slow-moving scenes in newspaper offices, it is well acted, directed and photographed, with great use of lighting and close-ups to build tension and enhance the mystery. We never actually see any violence, but Hugo, the little dummy, is truly frightening. You will even find yourself sympathizing with his plight, as we do with Frankenstein's and other monster "bests." Billed an "underrated, exquisitely-tailored sleeper" in Maltin's movie guide (4 out of 5 stars), this effort shows what can be done on a small budget by good craftsmen and professional performers; it is a better movie than 99 percent of the full-color and full-gore horrors being produced today. Don't confuse it with the 1936 Tod Browning classic, " 'The' Devil Doll," which is a completely different story.
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