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Director:
Writers:
Ronald Kinnoch (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
September 1964 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Can a Beautiful Woman Be Enslaved Against Her Will? See more »
Plot:
An evil hyponotist/ventriloquist plots to gain an heiress' millions. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Soul-shifting ... For dummies! See more (48 total) »

Cast

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Bryant Haliday ... The Great Vorelli

William Sylvester ... Mark English
Yvonne Romain ... Marianne Horn
Sandra Dorne ... Magda
Nora Nicholson ... Aunt Eva
Alan Gifford ... Bob Garrett
Karel Stepanek ... Dr. Heller
Francis De Wolff ... Dr. Keisling
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anthony Baird ... Soldier (uncredited)
David Charlesworth ... Hugo Novik (uncredited)
Lorenza Colville ... Mercedes (uncredited)
Sadie Corre ... Hugo the Dummy (uncredited)
Trixie Dallas ... Miss Penton (uncredited)
Guy Deghy ... Hans (uncredited)
Margaret Durnell ... Countess (uncredited)
Heidi Erich ... Grace (uncredited)
Ray Landor ... Expert Twist Dancer (uncredited)
Pamela Law ... Woman with Garrett (uncredited)
Jackie Ramsden ... Nurse (uncredited)
Philip Ray ... Uncle Walter (uncredited)
Ella Tracey ... Louisa - Secretary (uncredited)
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Directed by
Lindsay Shonteff 
 
Writing credits
Ronald Kinnoch (screenplay) (as George Barclay) and
Charles F. Vetter (screenplay) (as Lance Z. Hargreaves)

Frederick E. Smith (story)

Produced by
Richard Gordon .... executive producer
Kenneth Rive .... producer
Lindsay Shonteff .... producer
Gerald A. Fernback .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Gerald Gibbs 
 
Film Editing by
Ernest Bullingham 
 
Production Design by
Stan Shield 
 
Makeup Department
Jack Craig .... makeup artist
Ann Fordyce .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Fred Slark .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ernie Lewis .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Reginald Court .... dubbing editor
Derick McColm .... sound recordist (as Derek McCalm)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Brian Elvin .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mary Gibson .... wardrober
 

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Runtime:
81 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording)
Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:G (Quebec) (2002) | Netherlands:18 (1966) | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1997) | USA:Approved (cut)

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Trivia:
The dwarf who portrays Hugo the Dummy was performed by a woman even though Hugo is a male dummy.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Quotes:
[talking on the phone]
Mark English:Now get your tail out of bed and get to work.
Bob Garrett:Wilco, Wilco, stay cool and all that jazz--hey, how'd you know I was still in bed?
Mark English:It figures, boy, it figures.
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Soundtrack:
OnslaughtSee more »

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List: Ventriloquists who have disturbing relationships with their dummies
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14 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Soul-shifting ... For dummies!, 19 January 2008
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

Hey, what's with the ridiculously low and miserable rating of not even 3 out of 10? I ventured into this film without checking its title page on IMDb, which is something I rarely ever do, but now I'm glad, otherwise I probably would have passed an missed out on a fairly engaging, original and chilling little 60's gem. Perhaps the low rating is linked to the fact that this is another film that undeservedly received the feared and notorious MST3K-treatment, which tends to hugely influence viewers opinions, but it really isn't such a bad film albeit admittedly a bit derivative and suffering from a lack of budgetary means. But at least the film is atmospheric. Like clowns, ventriloquist dummies have some sort of uncanny aura surrounding them and the more you look at them, the scarier they become. Director Lindsay Shonteff ("The Million Eyes of Sumuru") clearly realized this as well, because he stuffed his film with extended still shots of dummy. It's strangely unsettling because you're staring at something lifeless, yet you somehow feel like he's staring back at you. The script of "Devil Doll" also centers on another eerie surreal phenomenon apart from ventriloquism, namely hypnotism. The Great Vorelli has a successful act where he hypnotizes people on stage and then ends with his dummy Hugo, a dummy that can not only talk and pull menacing grimaces, but also walk all by himself! The skeptical journalist Mark English is intrigued with the act, and whilst he's trying to unravel the mystery of Hugo's ability to walk, Vorelli has set his mind on conquering the heart and soul of Mark's enchanting fiancée Marianne, whether she wants to or not. The revelation of the mysterious dummy's secret is ingenious and I don't think I've seen this type of twist in any other movie ever before. The acting performances are good, notably Bryant Haliday's sinister role of the Great Vorelli is memorable, there's a constant atmosphere of tension and Hugo is one scary Pinocchio! If you come across this film, please do ignore the bashing reviews and low scores and give it a chance. It may be not nearly as good as other wicked-dummy movies, like "The Great Gabbo" and the downright brilliant short segment in the horror anthology "Dead of Night", but it's unquestionably a worthwhile 60's horror effort.

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