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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
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)

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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81 min
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording)
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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The dwarf who portrays Hugo the Dummy was performed by a woman even though Hugo is a male dummy.See more »
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 »
[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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23 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
DEVIL DOLL (1964) - Image DVD Review, 14 June 2004
Author: MARIO GAUCI ( from Naxxar, Malta

A beautifully-crafted low budget shocker which has unfortunately been overlooked in view of the classic 'Ventriloquist's Dummy' episode from the horror compendium film, DEAD OF NIGHT (1945; episode directed by Alberto Cavalcanti). Actually, it bears very few similarities to it: the dummy may be called Hugo as in the earlier film (though DEVIL DOLL was in fact based on a short story written by Frederick E. Smith), but here we have the ventriloquist who is doing the mind-controlling and the dummy who is subservient to him, whereas in the 1945 film it was the other way around.

Some dated elements like the dance number early in the film (couldn't they have thought of something more sinister as a way of making the heroine, Yvonne Romain, fall under the hypnotist's spell?) are not enough to spoil DEVIL DOLL's very effective suspense sequences, especially whenever The Great Vorelli and Hugo get to share the screen. Performances are generally adequate (including William Sylvester as the requisite American 'star') but Bryant Halliday obviously dominates the film as the villainous Vorelli. Reminiscent of John Barrymore in SVENGALI (1931), his sheer magnetic presence makes one wish he had made more films of the caliber of DEVIL DOLL. (On a side note, we DVD Maniacs should also feel obligated towards him for his capacity as co-founder of Janus Films, 'home owner' of The Criterion Collection!)

Some critics find the film a bit flat, almost like a made-for-TV film: it does have a tendency towards showing the actors in close-up but this, as explained in the commentary, was more due to budgetary limitations than to a conscious choice of film-making style adopted by the director; furthermore, the plot's very dependence on various states of emotion on the characters' part makes the intimacy of it all entirely appropriate!

Which brings us to the ending: though unconvincing in detail (Vorelli's transference of souls gradually took place over a period of months but here it happens in a flash!), the impact of it is undeniable and makes for a hugely satisfying climax to a wonderful little film, a genuine sleeper and now regaining some well-deserved momentum with Image Entertainment's excellent DVD release.

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