The lonely, loveless life of a shy bachelor takes an astounding turn when he buys a special doll, exquisitely hand-crafted by a mysterious German toymaker. He tries to track down the woman who modeled for it.

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John Walters
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The lonely, loveless life of a shy bachelor takes an astounding turn when he buys a special doll, exquisitely hand-crafted by a mysterious German toymaker. He tries to track down the woman who modeled for it.

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4 May 1986 (USA)  »

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The surname of the shopkeeper is a German compound word meaning Love/Maker. See more »

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John Walters: I know I'm not much to look at, Miss Dickinson, but there is the added compensation that I haven't got any money, either!
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A Gentle Tale
25 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

John Lithgow plays a shy but clueless man who has gotten into a routine that keeps him from finding someone. One day he goes to the neighborhood doll shop and talks to his friend who is a master doll maker. He needs to purchase a present for his niece. He finds a beautiful female doll with a striking face. What he doesn't know is that his niece is 13 years old and has no interest in the doll. He is embarrassed, even though she courteously thanks him. After she goes out with her friends, he tells his sister that he will take the doll back and get her the wristwatch that she really wants. We are made aware from the start that he is really taken with the doll; perhaps, even in love with its countenance. He knows this is wrong but he pursues the name of the model who served as the inspiration for the doll. Then he goes through the should I, shouldn't I business. What eventually happens makes this a charming story, one of the better episodes in the series. Lithgow is so expressive and kind and can pull this off without making it too weird.


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