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The Doll (1919)

Die Puppe (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Fantasy | 6 April 1920 (Finland)
Forced into marriage by his uncle, a man decides to fool him by marrying a life-like mechanical doll instead.


Ernst Lubitsch


E.T.A. Hoffmann (story), Hanns Kräly | 2 more credits »




Credited cast:
Max Kronert Max Kronert ... Baron von Chanterelle
Hermann Thimig ... Lancelot
Victor Janson Victor Janson ... Hilarius
Marga Köhler Marga Köhler ... Dessen Frau
Ossi Oswalda ... Ossi - His Daughter
Gerhard Ritterband Gerhard Ritterband ... Der Lehrling
Jakob Tiedtke ... Der Briar
Josefine Dora Josefine Dora ... Lancelot's Maid
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lapitski Lapitski
Paul Morgan
Hedy Searle Hedy Searle
Arthur Weinschenk Arthur Weinschenk


Because the Baron of Chanterelle wants to preserve his family line, he forces his timid nephew Lancelot to choose one of the village maidens to wed. Lancelot flees to a monastery to escape the forty eager maidens. When the gluttonous monks discover that the Baron is offering a large sum for the marriage, they suggest Lancelot marry a mechanical doll instead. The doll maker has just finished making a replica of his daughter Ossi, but his assistant accidentally breaks it and convinces the real girl to mimic the doll. Lancelot buys her, thinking she is a doll, and takes her back to the monastery, where they are wed. Written by Will Gilbert

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Comedy | Fantasy


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Fun, Humour, Imagination and Banter, 15 years before people recognised "Lubitsch Touch".
27 February 2021 | by SAMTHEBESTESTSee all my reviews

Die Puppe / The Doll (1919) : Brief Review -

Fun, Humour, Imagination and Banter, 15 years before people recognised "Lubitsch Touch". It was 1930s decade when Ernst Lubitsch became popular director and that so called 'Lubitsch Touch' was discovered but i am not buying it. I have seen those so called great films of Lubitsch from 30s decade but only few of them were on a level what i call Great. His 'Shop Around The Corner' and 'To Be Or Not To Be' tops my list but now i think he was far better director before 20s and the reason is 'The Doll'. How clever this imagination was to bring this idea this on screen. Not just the idea but the overall humour and situations were so good. Forced into marriage by his uncle, a man decides to fool him by marrying a life-like mechanical doll instead who is actually a Real Girl. This misunderstanding turns into a chaotic laugh ride providing wholesome entertainment from human resources. Ossi Oswalda plays the doll which i can never forget. It wasn't sci-fi but it felt like sci-fi and then i have to believe it's real, so amusing. Her character was truly sensational for the time and i am sure many boys in that era must have fallen in love with her. If i was a boy then, i would have married her i mean i would have loved to Marry such a cute doll. And not to forget how funny she was. Most of the comedy films have male actors fetching all the limelight but here a female actor was seen leading the show. Ernst Lubitsch's sparking direction, imaginative humour and vision to bring humanly gags from inhuman behaviour is nothing short of amazement. I feel sorry for those people who have made a big deal out of 'Lubitsch Touch' when it is not completely Great thing in my opinion, rather they should have given more attention to this film. Overall, an excellent entertainer beyond time limits.

RATING - 7.5/10*

By - #samthebestest

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6 April 1920 (Finland) See more »

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(copy with French titles at Brussels Musée du Cinéma)

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1.33 : 1
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