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The Devil-Doll (1936)

Passed | | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi | 10 July 1936 (USA)
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An escaped convict uses miniaturized humans to wreak vengeance on those that framed him.

Director:

Tod Browning (uncredited)

Writers:

Garrett Fort (screen play), Guy Endore (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lionel Barrymore ... Paul Lavond
Maureen O'Sullivan ... Lorraine Lavond
Frank Lawton ... Toto
Rafaela Ottiano ... Malita
Robert Greig ... Emil Coulvet
Lucy Beaumont ... Mme. Lavond
Henry B. Walthall ... Marcel
Grace Ford ... Lachna
Pedro de Cordoba ... Charles Matin
Arthur Hohl ... Victor Radin
Juanita Quigley ... Marguerite Coulvet
Claire Du Brey ... Mme. Coulvet (as Claire du Brey)
Rollo Lloyd ... Detective
E. Alyn Warren ... Commissioner (as E Allyn Warren)
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Storyline

Paul Lavond was a respected banker in Paris when he was framed for robbery and murder by crooked associates and sent to prison. Years later, he escapes with a friend, a scientist who was working on a method to reduce humans to a height of mere inches (all for the good of humanity, of course). Lavond however is consumed with hatred for the men who betrayed him, and takes the scientist's methods back to Paris to exact painful revenge. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi

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"Malita" is made up as reminiscent of two famous horror supporting characters. She's slightly hunchbacked as was Dr. Frankenstein's Igor, and has a white streak in her hair similar to The Bride of Frankenstein. Further, her facial makeup gives her a rather deathly appearance, not unlike a vampire. (Tod Browning directed "Dracula (1931)".) See more »

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As one of the men who framed Lavond is reading about his escape from prison, the paper he's holding is shown both folded and unfolded between shots. See more »

Quotes

Lavond (as Madame Mandelip): [with emotion] Then he said
[clearing his throat]
Lavond (as Madame Mandelip): that was the most important thing of all. He told me to tell you to forget him, to find happiness and keep it, to marry and give your children all the love you might have given him if he hadn't been taken from you.
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Also available in a computer-colorized version. See more »

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Referenced in The Twilight Zone: He's Alive (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Valse des rayons
(uncredited)
from the ballet "Le Papillon"
Music by Jacques Offenbach
Played on a music box
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A really cool horror picture that is also a very unusual departure for Barrymore!
9 June 2005 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I really enjoyed this little horror flick. It was the story of an escaped prisoner and his efforts to exact revenge using his evil little zombie dolls. It was well-written and exciting to watch.

However, what really made the film for me was watching Lionel Barrymore. He was an immensely talented actor that starred in countless movies from the 1920s to about 1950 and I would have to say that this was definitely the weirdest departure he ever took on the screen! Not only was he an escaped con trying to exact revenge, but much of the movie he disguised himself as an old lady! Seeing him in drag (and doing a credible job) gave a me a real laugh and it was nice to see him increase his range. FYI--in drag, he DID look and sound a little bit like his famous sister, Ethel!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Witch of Timbuctoo See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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