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Devil Doll (1964)




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Falsely convicted Lionel Barrymore escapes from Devil's Island with fellow prisoner H.B. Walthall. A brilliant scientist, Walthall reveals to Barrymore that he has developed a process to shrink human beings. Upon Walthall's death, Barrymore makes his way back to the old scientist's lab, intending to use Walthall's formula to exact vengeance on those who have wronged him. He does so, clearing his name and securing the future happiness of his daughter Maureen O'Sullivan (who believes that Barrymore is dead) in the process. But Barrymore's crazed assistant Rafaela Ottiano isn't satisfied. "We'll make the whole world small!" she hisses, forcing Barrymore to kill her and destroy the formula. To save his daughter from scandal, Barrymore disappears into the night, the implication being that he plans to commit suicide at the first opportunity. The excellent miniature work in The Devil Doll (much of it accomplished with outsized sets, a la the Laurel and Hardy comedy Brats) successfully takes the viewers' minds off the rather silly plot. Director Tod Browning was always stronger with atmosphere than with plot and dialogue, and this film is no exception. Far less logical than the miniaturization process is Barrymore's decision to disguise himself as an old woman, since this transparent guise wouldn't convince a 2-year-old in real life. Based on the novel Burn, Witch, Burn by Abraham Merritt, The Devil Doll was scripted by several hands, including Erich Von Stroheim.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Classics, Horror
Directed By: ,
Written By: Tod Browning, Erich von Stroheim, Garrett Elsden Fort, Guy Endore
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 5, 2005
MGM Home Entertainment


Lionel Barrymore
as Paul Lavond / Madame...
Maureen O'Sullivan
as Lorraine Lavond
Robert Greig
as Emil Coulvet
Lucy Beaumont
as Mme. Lavond
Grace Ford
as Lachna
Pedro de Cordoba
as Charles Matin
Arthur Hohl
as Victor Radin
Juanita Quigley
as Marguerite Coulvet
Claire Du Brey
as Mme. Coulvet
Rollo Lloyd
as Detective
E. Alyn Warren
as Commissioner
Eily Malyon
as Laundry Proprietor
Wilfred Lucas
as Wilfred Lucas
Sherry Hall
as Detective
Edward Keene
as Gendarme
Nick Thompson
as Police Sergeant
Inez Palange
as Concierge
Evelyn Selbie
as Flower Woman
Paul Foltz
as Apache Dancer
Jean Alden
as Apache Dancer
King Baggott
as Det. Pierre
Egon Brecher
as Detective
Bryant Halliday
as The Great Vorelli
William Sylvester
as Mark English
Sandra Dorne
as Vorelli's Assistant ...
Yvonne Romain
as Marianne
Karel Stepanek
as Dr. Heller
Francis De Wolff
as Dr. Keisling
Philip Ray
as Uncle Walter
Alan Gifford
as Bob Garrett
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Critic Reviews for Devil Doll

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | May 29, 2008
Top Critic

Although deliberately created to replicate the dummy episode from DEAD OF NIGHT, this black-and-white English production works tolerably well as a crude rip-off, thanks to a creepy dummy and creepier performance from Haliday as The Great Vorelli.

Full Review… | July 26, 2014

A fun, off-beat little horror film

September 8, 2002
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Full Review… | December 30, 2006
Empire Magazine

November 7, 2005

Full Review… | January 27, 2002

Audience Reviews for Devil Doll


it was made in the thirties not sixties.
wrong flixster data.

Veronique Kwak

Super Reviewer

"What Is the strange, terrifying evil secret of the dummy... and why is it locked in a cage every night? Is it flesh or wood? Man or monster? Alive or dead? The Devil Doll. It walks. It talks. It kills. Strange! Terrifying! Evil!" -tagline

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer


No doubt in my mind, that who ever wrote Chuckie, got his idea from this movie. Hugo was long before chuck was a wet spot in the writers eye. A Great B&W Britishuspense/horror film.

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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