Devil Doll

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Movie Info

A ventriloquist (Bryant Haliday) hypnotizes a newsman's (William Sylvester) girlfriend (Yvonne Romain) to put her soul in his dummy, Hugo.

Cast

Lionel Barrymore
as Paul Lavond / Madame Mandilip
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
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Critic Reviews for Devil Doll

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Audience Reviews for Devil Doll

  • Mar 24, 2012
    it was made in the thirties not sixties. wrong flixster data.
    Veronique K Super Reviewer
  • Nov 19, 2010
    The 1936's Devil-Doll is a crazy mix of Frankenstein, The Littles, and Mrs. Doubtfire. Sounds strange enough right? This movie marks the steep decline in quality and in popularity of Tod Brownings work. He really picked up steam by directing classics like Dracula and Freaks, however he wasn't able to maintain that level of quality. Instead he retired from directing in 1939 and fell out of society; completely cutting himself off from everyone, including his family, until his death in 1962. This movie is really intriguing with its use of the early "green screen" work and its other effects. That is really what drives the film. Other than that the movie sort of falls flat and ends very bizarrely. Lionel Barrymore (Great uncle of Drew Barrymore) and Marcel are on the run after escaping from prison. Marcel is a great scientist and he drags Barrymore to his experiments once they escape. The experiments Marcel performs involve shrinking things down to 1/6th their original size. For the most part he carries out these feats of size reduction on his seemingly endless supply of dogs. The doctor has a heart attack and before he dies tells his vision of the world to Barrymore and his assistant (some lady with a limp). The Lady, determined to finish the doctor's work, decides that Barrymore must help her realize the late doctor's dream. So naturally Barrymore just becomes a doctor in about 5 minuets. He even comments "I couldn't help, I was a Banker". How does this guy just up and become a scientist?It bugs me! The movie goes on from there with Barrymore using the method used to shrink things to clear his name, and then lives out the rest of his years in peace. That is pretty much the entire movie. There are some freaky parts like when he tortures his victims by paralyzing them with a tiny dagger dipped in paralyzing potion, or when Lionel Barrymore dresses up as an old woman to allude the police. His make-up is pretty uncanny. You wouldn't even know that you were looking at veteran actor of the stage and screen. The movie didn't have a lasting impression on me though and I am going to give it a mere 4 out of 10. I am going to go be a surgeon now. S!D
    Brandon S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 12, 2009
    Pretty good acting with a bit of tension thrown in at the beginning and a trippy ending, made this interesting. It does go a bit slow, so it does take some of the fun out of it.
    Ken D Super Reviewer
  • Feb 04, 2009
    "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 T Super Reviewer

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