The Devil-Doll (1936) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Devil-Doll (1936)




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Oscar-winner Lionel Barrymore ("It's a Wonderful Life") stars in this classic horror thriller about a Devil's Island escapee who shrinks murderous slaves and sells them to his victims as dolls. Co-starring Maureen O'Sullivan ("Tarzan, the Ape Man") and Frank Lawton ("David Copperfield").


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
Sherry Hall
as Detective
Wilfred Lucas
as Wilfred Lucas
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 The Devil-Doll

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (4)

The director, cameraman and art department make the most of it, but the writers' contribution is lacking in originality and seldom is equal to the idea in back of it.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

Not since The Lost World, King Kong and The Invisible Man have the camera wizards enjoyed such a field day.

August 8, 2006 | Full Review…

Browning had made Freaks at MGM, much to Mayer's disgust, and in working out his contract he had to lighten his uniquely dark vision, though the scene of a doll climbing out of a Christmas tree is effectively chilling.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…

Browning's flat style keeps the action disappointingly in check.

October 3, 2002 | Full Review…

The scares may be dated, but the miniaturised special effects, relying on oversized props, are still enthralling, and the offbeat fantasy atmosphere Browning expertly conjures up is highly unusual.

October 18, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This enjoyable film allows Lionel Barrymore the chance to go the Tootsie route.

October 17, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Devil-Doll

Weird, silly movie. I didn't care for it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

A revenge-minded escaped convict lucks into a process for miniaturizing people, then controlling them with his mind. With it's shrunken murdering Frenchies and Lionel Barrymore in drag (!) this should have been a campy creep classic, but it flounders on the obtrusive subplot about the convict reconciling with his daughter (Maureen O'Sullivan).

Greg S
Greg S

Super Reviewer

Great Todd Browning film, the guy truly was a master of horror and the bizarre.

Christopher  Brown
Christopher Brown

Super Reviewer

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