The Devil-Doll (1936)
as Paul Lavond / Madame Mandilip
as Lorraine Lavond
as Emil Coulvet
as Mme. Lavond
as Charles Matin
as Victor Radin
as Marguerite Coulvet
as Mme. Coulvet
as Laundry Proprietor
as Wilfred Lucas
as Police Sergeant
as Flower Woman
as Apache Dancer
as Apache Dancer
as Det. Pierre
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Critic Reviews for The Devil-Doll
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.
Not since The Lost World, King Kong and The Invisible Man have the camera wizards enjoyed such a field day.
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.
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.
Audience Reviews for The Devil-Doll
Weird, silly movie. I didn't care for it.
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).
Great Todd Browning film, the guy truly was a master of horror and the bizarre.
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