The Devil-Doll

1936

Tod Browning
Director
MGM
Studio

Unjustly jailed Barrymore escapes and enacts vengeance on his malefactors using minaturized humans.

Wonderful little horror film wih an excellent performance by Barrymore and some macabre style courtesy Browning. O'Sullivan plays her usual tiresome whiny Camille, and Lawton is trying too hard to be Ronald Colman, but their love story subplot helped hide from the censors the fact that Barrymore actually gets away with his crimes. Indeed, this movie has a far more poignant ending than one would expect, especially from Browning.

Ottiano is also wonderful, looking like the love-spawn of the Bride of Frankenstein and Dr. Praetorius. Lionel's portrayal in drag of Madame Mandelip must have been the inspiration for Mrs. Doubtifre; the resemblance is uncanny!

-Dave W.



10th July 1936
Cinema

Not Rated

79 mins
1.37:1




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Lionel Barrymore
Paul Lavond
Lionel Barrymore
Madame Mandelip
Maureen O'Sullivan
Lorraine Lavond
Frank Lawton
Toto Fortuna
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
Matilde Coulvet
Rollo Lloyd
Maurice, Detective
E. Alyn Warren
Prefect of Police
(as E. Allyn Warren)
Unknown 4949-01
Guard with Lewis Gun
Unknown 4949-02
Matin's Secretary
Unknown 4949-08
Gendarme
Sydney Jarvis
Gendarme
Unknown 4949-03
Gendarme
Eily Malyon
Laundry Proprietress
Gus Leonard
Eiffel Tower Elevator Operator
Evelyn Selbie
Flower Seller
Unknown 4949-04
Plainclothesman Watching Mandelip's
Egon Brecher
Detective
Inez Palange
Governess
Jean Alden
Apache Dancer
Paul Foltz
Apache Dancer
Frank Reicher
Doctor
Unknown 4949-05
Waiter
Billy Gilbert
Matin's Butler
King Baggot
Pierre, Detective
Christian J. Frank
Detective
Mahlon Hamilton
Detective
Unknown 4949-06
Detective
Unknown 4949-07
Taxi Driver
Unknown 4949-09
Frank, Detective at Fire Scene
Sherry Hall
Detective
Robert Du Couedic
Gendarme
Robert Graves
Gendarme
Edward Keane
Gendarme
Nick Thompson
Police Sergeant
Wilfred Lucas
Off-Screen Voice
Shirley Coates
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