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The Devil Doll

Released Jul 10, 1936 1h 19m Horror List
79% Tomatometer 19 Reviews 70% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings Wrongfully convicted of a robbery and murder, Paul Lavond (Lionel Barrymore) breaks out of prison with a genius scientist who has devised a way to shrink humans. When the scientist dies during the escape, Lavond heads for his lab, using the shrinking technology to get even with those who framed him, and vindicate himself in both the public eye and the eyes of his daughter, Lorraine (Maureen O'Sullivan). When an accident leaves a crazed assistant dead, however, Lavond must again make an escape. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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Variety Staff Variety 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. Mar 26, 2009 Full Review Frank S. Nugent New York Times Not since The Lost World, King Kong and The Invisible Man have the camera wizards enjoyed such a field day. Aug 8, 2006 Full Review Adrian Turner Time Out 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. Jan 26, 2006 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy This enjoyable outing allows Lionel Barrymore the opportunity to go the Tootsie route. Rated: 3/4 Oct 28, 2023 Full Review Eddie Harrison film-authority.com ...The Devil-Doll is as sprightly as a convict granny with a basket full of stiletto wielding dolls; ie very sprightly indeed... Rated: 3/5 May 9, 2021 Full Review Meyer Levin (Patterson Murphy) Esquire Magazine ...all this is wasted in a drearily complicated yarn. May 5, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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Allie T A masterpiece when you consider the intense work to pull off the special effects 90 years ago! Barrymore put his complete self in the role and the ending unlike Noir off that era is a happy one. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 11/13/22 Full Review Audience Member Another gem from MGM. What is not to like about Lionel Barrymore? He is priceless as the old woman. Very impressed with the "special effects" as the dolls climb around under normal size humans. I especially liked the scene where the doll stole the necklace and other jewelry - very impressed! I don't think the title really fits the movie "The Devil Doll" - um not a good title for THIS movie. That title envisions a bad voodoo curse gone wrong. I think the movie was quite charming and very worth watching. I recommend!! Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review martin a This film was years ahead of its time, made in 1936, and it has a great story that involves shrunken animals, and people, and a man framed for murder who seeks revenge on those who sent him to prison. When he escapes he makes dolls to carry out his plans to kill the men that framed him. The ending is sad at the top of the Eiffel Tower, I wish that had been changed, but an outstanding film Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review ashley h The Devil-Doll is a decent film. It is about an escaped convict who uses miniaturized humans to wreak vengeance on those that framed him. Lionel Barrymore and Maureen O'Sullivan give good performances. The screenplay is a little slow in places. Tod Browning did an alright job directing this movie. I liked this motion picture because of the drama and horror. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Obviously the special effects look lame today, but were well-done in its day. Besides that, it's a good story line Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review joe m Standard story of man falsely accused, sent to prison, escapes and returns for vengeance. But, the twist is in how the man who's been wrong exact his revenge - by using a secret miniaturization process to to create living dolls that he then sells, in drag no less, to do his nefarious bidding! Well played by Barrymore and the rest of the cast set in belle époque Paris. The special effects, considering the film was made in 1936, are extremely well done. And, like many old movies, they manage to tell the entire story in under 90 minutes. Well worth watching. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Wrongfully convicted of a robbery and murder, Paul Lavond (Lionel Barrymore) breaks out of prison with a genius scientist who has devised a way to shrink humans. When the scientist dies during the escape, Lavond heads for his lab, using the shrinking technology to get even with those who framed him, and vindicate himself in both the public eye and the eyes of his daughter, Lorraine (Maureen O'Sullivan). When an accident leaves a crazed assistant dead, however, Lavond must again make an escape.
Director
Tod Browning
Producer
Tod Browning, E.J. Mannix
Screenwriter
Tod Browning, Guy Endore, Garrett Fort, Richard Schayer, Erich von Stroheim
Distributor
Loew's Inc., MGM/UA Home Entertainment Inc., MGM Distributing Corporation
Production Co
Metro Goldwyn Mayer
Genre
Horror
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Jul 10, 1936, Wide
Release Date (Streaming)
Jan 1, 2009
Runtime
1h 19m
Sound Mix
Mono
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