DirectorTod Browning Music directorFranz Waxman Duration CountryUnited States
WriterGuy Endore, Garrett Fort, Erich von Stroheim Release dateJuly 10, 1936 (1936-07-10) CastLionel Barrymore (Paul Lavond), Maureen O'Sullivan (Lorraine Lavond), Frank Lawton (Toto), Rafaela Ottiano (Malita), Robert Greig (Emil Coulvet), Lucy Beaumont (Madame Lavond) Similar moviesI Spit on Your Grave III: Vengeance is Mine, Interstellar, Mad Max: Fury Road, Looper, John Wick, Knock Knock
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The Devil-Doll (1936) is a horror film directed by Tod Browning and starring a cross-dressing Lionel Barrymore and Maureen O'Sullivan as his daughter, Lorraine Lavond. The movie was adapted from the novel Burn Witch Burn! (1932) by Abraham Merritt.
Paul Lavond (Barrymore), who was wrongly convicted of robbing his own Paris bank and killing a night watchman more than seventeen years ago, escapes Devil's Island with Marcel (Henry B. Walthall), a scientist who is trying to create a formula to reduce people to one-sixth of their original size. The intended purpose of the formula is to make the Earth's limited resources last longer for an ever-growing population. The scientist dies after their escape.
Lavond joins the scientist's widow, Malita (Rafaela Ottiano), and decides to use the shrinking technique to obtain revenge on the three former business associates who had framed him and to vindicate himself. He returns to Paris and disguises himself as an old woman who sells lifelike dolls. He shrinks a young girl and one of his former associates to infiltrate the homes of the other two former associates, paralyzing one.
When the final associate confesses before he is attacked, Lavond clears his name and secures the future happiness of his estranged daughter, Lorraine (O'Sullivan), in the process. Malita isn't satisfied, and wants to continue to use the formula to carry on her husband's work. She tries to kill Paul when he announces that he is finished with their partnership, having accomplished all he intended, but she blows up their lab, killing herself.
Paul tells Toto, Lorraine's fiancé, about what happened. He meets his daughter, pretending to be the deceased Marcel. He tells Lorraine that Paul Lavond died during their escape from prison, but that he loved her very much. Lavond then departs, to an uncertain fate.
Lionel Barrymore as Paul Lavond
Maureen O'Sullivan as Lorraine Lavond
Frank Lawton as Toto
Rafaela Ottiano as Malita
Robert Greig as Emil Coulvet
Lucy Beaumont as Madame Lavond
Henry B. Walthall as Marcel
Grace Ford as Lachna
Pedro de Cordoba as Charles Matin
Arthur Hohl as Victor Radin
Juanita Quigley as Marguerite Coulvet
Claire Du Brey as Madame Coulvet (as Claire du Brey)
Rollo Lloyd as Detective Maurice
Marketed as a novelty thriller, The Devil-Doll was not a financial success, although it did receive some praise from critics. The New York Times gave the film a positive review, making special note of its entertaining use of special effects, comparing it favorably to such films as King Kong and The Invisible Man. However, a review in the American science fiction magazine Thrilling Wonder Stories was not as enthusiastic, calling the film a "disappointment" and a "run-of-the-mill thriller which does not attempt to recapture the unique fantasy of Merritt's novel."