The Devil-Doll (1936)

I watched the 1936 movie “The Devil-Doll” on Svengoolie. It is based on the novel “Burn, Witch, Burn” by Abraham Merritt (inducted into the  Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 1999). The film was produced by Edward J. Mannix and directed by Tod Browning (famous for the first Dracula movie with sound starring Bela Lugosi).

It stars Lionel Barrymore (Mr. Potter in It’s a Wonderful Life and the great-grandfather of Drew Barrymore) as a framed prison escapee that stumbles onto mad scientists plans to shrink everyone in the world. He uses this plan to get revenge on the ones that framed him.

The cast includes Maureen O’Sullivan (Jane in Tarzan movies with Johnny Weissmuller), Frank Lawton, Rafaela Ottiano (often specialized in roles as sinister, malevolent, or spiteful women), Robert Craig, Lucy Beaumont, Henry B. Walthall, Grace Ford, Pedro de Cordoba,

Arthur Hohl (played a great number of villainous or mildly larcenous roles), Juanita Quigley, Claire Du Brey and Rollo Lloyd. It liked the movie, the special effects are good, especially for the year, so I’ll give it 3 out of 5. For more information read Wikipedia, IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes.

Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

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