The Devil Doll (1964)

You’ll never win … You’ll always lose

I watched the Associated Film Distributing Corp. 1964 horror film The Devil Doll on Svengoolie. It is about a ventriloquist, “The Great Vorelli” and his dummy Hugo who has an incredible show, leaving all in amazement. It seems there may be more to it than an act. The movie is directed by  Lindsay Shonteff (known for low budget films in England) and produced by Richard Gordon (The Cat and the Canary, Inseminoid, The Haunted Strangler, Fiend Without a Face, First Man into Space, Corridors of Blood, Secrets of Sex, Horror Hospital).

Vorelli is played by Bryant Haliday (Curse of Simba, The Projected Man (1966), Tower of Evil),

the American reporter is played by William Sylvester (Gorgo, Devils in Darkness, You Only Live Twice, Dr. Heywood R. Floyd in 2001: A Space Odyssey, Don’t be Afraid of the Dark, The Hindenburg, Heaven Can Wait),

Yvonne Romain (Corridors of Blood, Circus of Horrors, The Curse of the Werewolf, Captain Clegg, Double Trouble with Elvis), Sandra Dorne (famous Pin-Up girl),

Nora Nicholson (TV series Secret Agent aka Danger Man and The Avengers), Alan Gifford (Poole’s father in 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Saint),

Karel Stepanek (Sink the Bismark!, Frozen Dead) and Francis De Wolff (Treasure Island, Moby Dick, Corridors of Blood, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Man Who Could Cheat Death,

The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll, The Curse of the Werewolf, Vavra in From Russia with Love). I thought it was a suspenseful mystery that held my attention.

I’ll give it 2.75 out of 5 stars. 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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