THE DEVIL DOLL (1936 U.S.) D/W: TOD BROWNING W: GARRETT FORT/GUY ENDORE/ERIC VON STROHEIM P: E.J. MANNIX
Along with FREAKS, this romantic and thoroughly heartbreaking b/w fantasy classic ranks as Browning`s best work. Lionel Barrymore escapes from Devil`s Island (where he was wrongly convicted) and uses a serum to shrink people to miniature size and uses them to kill his corrupt enemies. He dresses himself up as a little old lady, running a doll shop as a front. The FX are brilliant and sometimes quite beautiful. Maureen O`Sullivan is Barrymore`s daughter, the character that really makes the story unique. A must-see. Based on Abraham Merritt`s Burn Witch Burn. With Robert Greig, Lucy Beaumont, Henry B. Walthall, Pedro de Cordoba, Arthur Hohl, Claire Du Brey, Rollo Lloyd, E. Allyn Warren, Francis McDonald, Inez Palange, Edward Keane, King Baggot, Egon Brecher, Christian J. Frank, Billy Gilbert, Robert Graves, Sherry Hall, Wilfred Lucas, Eily Malyon, Frank Reicher, Nick Thompson and Evelyn Selbie. Browning made his final film, MIRACLES FOR SALE next.

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