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The Devil Doll (1936)

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Well, this was one Tod Browning movie that I'd never seen before they aired it tonight on TCM.

It's a charming and creepy movie. Despite the outlandishness of the gimmick and the poorness of the effects by today's standards, the story was so well done that you went along with it anyway, and Lionel Barrymore as the lead Paul Lavond wins you over.

Catch it if you can, if you've never seen it before. The plot sounds hokey, but it is an enjoyable movie.
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like the "Trilogy of Terror" doll? ;-).
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It's one of the few horror films from MGM in their golden age of the 1930's. It's in a pretty good boxed set containing it and most of the others: Mark of the Vampire, Mask of Fu Manchu, and Mad Love. I would say Mad Love was the best.
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Far too few old movie reviews on this site .... kudos EWeiss
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I love DD as well. It's a cliche to say it but they don't make 'em like that any more!!
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When you hear or read the plot of THE DEVIL DOLL, you think the villain is going to be like in HOUSE OF WAX and/or the story will be your typical madman gets revenge tale, but it's not like that at all. The lead is likable and has a conscience, and the ending is not what one normally expects in these kinds of movies.
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Originally Posted by Shaded Dogfood View Post

It's one of the few horror films from MGM in their golden age of the 1930's. It's in a pretty good boxed set containing it and most of the others: Mark of the Vampire, Mask of Fu Manchu, and Mad Love. I would say Mad Love was the best.

And don't forget that MGM put out Freaks. Also, MGM's silent horror is excellent, including The Unknown, West of Zanzibar and lots of other Chaney Sr. films...
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Freaks is kind of different, sort of in the line of Chaney movies (plus it is released on a DVD in a different series). Chaney's horrific films, aside from Phantom and Hunchback- and the lost London After Midnight (its being lost we can thank MGM for partially, as they loved to destroy prints of movies they remade [Mark of the Vampire being the remake], and the one known print of Midnight was destroyed in a warehouse fire in the sixties)- are sort of a reaction to the devastation of WWI, with all Chaney's various mutilations. What a confusing sentence.

Anyway, this little group of horror films from the thirties was a reaction to Universal's horror pictures for the most part, and it makes one wish MGM had made more, since the rest of their output from that decade-unless it came from some sort of bestseller- is pretty lame.
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A few other MGM films from the 1930s for those interested:

Night Must Fall - with Robert Montgomery (Elizabeth's father) as
Miracles for Sale - also by Tod Browning
The Unholy Three - Chaney's last film and his only talkie
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