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"Confess and be saved"
- Jeff Boston
In this 1936 film, director Browning (who lorded over 1931's "Dracula") and his fellow writers essentially took much from "Bride of Frankenstein" (1935). In both films, there is: a thin, white-haired mad scientist intent on playing God; a wide-eyed "woman" with a white streak in her big hair; an angelic old blind person; both overt and subtle Christian teaching; a European setting; miniature doll-like people in scenes with (still) amazing special effects; a rather odd character (Karl in "Bride" and Toto here); and a monster (the great Barrymore is fantastically frightening in drag). Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
Imagination To Revenge To Vindication To Love
- Joe Capitan
What a masterful story with the perfect cast. Barrymore is so versatile; only here and in later his role in "Its a Wonderful Life" can demonstrate so brilliant and actor, as he was. But best of all was Ms. Rafaela Ottiano; talk about versatility.....!. She was the master of imagination, the centerpiece to plot revenge and vindication which all made it believable. A great picture that should be seen by all to understand how Love wins in the end.
The Devil Doll
I really did enjoy watching this film, with special effects that it I can imagine the audience's reaction at that time. BTW: When Osbourn mentioned Rafaela Ottiano, who played Malita, he stated that this wonderful character actress played Mae West's maid in 'She Done Him Wrong'. She actually played the character Russian Rita...
The Devil Doll (1936)
- Mr. Blandings
Incredibly entertaining and engrossing film that is sort of "The Invisible Man" meets "Mrs. Doubtfire" and "Toy Story." If that sounds like an odd mix, that's because it is--but in a good way. This movie defies the standard tale of "good guy/bad guy" and works so well because Lionel Barrymore is such a superb and amazing actor. Maureen O'Sullivan turns in a good performance, as well, as Barrymore's long-suffering daughter (reminding me of her touching role in "Payment Deferred"). I don't want to give away any of the plot, so just do yourself a favor and watch it--you'll be glad you did. The special effects, btw, are fantastic and should raise the eyebrows of even those weened on CGI. ****
The Devil-Doll (1936)
What an interesting film, the special effects are amazing, especially for 1936. ood cast. It is a little over the top but it's an excellent film.
Lionel Barrymore in Devil-Doll
This is a great movie. I think Lionel Barrrymore is so under-rated as far as the great Barrymores go, he is by far the best. I just cannot get enough of him.