|May All Your Christmas Dreams Come True... from "The Devil-Doll"|
The Devil Doll (1936) - Movie review plus screencaps:
In "The Devil-Doll," Lionel Barrymore plays an escaped convict who befriends a pair of mad scientists, and uses their methods of shrinking and mind-controlling humans and animals to exact revenge against the men who framed him for murder.
|Mad Scientist Lab Equipment|
This is a strange little sci-fi flick from the 1930s. Lionel Barrymore gains the ability to shrink humans and animals to doll-size, and control them with his mind. So he disguises himself as a toymaker, and smuggles his devil-dolls into his victims homes as Christmas presents and Christmas tree ornaments, to rob and murder the men who framed him. Oh, and did I mention he disguises himself as a FEMALE
toymaker? Yes, he spends the majority of the film in drag.
|Lionel Barrymore in Drag|
The shrinking effects must have been state-of-the-art at the time, and are still a lot of fun. Watching knife-wielding shrunken people creep around their victims bedrooms in the middle of the night is a real hoot. The film falters a bit when it brings in the subplot of Barrymore's daughter and mother, who have been shamed and made destitute by Barrymore being a criminal, and it tries to tie everything up in a happy ending for them which is pretty lame, but the sort of thing that was expected of movies back then, I guess.
Christmas elements in "The Devil-Doll" include:
|A Killer Doll|
- The film is set during the Christmas season
- A Christmas tree and Christmas tree ornaments figure prominently
- A Devil-Doll is purchased as a Christmas present
- Much of the film takes place at a toy making shop
Overall, even though the film has it's faults, it's still I fun way
to spend an hour and 15 minutes, and it's a must-see if you're a fan of vintage mad scientist movies. Plus, it makes for great family viewing around
More screencaps after the jump...
|Rating: 3 Robots (out of 5)|
|Transvestite Beauty Queen|
|Devil-Doll on the Slab|
|It's Not a Toy|
|Bride of Lab Equipment|
|Son of Lab Equipment|
|Toys in the Window|
|Devil-Doll With a Knife|
|Distinguished Looking Criminals|
|Mystified by Weird Case|
|A Coded Threat|
|The Threat is Deciphered|
|A Perfectly Reasonable Christmas Tree Ornament|
|New Species of Monkeys Found in South Africa!|
|The Toy Shop is Destroyed|
Think I will look this one up! ThanksReplyDelete