The Devil-Doll

Synopsis: Paul Lavond was a respected banker in Paris when he was framed for robbery and murder by crooked associates and sent to prison. Years later, he escapes with a friend, a scientist who was working on a method to reduce humans to a height of mere inches (all for the good of humanity, of course). Lavond however is consumed with hatred for the men who betrayed him, and takes the scientist's methods back to Paris to exact painful revenge.
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Director(s): Tod Browning
Production: MGM
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
78 min

Look! Look, look,

the little ones are falling down.

Naturally, I stopped concentrating.

- I broke the beam of thought.

- No man can do this.

But I did. You saw me do it.

But tonight, my friend,

I'll show you a complete success.

A little dog this high,

but perfect with an active brain.

- Malita, get the big dog.

- No, no, Marcel, not now.

- Rest.

- Rest? How can I rest? I tell you...

Oh, you've done enough tonight.

Have you any brandy?

- Yes.

- Come along.

Lachna, get some brandy, quick. Quick.

Prince, Prince, go upstairs. Go.

Brandy, brandy, you moron.

Now some hot broth. Hot broth!

What use are you? Go!

Malita, where did you get her?

In a Berlin slum.

She's an inbred peasant half-wit,

but I wanted no prying wits about me.

Did anyone know she came with you?

No, Marcel, no one knows.

A friend of Marcel's is a welcome guest.

I hope you can stay with us a long time.

You'll be safe here.

And you can help us with our work.

Oh, thank you very much, madame,

but I'm afraid that'll be impossible.

I have work to attend to myself.

You see, when a man saves an ambition

in a dirty dungeon

for 17 years,

it becomes almost an insane obsession.

Well, with Marcel it was science,

with me it was hate.

Hate and vengeance.

I may not look it, madame,

but I was once a very successful banker.

Three men, my partners,

lied and tricked me into prison.

Well, three lives are going to pay for it.

Well, now you know why I can't

take advantage of your hospitality.

I'm leaving for Paris and tomorrow.

- Malita.

- Yes, Marcel. I'm coming.


Marcel, please, that's all you can do now.

You must sleep.

No. No, I must see it through, every detail.

You've corrected her brain, Marcel.

She's no longer the stupid half-wit.

She's going to be beautiful.

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Garrett Fort

Garrett Elsden Fort (June 5, 1900 - October 26, 1945) was an American short story writer, playwright, and Hollywood screenwriter. He was also a close follower of Meher Baba. Fort made his screenwriting debut with the silent film, One of the Finest (1917). Early in his career, Fort co-wrote the Broadway play Jarnegan (1928), based on the novel by Jim Tully. Fort's first talkie effort was the ground-breaking Rouben Mamoulian production Applause (1929). In 2006 Applause was recognized as a culturally, historically and aesthetically significant film by the National Film Registry.Fort was adept at alternating horrific highlights with bits of unexpected humor. As a screenwriter he is best remembered for his work on the original screen adaptations of such horror / melodrama films as Dracula (1931), Frankenstein (1931), Dracula's Daughter (1936), and The Mark of Zorro (1940). more…

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