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Overview

In The Devil Doll, Falsely convicted Lionel Barrymore escapes from Devil's Island with fellow prisoner H.B. Walthall. A brilliant scientist, Walthall reveals to Barrymore that he has developed a process to shrink human beings. Upon Walthall's death, Barrymore makes his way back to the old scientist's lab, intending to use Walthall's formula to exact vengeance on those who have wronged him. He does so, clearing his name and securing the future happiness of his daughter Maureen O'Sullivan who believes that ...
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Overview

In The Devil Doll, Falsely convicted Lionel Barrymore escapes from Devil's Island with fellow prisoner H.B. Walthall. A brilliant scientist, Walthall reveals to Barrymore that he has developed a process to shrink human beings. Upon Walthall's death, Barrymore makes his way back to the old scientist's lab, intending to use Walthall's formula to exact vengeance on those who have wronged him. He does so, clearing his name and securing the future happiness of his daughter Maureen O'Sullivan who believes that Barrymore is dead in the process. But Barrymore's crazed assistant Rafaela Ottiano isn't satisfied. "We'll make the whole world small!" she hisses, forcing Barrymore to kill her and destroy the formula. To save his daughter from scandal, Barrymore disappears into the night, the implication being that he plans to commit suicide at the first opportunity. The excellent miniature work in The Devil Doll much of it accomplished with outsized sets, a la the Laurel and Hardy comedy Brats successfully takes the viewers' minds off the rather silly plot. Director Tod Browning was always stronger with atmosphere than with plot and dialogue, and this film is no exception. Far less logical than the miniaturization process is Barrymore's decision to disguise himself as an old woman, since this transparent guise wouldn't convince a 2-year-old in real life. Based on the novel Burn, Witch, Burn by Abraham Merritt, The Devil Doll was scripted by several hands, including Erich Von Stroheim.
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Special Features

Expert commentaries on 5 titles; Twice the Fright: 2 movies per Disc!; Closed Caption; Mad Love/The Devil Doll - Mad Love commentary by Steve Haberman, author of Chronicles of Terror; Doctor X/The Return of Doctor X - Doctor X commentary by Horror Scholar Scott MacQueen; The Return of Doctor X commentary by Director Vincent Sherman and Chronicles of Terror Author Steve Haberman; The Mark of The Vampire/The Mask of Fu Manchu - Mark of the Vampire commentary by Genre Historians Kim Newman and Steve Jones; The Mask of Fu Manchu commentary by Greg Mank, author of Karloff and Lugosi: A Story of a Haunting Collaboration
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/10/2006
  • UPC: 012569792876
  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
  • Presentation: Full Frame
  • Time: 6:52:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 15,433

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lionel Barrymore Paul Lavond (The Devil Doll)
Fay Wray Joanne Xavier in (Doctor X)
Peter Lorre Dr. Gogol (Mad Love)
Bela Lugosi Count Mora (Mark of the Vampire)
Boris Karloff Fu Manchu (The Mask of Fu Manchu)
Technical Credits
Tod Browning Director
Michael Curtiz Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Mad Love/ The Devil-Doll
1. Credits [1:02]
2. Yvonne's Admirers [3:52]
3. I Must See You Again [4:47]
4. Gogol's Galatea [2:47]
5. Rollo the Murderer [4:30]
6. Train Disaster [3:11]
7. Execution [2:15]
8. Gogol's Idea [2:46]
9. The Operation [4:47]
10. Rehabilitation [3:07]
11. Dangerous New Ability [4:23]
12. Nosy Reagan [4:16]
13. Life of Their Own [3:13]
14. You Must Be Mine! [5:08]
15. I Am Rollo [3:17]
16. Under Arrest [2:10]
17. Living Statue [3:06]
18. Fingerprint Match [4:28]
19. Kill What One Loves [2:22]
20. Dead Aim [1:59]
1. Credits [1:01]
2. Devil's Island Escapees [4:03]
3. Miniature Mutts [4:04]
4. Human Subject [6:25]
5. Fugitive at Large [2:26]
6. Mme. Mandilip [3:39]
7. Radin in His Clutches [4:08]
8. Visiting Lorraine [5:21]
9. Daughter of a Criminal [3:15]
10. I Have No Father [4:29]
11. If Levond Shows [2:01]
12. Objects of Beauty [2:42]
13. Thief in the Night [4:16]
14. Coulvet Pinned [3:02]
15. Dancing Dolls [1:47]
16. Behind the Mask [4:38]
17. Ornamental Intruder [4:46]
18. Matin Confesses [3:04]
19. Maniacal Malita [3:57]
20. Up in Flames [1:28]
21. Proper Ending [2:50]
22. A Father's Love [4:41]
Disc #2 -- Doctor X/The Return of Doctor X
1. Credits [:52]
2. Another Moon Murdered [4:49]
3. Dr. Xavier's Theory [5:11]
4. Dr. Wells [3:57]
5. Dr. Haines [3:26]
6. Dr. Rowitz [1:57]
7. Meddling Fools [2:58]
8. Have a Cigar [1:48]
9. Unwelcome Mat [4:35]
10. Blackstone Shoals [3:51]
11. Inside Man [2:54]
12. Parts to Play, Bones to Pick [3:13]
13. One Less Observer [3:52]
14. Terror Told in Tubes [3:01]
15. Scientific Victim [2:07]
16. Out of the Closet [2:56]
17. Staying the Night [3:01]
18. Body Harmer [2:00]
19. Terrible Thoughts [2:59]
20. Midnight Deadline [3:05]
21. All a Little Strange [2:47]
22. Synthetic Flesh [4:20]
23. Killer's Grasp [2:26]
24. Fiery Fall [2:13]
25. Ticklish Spot [1:29]
1. Credits [1:14]
2. Murdered and Missing [5:15]
3. Very Much Alive [2:42]
4. Dead White [3:25]
5. Blood and Date Lines [4:07]
6. His Number Was Up [3:47]
7. Quesne and Rabbit [3:30]
8. Artificial Quality [3:36]
9. Fill Her Up [1:47]
10. Graveyard Look [2:52]
11. The Lady is Ill [4:45]
12. The Lady is Dead [2:54]
13. Not-So-Natural Causes [2:30]
14. Dead Man Walking [3:37]
15. It's Alive [4:48]
16. Flegg's Confession [3:45]
17. Joan in Danger [3:09]
18. Return to the Grave [2:39]
19. Sign Him Up [1:18]
20. Cast List [:38]
Disc #3 -- Mark of the Vampire/ The Mask of Fu Manchu
1. Credits [:51]
2. Vampire Jitters [3:52]
3. Death in the Family [4:29]
4. Cause Unknown [1:58]
5. Fedor's Wounds [3:07]
6. Afraid of the Dark [3:06]
7. Irena's Visitor [2:39]
8. Corpse for a Lessee? [4:42]
9. A Matter of Souls [3:12]
10. Enter Count Mora [3:24]
11. Eerie Quartet [2:11]
12. Another Visitation [4:18]
13. Horrible Truth [1:58]
14. Lower Depths [3:59]
15. Nerves at Nightfall [3:08]
16. The Horror of It [3:51]
17. Reenacting One Year Ago [5:09]
18. Point of Murder [3:12]
19. All of Me [1:12]
1. Credits [:55]
2. Urgent Expedition [4:34]
3. Determined Daughter [2:16]
4. Torture of the Bell [5:34]
5. Genghis Khan's Curse [5:59]
6. Powerful Prophecy [2:19]
7. Deadly Sword Vigil [4:31]
8. Message From Fu [4:15]
9. Sword Forgery [3:43]
10. Not Unhandsome [1:55]
11. Smith's Instructions [2:28]
12. Diversionary Tactics [3:32]
13. Penetrating Fu's Lair [2:53]
14. Mind Control Serum [6:04]
15. Terry's Not Himself [3:50]
16. All Fu's Prisoners [3:38]
17. Torture Chambers [2:34]
18. Narrow Escapes [3:49]
19. High Voltage Rescue [1:27]
20. Giving Back the Sword [1:41]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Mad Love/ The Devil-Doll
   Mad Love
      Play Movie
      Scene Selections
      Special Features
         Commentary By Steve Haberman
         Theatrical Trailer
      Languages
         Spoken Language: English
         Subtitles: English
         Subtitles: Français
         Subtitles: Español
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   The Devil-Doll
      Play Movie
      Scene Selections
      Theatrical Trailer
      Languages
         Spoken Language: English
         Subtitles: English
         Subtitles: Français
         Subtitles: Español
         Subtitles: Off
Disc #2 -- Doctor X/The Return of Doctor X
   Doctor X
      Play Movie
      Scene Selections
      Special Features
         Commentary By Scott MacQueen
         Theatrical Trailer
      Languages
         Spoken Language: English
         Subtitles: English
         Subtitles: Français
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   The Return of Doctor X
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      Scene Selections
      Special Features
         Commentary By Vincent Sherman and Steve Haberman
         Theatrical Trailer
      Languages
         Spoken Language: English
         Subtitles: English
         Subtitles: Français
         Subtitles: Español
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Disc #3 -- Mark of the Vampire/ The Mask of Fu Manchu
   Mark of the Vampire
      Play Movie
      Scene Selections
      Special Features
         Commentary By Kim Newman and Steve Jones
         Theatrical Trailer
      Languages
         Spoken Languages: English
         Subtitles: English
         Subtitles: Français
         Subtitles: Español
         Subtitles: Off
   The Mask of Fu Manchu
      Play Movie
      Scene Selection
      Special Features
         Commentary By Greg Mank
      Languages
         Spoken Languages: English
         Subtitles: English
         Subtitles: Français
         Subtitles: Español
         Subtitles: Off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Pre-Code Horror

    The films in this set vary wildly in content, style, and quality, but all are worthy of a viewing, and some are out-right classics. The weakest titles in this set are the two from Tod Browning, Mark of the Vampire and Devil Doll, and the Bogart oddity, Return of Dr. X. Mark of the Vampire looks like a museum piece, with its static camera and cop-out non-supernatural ending. Devil Doll is better, if only for the outrageous plot and the spectacle of Lionel Barrymore in drag. Alone in this box, Return of Dr. X is a post-Preduction Code title, and it shows. Everything about it feels toothless and safe, with none of the flair or passion that even the cheapest and most incompetant hack-work had in the Pre-Code era. The other films in the set are a different story, though. Mask of Fu Manchu is pulpy fun, with Karloff as the "Yellow Peril incarnate" and the very sexy Myrna Loy as his sadistic daughter. The last two films in this set are truly out-standing. Mad Love features great performances from Peter Lorre, Colin Clive, and Frances Drake, has a marvelously demented plot, and is shot with exquisite style by Karl Freund. A film that easily justifies its classic reputation. Doctor X was the surprise in the set for me. Directed by Michael Curtiz in two-strip technicolor, the film feels like an odd mish-mash of a Fleisher Superman cartoon and a David Lynch film. The beautiful, but patently unrealistic color gives everything a dream-like feeling, and during a climatic scene, that dream turns nightmarish. The reveal of the identity of the film's "Moon Killer" is a two minute tour-de-force, a sequence of great power and genuine horror. Doctor X and Mad Love alone make this set worthwhile, but all of the titles are interesting if only for their value as curios.

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