“The Devil-Doll” (1936)

Lionel Barrymore in drag! This one looks like a must-see!

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The Devil-Doll poster_1936 Contrary to the popular belief, the devil doesn’t appear in the movie.

This charming old gem is not a well-known horror. Its director, Tod Browning, is famous for “Dracula” from 1931 and “Freaks” from 1932. Still, “The Devil-Doll” is worth-watching for a few scenes that are ahead of its time.

The plot is not complicated. The protagonist, Lavond (Lionel Barrymore), is a banker who was wrongly convicted and received life sentence. He escapes after 17 years and seeks revenge against three men who framed him. What follows is a series of events that create a planned and cruel revenge. Three men are pursued one by one. The banker also tries to reconcile with his adult daughter (Maureen O’Sullivan). She feels deepest remorse towards her father. Lavond cannot tell her the truth of his innocence since he changed his appearance as the police are after him. He uses for his revenge…

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