The Devil-Doll 1936

An escaped convict uses miniaturized humans to wreak vengeance on those that framed him.

The Cast

Lionel Barrymore-Paul Lavond
Maureen O'Sullivan-Lorraine Lavond
Frank Lawton-Toto
Rafaela Ottiano-Malita
Robert Greig-Emil Coulvet
Lucy Beaumont-Mme. Lavond
Henry B. Walthall-Marcel
Grace Ford-Lachna

The Director: Tod Browning
The Writers: Garrett Fort, Guy Endore, Erich von Stroheim, Tod Browning, Abraham Merritt, Richard Schayer
Music by: Franz Waxman

Film Trivia

Madame Mandilip's special dolls are costumed as members of vicious street gangs known as the Apache (pronounced ah-PAHSH), who were involved in theft, prostitution, and the occasional murder in pre-World War I Paris. The dolls even perform the Apache dance popularized by the gangs, in which extremely close steps alternate with seemingly brutal punches, kicks, hair-pulling, spins, and throws; it was usually danced to the Valse des rayons (aka Valse chaloupée) composed by Jacques Offenbach. In the 1930s and 1940s, this dance was still performed by professional dancers and can be seen in several films and even cartoons of the period.
Last completed film of Henry B. Walthall. He died on June 17, 1936 while working on China Clipper (1936). In that film, the script was re-written to have his character die off-screen.
The initial 50,000 franc reward for Paul's capture would equal about $3,000 at the time or $55,000 in 2018.
Francis McDonald (Detective) and Inez Palange (Concierge) are in studio records/casting call lists as cast members for their roles, but they did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie.
This film had its first television showing in Los Angeles Friday 14 December 1956 on KTTV (Channel 2), followed by Seattle Sunday 16 December 1956 on KING (Channel 5); it first aired in Hartford CT 16 January 1957 on WHCT (Channel 18), in New York City 28 January 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Minneapolis 16 March 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), in Chicago 23 March 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Syracuse 1 April 1957 on WHEN (Channel 8), in Philadelphia 2 April 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6) , in Lubbock TX 1 May 1957 on KCBD (Channel 11), in San Francisco 13 January 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), and in Altoona PA 11 March 1958 on WFBG (Channel 10).
The main theme music was later used by its uncredited composer, Bronislau Kaper, as the basis for Greta Garbo's rhumba sequence ("Chica Choco") in Two Faced Woman (1941).