Devil Doll, The (1936): Tod Browning’s Horror, Starring Cross-Dressing Lionel Barrymore

Tod Browning directed The Devil-Doll, a horror film starring a cross-dressing Lionel Barrymore and Maureen O’Sullivan as his daughter.

The movie was adapted from the 1932 novel “Burn Witch Burn!” by Abraham Merritt.

Paul Lavond (Barrymore), wrongly convicted of robbing his own Paris bank and killing a night watchman, escapes Devil’s Island with Marcel (Henry B. Walthall), a scientist trying to create a formula to reduce people substantially in size.

Marketed as a novelty thriller, The Devil-Doll was not a financial success, although it did receive some praise from critics.

Lionel Barrymore as Paul Lavond
Maureen O’Sullivan as Lorraine Lavond
Frank Lawton as Toto
Rafaela Ottiano as Malita
Robert Greig as Emil Coulvet
Lucy Beaumont as Madame Lavond
Henry B. Walthall as Marcel
Grace Ford as Lachna
Pedro de Cordoba as Charles Matin
Arthur Hohl as Victor Radin
Juanita Quigley as Marguerite Coulvet
Claire Du Brey as Madame Coulvet (as Claire du Brey)
Rollo Lloyd as Detective Maurice