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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

Today’s image comes from a not commonly seen old Hollywood oddity called The Devil Doll, starring Lionel Barrymore and Maureen O’Sullivan and directed by Freaks and Dracula director Tod Browning.

Think of it as the creepier Mrs. Doubtfire. It’s a revenge tale as an escaped convict pretends to be an old woman running a doll store… as he exacts his revenge on those that let him wrongfully rot in prison by shrinking them 1/3 their height. You know, a totally sane and normal plot for a film.

It’s pretty good, actually. Barrymore doesn’t make a good looking woman, but that’s kind of the point. It’s just a really odd bird of a film, one of those “can’t really believe this one exists” types.

Today’s photo comes from the making of the film and features Lionel Barrymore having a smoke while in his Madame Mandilip get-up. Hope you enjoy, click to enlargen.



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Tomorrow’s pic shows the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

-Eric Vespe
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Click here to visit the complete compilation of previous Behind the Scenes images, Page One
(warning: there are some broken links that will be fixed as soon as I can get around to it)

Click here to visit the complete compilation of previous Behind the Scenes images, Page Two

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  • Sept. 3, 2012, 8:16 a.m. CST


    by MasterControlProgram

    Never heard of it before

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 8:16 a.m. CST

    -- End of Line --

    by MasterControlProgram

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Casablanca AGAIN tomorrow? Can't beat the classics, eh?

    by LeonardsBellbottoms

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 8:22 a.m. CST

    ..Or maybe it'll be from Turner & Hooch?

    by LeonardsBellbottoms

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 9:03 a.m. CST

    I have a couple friends who love MRS. DOUBTFIRE...

    by Logan_1973

    They're warped, I know. I can't wait to show them this photo or maybe hunt down the movie itself. I always knew DOUBTFIRE wasn't as original as everyone thought.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Not too odd, really

    by DrGogol

    If you look at Tod Browning's work, you'll see that Devil Doll is actually him returning to the well. Dudes dressing up like chicks for nefarious purposes is kind of a running theme with that guy. Check out The Terrible Trio.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 9:44 a.m. CST

    What's that movie with Alistair Sim in drag?

    by tangcameo

    I think he plays a narcoleptic headmistress of some girls school.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 10:26 a.m. CST


    by Raskolnikov_was_framed

    nobody says Doubtfire is in drag films are as old as film have Tootsie, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the 1988 Hairspray, Some Like It Hot, The Crying Game, Alec Guiness played a woman in The Kind Hearts of Coronets in 1949...fuck Charlie Chaplin was in drag in A Busy Day in to be having some feud with your friends over the originality of a man dressing in drag is silly...both that your friends think Doubtfire is original, and you for thinking you've found this kryptonite to their opinion, when you should already have a laundry list of films to prove your point...I'm assuming it's the man in drag thing you're on about, since the plot of The Devil Doll is NOTHING like the plot of Mrs. Doubtfire

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 10:35 a.m. CST

    The movies you refer to Tangcameo are...

    by Darkness

    The St. Trinians flicks; later to be made with, er, Rupert Everett in the role. The Tod Browning picture, "The Devil Doll" was a rarely seen flick on release; the director is to this day still uncredited from the piece. It's a really efective film, with a fantastic, creepy central performance by, Barrymore. Brownings, "Freaks" is still one the most innovative and daring films ever produced - especially within the decade of it's release, and still holds up today.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Barbarella dolls and trilogy of terror doll FTW

    by UltraTron

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Talking Tina is their leader.

    by UltraTron

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Trilogy of Terror doll...

    by AlphaChimp

    That thing gave me some serious nightmares as a kid when i first saw it back in the 70's.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 11:06 a.m. CST


    by Logan_1973

    I don't disagree with anything you've written, you're right of course. And I've referenced those films to them many times. And it's not really an arguement as much as friendly jabbing. But it is uncanny how the BTS pic today looks a lot like Robin in drag.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Okay, I may have to track this down...

    by Bill C.

    The idea of Lionel frigging Barrymore in drag is just too damn off the beam.

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 3:53 p.m. CST


    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 5:04 p.m. CST

    nasty ib the pasty... get a good browser

    by MurderMostFowl

    It works in safari, FireFox and my android browser...,what are you running?

  • Sept. 3, 2012, 8:54 p.m. CST

    When I was a kid ...

    by Yer_Maw

    ... and yes, I'm talking the late 70s/early 80s here, the BBC used to show double-bills of classic horror flicks on Friday nights (the only thing I was allowed to stay up late for). The Devil Doll was one of them and I always think of it as part of that 'golden age' collection. And it definitely creeped me out at that age. Must check it out again.