History Film / DevilDoll

3rd Dec '17 4:27:57 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* BeardOfEvil: Vorelli has one, which totally makes him look like the devil.

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* BeardOfEvil: Vorelli has one, which totally makes him look like the devil. [[spoiler: It's a fake beard, meaning this pretty much has to be intentional.]]
16th Nov '17 6:27:40 PM twingle93
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** Then again, Vorelli might not have the administrative skills or the interest in rulership, plus it would make him a target. Vorelli can just take what he desires without the hassle, and he has Hugo to do his dirty work.
3rd Nov '17 6:23:31 AM DragonQuestZ
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* PrettyInMink: We immediately know Marianne has money since she has a white fox wrapped draped over her chair when she first appears.
18th Aug '17 4:14:13 PM MarkLungo
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* UselessProtagonist: English in no way facilitates the resolution of all that's made wrong...not even his urgent trip to Berlin, nor the consultations with the experts. [[spoiler: Because of this, it makes Hugo TheHero.]]

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* UselessProtagonist: English in no way facilitates the resolution of all that's made wrong...not even his urgent trip to Berlin, UsefulNotes/{{Berlin}}, nor the consultations with the experts. [[spoiler: Because of this, it makes Hugo TheHero.]]
18th Aug '17 4:12:27 PM MarkLungo
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''Devil Doll'' is a 1964 British film about hypnotist-cum-ventriloquist "The Great Vorelli" (Bryant Halliday) in his struggle to prove to the people who laughed at him long ago that yes, he ''can'' transfer a mind into the body of a wooden vent figure. At one show, by what seems to be pure serendipity, the '[[DesignatedHero good guy]]' Mark English (William Sylvester, before ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'') ropes his girlfriend Marianne (Yvonne Romain) into volunteering for Vorelli's act. English's obsessive skepticism results in acquisition of expert testimony and even an impromptu, depressing trip to Germany. Along the way, minds are controlled, people are menaced with knives, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking dummies are insulted]]. Somehow, Vorelli's dummy [[MistreatmentInducedBetrayal turns the tables]] at the close of the movie, and everything ends.

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''Devil Doll'' is a 1964 British film about hypnotist-cum-ventriloquist "The Great Vorelli" (Bryant Halliday) in his struggle to prove to the people who laughed at him long ago that yes, he ''can'' transfer a mind into the body of a wooden vent figure. At one show, by what seems to be pure serendipity, the '[[DesignatedHero "[[DesignatedHero good guy]]' guy]]" Mark English (William Sylvester, before ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'') ropes his girlfriend Marianne (Yvonne Romain) into volunteering for Vorelli's act. English's obsessive skepticism results in acquisition of expert testimony and even an impromptu, depressing trip to Germany.UsefulNotes/{{Germany}}. Along the way, minds are controlled, people are menaced with knives, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking dummies are insulted]]. Somehow, Vorelli's dummy [[MistreatmentInducedBetrayal turns the tables]] at the close of the movie, and everything ends.
18th Aug '17 4:11:11 PM MarkLungo
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12th Apr '16 6:05:43 AM lady_peaseblossom
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* GrandTheftMe: A rare heroic example-- [[spoiler: at the end of the film Hugo forcibly swaps bodies with Vorelli, trapping the magician in the body of the doll.]]
22nd Dec '15 8:25:05 PM wrm5
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* SpannerInTheWorks: Grace, Vorelli's replacement assistant; [[spoiler:she interrupts him in the last scene before he can reinforce the {{Geas}} on Hugo -- and after he opens the door to Hugo's cage, allowing the puppet to destroy the plans of the Great Vorelli.]]

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* SpannerInTheWorks: Grace, Vorelli's replacement assistant; [[spoiler:she interrupts him in the last scene before he can reinforce the {{Geas}} MindControl on Hugo -- and after he opens the door to Hugo's cage, allowing the puppet to destroy the plans of the Great Vorelli.]]
20th Dec '15 5:38:09 PM wrm5
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* SpannerInTheWorks: Grace, Vorelli's replacement assistant; [[spoiler:she interrupts him in the last scene before he can tighten the RestrainingBolt on Hugo -- and after he opens the door to Hugo's cage, allowing the puppet to destroy the plans of the Great Vorelli.]]

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* SpannerInTheWorks: Grace, Vorelli's replacement assistant; [[spoiler:she interrupts him in the last scene before he can tighten reinforce the RestrainingBolt {{Geas}} on Hugo -- and after he opens the door to Hugo's cage, allowing the puppet to destroy the plans of the Great Vorelli.]]
16th Dec '15 11:55:01 AM wrm5
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* MisappliedPhlebotinum: So you have vast and fearsome powers over the human mind. You're capable of hypnotizing people to do your will with a mere glance, forcing them to live their darkest nightmares, re-writing their personalities, or even taking their very '''souls''' from their bodies -- and you use these powers to ''perform in a stage show?'' One could argue that Vorelli gets off on being a DevilInPlainSight and that it's not about material gain, except that the entire movie is about him using his power to get his hands on Marianne's money; even when he's performing overtly criminal acts he still aims low.

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* MisappliedPhlebotinum: So you have vast and fearsome powers over the human mind. You're capable of hypnotizing people to do your will with a mere glance, forcing them to live their darkest nightmares, re-writing their personalities, or even taking their very '''souls''' from their bodies -- and you use these powers to ''perform in a stage show?'' One could argue that Vorelli gets off on being a DevilInPlainSight and that it's not about material gain, except that the entire movie is about him using his power to get his hands on Marianne's money; even money. Sure that's something, but he's still settling for grand theft when power like this could easily let him rule his own country if not the entire world. Even when he's performing overtly criminal acts he still aims low.



* UselessProtagonist: Essentially, English in no way facilitates the resolution of all that's made wrong...not even his urgent trip to Berlin, nor the consultations with the experts. [[spoiler: Because of this, it makes Hugo TheHero.]]

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* UselessProtagonist: Essentially, UselessProtagonist: English in no way facilitates the resolution of all that's made wrong...not even his urgent trip to Berlin, nor the consultations with the experts. [[spoiler: Because of this, it makes Hugo TheHero.]]
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