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 'good guy
' Mark English (William Sylvester, before 2001: A Space Odyssey
) 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 dummies are insulted
. Somehow, Vorelli's dummy turns the tables
at the close of the movie, and everything ends.
For the Mystery Science Theater 3000
version, please go to the episode recap page
Not to be confused with 1936 film The Devil-Doll
. And for the love of God, do not
confuse this movie with Black Devil Doll From Hell. You will thank us later.
Devil Doll provides examples of: