Devil Doll (1963)

UK, 1963
76m 49s (UK – video (PAL)), 81m
35mm film, black and white
mono (Westrex Recording System), English

A British horror film directed by Lindsay Shonteff and an uncredited Sidney J. Furie.

Plot Summary

Ventriloquist and hypnotist The Great Vorelli wows audiences with his amazing dummy Hugo which seems to have a life of its own – in fact, it’s been possessed by the soul of Vorelli’s former stage partner. When Vorelli falls in love with beautiful heiress Marianne and tries to hypnotise her, he causes her to fall into a coma and his mistress Magda threatens to expose his crime. Vorelli sends Hugo to kill her…


* = uncredited

Directed by: Lindsay Shonteff, Sidney J. Furie *
© Galaworldfilm Productions Limited MCMLXIII [1963]
Galaworldfilm Productions Ltd and Gordon Films, Inc. present
Executive Producer: Kenneth Rive
Produced by: Lindsay Shonteff
Screenplay by: George Barclay [real name: Ronald Kinnoch] and Lance Z. Hargreaves [real name: Charles F. Vetter]
From an Original Story by: Frederick Escreet Smith
Director of Photography: Gerald Gibbs
Film Editor: Ernest Bullingham
Sound Recordist: Derek McColm
Wardrobe: Mary Gibson
Make-up: Jack Craig
Hair: Ann Fordyce
Art Director: Stan Shields
Made at Merton Park Studios, London, England

William Sylvester (Mark English)
Bryant Haliday (The Great Vorelli)
Yvonne Romain (Marianne Horn)
Sandra Dorne (Magda Gardinas)
Nora Nicholson (Aunt Eva)
Alan Gifford (Bob Garrett)
Karel Stepanek (Dr Heller)
Francis de Wolff (Dr Keisling)

Alternative Titles

Il mostro e le vergini – Italy
El muñeco diabólico – Spain
Il pupazzo diabolico – Italy (television)



  • Castle of Frankenstein 1967 Annual p.38
  • Supernatural no.1 (January 1969) p.13 – illustrated note (Top ten)


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  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.153
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.10, 105, 122-24, 123, 136, 157, 189, 197, 275
  • Faster and Furiouser: The Revised and Fattened Fable of American International Pictures by Mark Thomas McGee pp.307
  • Feature Films, 1960-1969: A Filmography of English-language and Major Foreign-language United States Releases by Harris M. Lentz III p.103
  • The Horror Hits of Richard Gordon by Tom Weaver pp.96-119 – illustrated credits, synopsis, interview with Richard Gordon
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.97 – credits
  • Sixties Shockers by Mark Clark and Bryan Senn pp.140-141
  • Uneasy Dreams: The Golden Age of British Horror Films, 1956-1976 by Gary A. Smith pp.73-74
  • Unsung Horrors by Eric McNaughton & Darrell Buxton (eds) pp.144-145 – illustrated review (by David Dent)
  • X-Cert: The British Independent Horror Film: 1951-1970 by John Hamilton pp.136-142; 232