Before we get to the 1964 film Devil Doll (and yes, I have to specify which one because…well, you didn’t think there could just be one film with that title, did you?) let’s hit a couple other old-time radio favorites, shall we? First we go to Quiet Please, a radio show from the late 1940s and the episode “Tanglefoot.” I’ve written a story myself about messing around with making what are essentially designer insects. It never goes the way you intend, you know.
Next, the most popular episode of Suspense: “Sorry Wrong Number.” Agnes Moorehead overhears a plot to commit murder over the telephone and tries to prevent this from coming to pass. It was produced seven times for radio and turned into a movie three times. This is the first of the radio adaptations.
And now…a tale of magic, hypnotism, and ventriloquist’s dummies–and those dummies are inherently evil, I think we can all agree. In all honesty, if you’re not on board with this film in the first twenty seconds, then I have no idea how to help you. Enjoy.