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It stars William Sylvester and Yvonne Romain. Doll theatre dvds audience observes tension between the ventriloquist and his dummy. American reporter Mark English William Sylvester becomes fascinated with Vorelli, and solicits his girlfriend Marianne Horn Yvonne Romain to go with him to another show. At the following show, Vorelli asks a member of his audience onto the stage. When no one volunteers, English encourages Marianne to go up. Vorelli succeeds in hypnotizing her and making her dance the Twist with an uncredited Ray Landor, an "expert in modern dance".
Marianne is left partially hypnotized by Vorelli, who recognizes her as a wealthy heiress. English, wanting to do a story on Vorelli and his unique powers, gets Marianne to invite Vorelli to her aunt's charity ball. Vorelli has already decided to go to the ball, having read about it in the newspaper and seeing it as an opportunity to seduce Marianne. The night of the ball, Vorelli stays at the mansion of Marianne's aunt, where he seduces her after using his power to subdue her will. In the meantime, Hugo miraculously appears in English's room and asks him for help. Hugo repeats "" and "Berlin" before disappearing.
The Doll theatre dvds day, English begins an investigation into Vorelli's past. Meanwhile, Marianne falls into a semi- coma that the doctors cannot alleviate. In one lucid moment, she tells English that, "He keeps calling me" and, "Make him stop". Through a colleague, English discovers that Vorelli had once been a disgraced medical doctor who dabbled in Eastern magic. The colleague traces Vorelli to Berlin and guides English to a former female assistant of Vorelli's who lives there.
She tells English that another assistant, "Hugo", had worked for Vorelli inand would be hypnotized into a state where he could not feel pain as part of their act. The female Doll theatre dvds says that she would catch the two in strange conferences.
One night, Vorelli killed Hugo on stage and simultaneously transferred his soul into the dummy. Vorelli was cleared in the death, and no one believed the female assistant's story. Vorelli's current assistant, who is also his lover, becomes jealous of his relationship with Marianne.
Vorelli then hires a new, younger assistant whom he also puts under his physical and sexual control. During English's trip to Berlin, Vorelli visits the still-hypnotized Marianne in her home and tells her to announce that she is going to marry him.
Vorelli confides to Hugo that he plans to marry Marianne in Spain and transfer her spirit into a companion doll for Hugo before letting her body die. Hugo escapes from his cage, smashes Doll theatre dvds face of the female doll intended for Marianne, and attacks Vorelli. The two struggle as the film then cuts to English heading towards the room. When he enters, Vorelli speaks in Hugo's voice and tells English that Hugo has now transferred his soul into Vorelli's body and vice versa and that Marianne will be fine.
From Hugo's former puppet body, Vorelli begs for help from English, who does not respond as the film ends. Frederick E. He said that one of the conditions of cashing his cheque was that he had surrendered any rights of resale of the story. The film's script was originally written in Doll theatre dvdsfilm producer Richard Gordon announced in an interview that he obtained the film rights to the story.
Sidney J. Furie was originally scheduled to direct but was offered a more prestigious film, so he recommended his fellow Canadian Lindsay Shonteff. Richard Gordon later said Furie advised Shonteff throughout the making of the film. The latter includes a couple of scenes of topless female nudity, considered risque for its time.
It features a strip tease done under hypnosis, and some topless women shots. It was distributed in the United States by Joe Solomon. Blockbuster Entertainment gave the film four stars. An exquisitely tailored, sharply edited sleeper. Variety was negative towards the film, calling it "slow paced" and its " gimmick " being done better in 's The Great Gabbo and 's Dead of Night.
William Sylvester's acting was praised by the magazine, adding that Bryant Halliday's role was dependent on his voice. The episode was released on DVD by Shout! Factory on 9 November This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.
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