Fun Size Review: The Doll (1919)

Ernst Lubitsch wows again with a surreal bit of comedy concerning a timid young man who buys a doll to pose as his wife, thus avoiding actually having to marry. The only problem is that the doll is a live woman, comedy star Ossi Oswalda.

So we have a woman posing as a doll posing as a woman. Raucous, joyous and more than a little strange, this early Lubitsch is an unparalleled delight.

How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.

Our bachelor finally figures out that Ossi is real and falls in love with her, which is very convenient as they are already married.

Read my full-length review here.

If it were a dessert it would be: Robot Cake. Who says machines can’t be tasty?

Availability: Released on DVD and as part of the Lubitsch in Berlin box set. Eureka has released the set on Region B Bluray.

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3 Comments

  1. amycondit

    Your review makes me want to watch this film right away! I plan on checking it out tonight! I went to see “The Oyster Princess”/”I Don’t Want to be a Man”/”Forbidden Paradise”, and “To Be or Not to Be”/”One Hour with You” at UCLA in 2018 for the “How did Lubitsch do it? Ernst Lubitsch Revisited” series. “The Doll” sounds like another charming, funny film from his silent period so I’m looking forward to it!

  2. Shari Polikoff

    I, too, was spurred on by Movies Silently to explore the Lubitsch silents, having long since fallen in love with ‘Ninotchka,’ ‘To Be or Not to Be,’ and so many of his other sound features. I fell in love again, especially with the wacky comedies starring the adorable Ossi.

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