1937 · Universal City, CA
A Universal Crime Club mystery, second installment of the series (after "The Westland Case," 1937), based on William Edward Haynes' 1936 novel of the same name. Misanthropic Nelson Rood (Gordon) is a businessman who double-crosses his partners to control the fortune of an ore-rich Mexican mine. One day he finds a mysterious Mexican black doll on his desk, preceding a series of murders and the murders of suspects of those murders.
The score is sprinkled with pieces of other scores, including "Dracula's Daughter" (1936), "Werewolf of London" (1935), "The Raven" (1935), "Bride of Frankenstein" (1935), and "The Invisible Man" (1933), all previous Universal films.
Crime Club films (all based on Crime Club novels) include:
The Westland Case, 1937
The Black Doll, 1938
The Lady in the Morgue, 1938
Danger on the Air, 1938
The Last Express, 1938
The Last Warning. 1938
Gambling Ship, 1939
Mystery of the White Room, 1939
Inside Information, 1939
The Witness Vanishes, 1939
White brad-bound self wrappers, noting 7 reels, mimeograph duplication. Toning, else Near Fine.
Weaver, Universal Horrors. (Inventory #: 130886)