The Mysterious House of Dr. C. (1976)

Genres - Children's/Family, Fantasy  |   Sub-Genres - Children's Fantasy  |   Release Date - Dec 1, 1966 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 88 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Walter Slezak plays Dr. Coppelius in this misleading titled fantasy feature. Not a horror flick as one might assume, The Mysterious House of Dr. C is a respectable adaptation of Ted and JoAnna Kneeland's ballet Coppelia. The non-dancing Slezak plays a daffy but essentially decent inventor who creates a "clockwork girl," who comes to life in the form of lovely American ballet star Claudia Corday. As the life-sized doll Swanilda, Corday is paired with Caj Selling of the Royal Swedish Ballet. A few beguiling animated sequences add icing to this spooky but nonthreatening confection. Mysterious House of Dr. C was one of a handful of films produced by Samuel Bronston after his fall from grace as King of the Historical Epics (El Cid, Fall of the Roman Empire, et. al.)

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ballet-dance, Britain, bull, choreographer, dance [art], doll, dream, house, laboratory, locked-up, mannequin, voice [speaking]