The Doll

TCM | 8:00 pm

Making its bow on TCM, Ernst Lubitsch's charming 1919 fantasy borrows the framework of its story from a 19th-century operetta and stories reaching back even further. Played out on highly stylized sets, the tale follows meek Lancelot (Hermann Thimig), who has been ordered by his iron-willed uncle, a baron, to find a bride immediately. Lancelot flees to a monastery, where the monks help him hatch a scheme to wed a mechanical doll instead (Ossi Oswalda, in what becomes a delightful dual role).