|The House of 1,000 Dolls|
|Directed by||Jeremy Summers|
|Written by||Harry Alan Towers (as "Peter Welbeck")|
|Produced by||Louis M. Heyward (executive)|
Harry Alan Towers (producer)
|Edited by||Allan Morrison|
|Music by||Charles Camilleri|
|Distributed by||American International Pictures|
The House of 1,000 Dolls is a 1967 Harry Alan Towers German-Spanish international co-production white slavery thriller starring Vincent Price. It has been described as "quite possibly the sleaziest movie AIP ever made". The film is set in Tangier. Released initially in Spain under the Spanish title La casa de las mil muñecas, it was not released in the United States until November 1967.
Stephen Armstrong (George Nader), vacationing with his wife Marie in Tangiers, runs into an old friend and learns he is searching for his missing girlfriend who was kidnapped by an international gang of white slavers.
The kidnappers are nightclub magician Manderville (Vincent Price) and his mentalist partner Rebecca (Martha Hyer). Under the guise of their nightclub act, they hypnotize and kidnap young women for the white slavers, and spirit them away to an exclusive brothel called "The House of 1000 Dolls." Stephen continues the investigation when his friend is murdered.
The film originated with Harry Alan Towers, who shot the movie in Madrid and got Samuel Arkoff at AIP to contribute financing.
At one stage Terence Fisher was announced as director. Vic Damone was mentioned as going to support Vincent Price and Martha Hyer, but he ended up being replaced by George Nader.
Filming began in November 1966. Knowing that local censors would prohibit filming, Towers gave them a copy of Abe Lincoln in Illinois and hired an actor to walk around the set dressed like Abraham Lincoln in case the censors dropped by.
According to Price in a 1984 interview, he had been signed on to the project without full knowledge of what the film would be about. After his scenes were shot, "Martha Hyer and I were led off ... so we went to visit on the set and we found that they were remaking all of the scenes we'd been in, but a pornographic version of it." He added, "I never got to see it."
The Chicago Tribune called the film "not even bad enough to be good... [a] bargain basement backfire that is strictly discount Price."
The New York Times described the film as containing "routine sleuthing, double-crossing and chasing."