Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)




Critic Consensus: A classic. The definitive version of the Robert Louis Stevenson novella from 1931, with innovative special effects, atmospheric cinematography and deranged overacting.

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This first sound version of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic morality tale stars Fredric March as the kindly, philanthropic Dr. Jekyll. Fascinated with the notion that within each man lurk impulses for both Good and Evil, Jekyll develops a drug to release the wickedness in himself.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Louis Stevenson, Percy Heath, Samuel Hoffenstein
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 6, 2004
Paramount Pictures


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Critic Reviews for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (4)

Camera trick of changing a central figure from the handsome Fredric March into the bestial, ape-like monster Hyde, carries a terrific punch, but in each successive use of the device -- and it is repeated four times -- it weakens in hair-raising effort.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Dr Jekyll combines gothic horror, aristocratic romance and madcap Freudian psychodrama into a dizzying, exhilarating brew.

Full Review… | December 12, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

A remarkable achievement that deserves to be much better known.

Full Review… | September 26, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Fredric March is the stellar performer in this blood-curdling shadow venture.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

This most enduring adaptation of the Faustian moral fable is totally satisfying.

Full Review… | October 6, 2013
Radio Times

Fredric March received his first Best Actor Oscar for playing the titular roles in Mamoulian's moody and haunting version of Stevenson's novella.

Full Review… | February 4, 2013

Audience Reviews for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde


The overacting is too much for me but the transformation scenes are pretty cool. A classic, but not for me.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer


Robert Louis Stevenson's cautionary tale of obsession and dark passions is given fine treatment by Mamoulian, the make-up artists and, of course, Fredric March as the young impatient doctor who cannot wait to taste the fruits of life. Miriam Hopkins, too, is in rare form as the not-so-sweet object of desire.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

who could compete with that sizzling seductive whisper..."come back...SOON...." with a sexy leg rolling by the bedside to scratch your libido into thousands of visceral hard-ons...ha! now i'm being bawdy. maybe just slightly obscene?

Veronique Kwak

Super Reviewer

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