Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1920

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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Scientist Dr. Henry Jekyll (John Barrymore) is intelligent and diligent, but also uptight and extremely serious about his work. When his friend, Sir George Carew (Brandon Hurst), takes him to a show featuring the sensual Miss Gina (Nita Naldi), an aroused Jekyll sets out on a quest to separate man's saintly and sinful sides. His experiments succeed, and his evil alter ego, Mr. Hyde, is created. As the doctor uncontrollably alternates between Jekyll and Hyde, danger looms.

Cast & Crew

John Barrymore
Dr. Henry Jekyll , Mr. Edward Hyde
Martha Mansfield
Millicent Carew
Brandon Hurst
Sir George Carew
Nita Naldi
Miss Gina
Charles Lane
Dr. Richard Lanyon
Louis Wolheim
Music Hall Proprietor
Cecil Clovelly
Edward Enfield
J. Malcolm Dunn
John Utterson (uncredited)
George Stevens
Poole (uncredited)
Roy F. Overbaugh
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Critic Reviews for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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Audience Reviews for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

  • May 03, 2013
    John Barrymore stars as the good scientist who develops a potion that unlocks his wicked side in this silent adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic. As usual, Jekyll is a bore and Hyde is a blast---here, he looks like a hairy skeleton with a pin-head---and the scenes of Victorian depravity, with Hyde visiting prostitutes and opium dens and abusing the lost souls there for his amusement, are solid pre-Code fun. Holds its own against the talkie versions.
    Greg S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 21, 2010
    Not the first version and not the best either, if you know the story it's predictable and boring. The characters aren't very interesting, the main actor, Barrymore, is pretty good, but other than that, I didn't care for this version.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Nov 02, 2009
    A classic treatment of a classic tale. Barrymore, as usual, is superb in his dual role of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; while make-up and lighting definitely played a part in the now-famous transformation, it is Barrymore himself that exhibits the starkest contrast between the two halves of the main character's personality through his posture, facial expressions, and exaggerated mannerisms (all, of course, without the use of sound), setting the stage for all future actors who would take on this challenging role (Fredric March, who would win an Oscar for his portrayal of Jekyll/ Hyde some dozen years after this film was made, must certainly have studied Barrymore's performance and likely took several pages from his book). As with most cinematic adaptations of Stevenson's famous 1885 novel, this film does away with the lawyer Utterson as the focal character (and replaces him with the Doctor himself, like virtually all films of this sort do), yet it does indeed utilize more elements from the source text than most, although they generally appear in different places in the cinematic narative (mostly toward the end). All in all, a remarkable silent film, and one that is recommended to fans of either the Stevenson novel or of silent horror films in general.
    Buddy A Super Reviewer
  • Oct 08, 2009
    So, I sat down to watch John S. Robertson's version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Starring John Barrymore, one of the greatest actors to ever grace the screen. To say the least I was incredibly bored. I understand that this movie is for a different time and i understand that John Barrymore's acting is superb or whatnot. Come on! This is dry, very very dry. I couldn't stomach watching it for more than 15 min before i just began skipping ahead to watch the transformation scene or the ending. You can definitely see where film has gone, from the turn of the century to the 1920's. The story feels more in depth and it looks to me that they have a lot more money to play around with. It does pay off with the transformation scene, when Dr. Jekyll becomes Mr. Hyde. Although i do believe that Edison's Frankenstein has this trumped on the Special Effects side of things, and that was done way earlier and with less money. John Barrymore's acting cant save this "Masterpiece" from making you fall asleep. The soundtrack, although added way later, doesn't serve this piece well either. If you don't believe me you can go ahead and watch it for your self, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ho8-vK0L1_8. On a scare scale i give this film 4/10. Try again Sid
    Brandon S Super Reviewer

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