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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The good Doctor Jekyll invents a drug that unleashes Mr. Hyde, the incarnation of his uncontrollable evil side, with devastating consequences. The first sound film version of this oft-told Robert Louis Stevenson story, this visually inventive horror classic features an Oscar-winning performance by Frederic March in the split personality of the title role. Incidentally, this film uses the more proper pronunciation GEE-kyl, rather than the currently more-often heard JECK-yl.
Drama , Horror
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Fredric March
as Mr. Hyde
Miriam Hopkins
as Ivy Pearson
Rose Hobart
as Muriel Carew
Holmes Herbert
as Dr. Lanyon
Halliwell Hobbes
as Brig-Gen. Carew
Arnold Lucy
as Utterson
Eric Wilton
as Briggs
Douglas Walton
as Student
Tempe Piggott
as Mrs. Hawkins
John Rogers
as Waiter
Sam Harris
as Dance Extra
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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 25, 2009
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Dr Jekyll combines gothic horror, aristocratic romance and madcap Freudian psychodrama into a dizzying, exhilarating brew.

Full Review… | December 11, 2008
Time Out
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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

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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
Kevin M. Williams

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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
Veronique Kwak

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