Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde


Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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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.

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Critic Reviews for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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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.

Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…
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Dr Jekyll combines gothic horror, aristocratic romance and madcap Freudian psychodrama into a dizzying, exhilarating brew.

Dec 12, 2008 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Mamoulian's vision of Dr Jekyll's hidden life in the foggy Victorian underworld is fascinating.

Dec 12, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A remarkable achievement that deserves to be much better known.

Sep 26, 2007 | Full Review…

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

May 20, 2003 | Full Review…

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

Oct 6, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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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frederic march is the best jekyll/hyde. nice effects and pretty racy

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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