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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)

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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.

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Cast

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
Tempe Piggott
as Mrs. Hawkins
Sam Harris
as Dance Extra
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Critic Reviews for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (11)

One seeks in vain for an adequate development in this film of the powerful psychology which must remain the essential motive of such a fantasy as Stevenson created. A mere succession of incidents does not furnish this study.

October 7, 2020 | Full Review…

The onlooker, instead of being filled with righteous horror and indignation, begins to find so much super invention and thoroughness irresistibly comic.

October 7, 2020 | Full Review…

Fredric March, ably assisted by Miriam Hopkins and Rose Hobart, is magnificent as Hyde, and he gives Jekyll a stilted Victorian elegance which, being a little false, makes Hyde's existence seem more credible.

October 7, 2020 | Full Review…

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.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

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

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

It's a lurid potboiler which is notable for some superb camera work (a long POV tracking shot at the beginning of the film for example), some innovative early special effects and some of the most deranged overacting you are ever likely to see.

December 12, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

½

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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½

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

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
Veronique Kwak

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