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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)

Dr. Henry Jekyll experiments with scientific means of revealing the hidden, dark side of man and releases a murderer from within himself.

Director:

John S. Robertson

Writers:

Robert Louis Stevenson (by), Clara Beranger (scenario) (as Clara S. Beranger)
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Complete credited cast:
John Barrymore ... Dr. Henry Jekyll / Mr. Edward Hyde
Brandon Hurst ... Sir George Carewe
Martha Mansfield ... Millicent Carewe
Charles Lane Charles Lane ... Dr. Lanyon
Cecil Clovelly Cecil Clovelly ... Edward Enfield
Nita Naldi ... Miss Gina
Louis Wolheim ... Music Hall Proprietor
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Based on the Robert Louis Stevenson story: Doctor Henry Jekyll's enthusiasm for science and his selfless acts of service have made him a much-admired man. But as he visits Sir George Carew one evening, his host criticizes him for his reluctance to experience the more sensual side of life. Sir George goads Jekyll into visiting a music hall, where he watches the alluring dancer Gina. Jekyll becomes fascinated with the two contrasting sides of human nature, and he becomes obsessed with the idea of separating them. After extensive work in his laboratory, he devises a formula that does indeed allow him to alternate between two completely different personalities, his own and that of a brutish, lascivious person whom he names Hyde. It is not long before the personality of Hyde begins to dominate Jekyll's affairs. Written by Snow Leopard

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Both are Barrymore! See him as Dr. Jekyll- beloved of woman- sought by society- serving the weak and poor. see him as the fiendish Hyde-revelling in London's underworld dives- strewing his wake with victims of his crimes and depravity. The finest acting achievement ever shown on the screen. (Print Ad- Bourbon News, ((Paris, Ky.)) 2 December 1921) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In the short Renaissance flashback memory sequence, where Hyde is explaining to Gina about the poisonous mysteries of his secret ring, set pieces and costumes were brought from "The Jest". That was a hit play in which John Barrymore had starred with brother Lionel Barrymore on Broadway in 1919 before shooting this picture. See more »

Goofs

After the first transformation scene when Hyde attempts to change back into Jekyll, as he throws himself onto the floor, you can see one of his prosthetic fingers fly off. See more »

Quotes

Title Card: For the first time in his life, Jekyll had wakened to a sense of his baser nature.
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Crazy Credits

Except for John Barrymore whose name appears above the title, actors were not originally credited in this movie at the start or at the end. Instead, four additional actors and their character names are credited in the inter-titles right before they appear on-screen. See more »

Alternate Versions

In 1993 Jeff Forrester / USA Networks produced NEW copyrighted versions of mainstream silent films w/ EXCLUSIVE scores & NEW inter-titles. All but one were in black & white. There were 7 in total. They were aired on the SYFY (SCI-FI) Channel during the Christmas holiday in 1993 as part of SCI-FI Channel's Silent Cinema marathon. It was hosted by renowned film critic Jeffrey Lyons & was taped @ the AMERICAN MUSEUM OF THE MOVING IMAGE in Astoria, NY. These particular versions have NEVER been available in ANY home video format. Their whereabouts are currently unknown. They were distributed by JORDEXX TELEVISION, INC. The DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE (1920) score was composed & performed by Michael Murphy. See more »

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Genuinely frightening
5 January 2003 | by ellkewSee all my reviews

I have not seen this film for quite some time though I can always conjure up the face of John Barrymore as Mr.Hyde. Bent double with hideous pointed features and spider-like hands he is still truly frightening after all these years. When will producers understand that effects are no match for a talented actor with only himself the clothes on his back and make-up. Barrymore distorts himself is the same manner as Lon Chaney performed and conjures up the dark side of Jekyll's personality. A chilling film that seeps into the mind and is still the benchmark film version for Stevenson's classic tale.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 1920 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(1971 alternate) | (Kino Print) | (DVD) | (Kino)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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