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

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

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16 January 1912 (USA)  »

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Dr Džekil i g. Hajd  »

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Although James Cruze was credited as playing both Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, in some scenes Hyde was actually played by Harry Benham. In a 1963 interview published in Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine, Benham remembered that he and James Cruze shared the same costume and wig, but had their own separate sets of false fangs. See more »

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In a scene, a man is supposed to be dead, but yet he can clearly be seen breathing. See more »

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Spoofed in Dr. Jerkyl's Hide (1954) See more »

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Spliced Transformations
4 September 2009 | by See all my reviews

This film is somewhat interesting for comparison to later screen adaptations, but it's probably not worth watching otherwise. It's only one reel, however, so it's not a waste of time, either. There's a lot of condensing of the story, of course, to fit the one-reel standard. (For the one-reel format, I tend to prefer the original scenarios to the adaptations, due to this subtraction.) The plot here is reduced to mostly just the transformations. The most interesting element, otherwise, is how they film those transformations. The first two are done with substitution-splicing (or stop-substitutions), but after that, the other ones are done with direct cuts, crosscutting scenes (i.e. scene of Jekyll cuts to spatially separate action, then cuts back to prior scene with Jekyll now as Hyde).

Additionally, one actor plays Jekyll and a different actor plays Hyde (at least in some scenes). I don't recall that being done in any other screen adaptations of Stevenson's novella. Thanhouser, at the time, gave sole star credit to the one playing Jekyll, James Cruze. Hyde is the meatier role here, though.


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