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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (I) (1920)

Unrated  |   |  Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi  |  18 February 1921 (Japan)
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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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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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The world's greatest actor in a tremendous story of man at his best and worst!

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Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi

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Dobbeltmennesket (Dr. Jekyll og Mr. Hyde)  »

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Tallulah Bankhead was originally offered the role of Millicent, which eventually went to Martha Mansfield. See more »

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The glass from which Dr Jekyll drinks the potion during the first transformation changes in size from tall to short between shots. See more »

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Sir George Carew: [to Jekyll] A man cannot destroy the savage in him by denying its impulses. They only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.
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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 »

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John Barrymore at his best!
14 January 1999 | by (Blacksburg, VA) – See all my reviews

Nearly everybody has seen the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in one of the more modern versions, but nobody has ever portrayed it as successfully as John Barrymore did. This movie, a silent classic, has amazing special effects for its day. Specifically I refer to the metamorphosis of Dr. Jekyll. You will literally not recognize or believe that the same actor playing Dr. Jekyll is also playing Mr. Hyde. The make-up, the lighting, and Barrymore's excellent acting give you the feeling that this is truly a different, darker, more evil man. Berrymore completes the transition from clean-cut Doctor to dementedly violent madman so naturally that you almost forget it's not real. You have to see this! It'll still scare you after all these years!


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