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28 September 1920 (Denmark) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Barrymore ... Dr. Henry Jekyll / Mr. Edward Hyde
Brandon Hurst ... Sir George Carewe

Martha Mansfield ... Millicent Carewe
Charles Lane ... Dr. Lanyon
Cecil Clovelly ... Edward Enfield

Nita Naldi ... Miss Gina

Louis Wolheim ... Music Hall Proprietor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alma Aiken ... Extra (uncredited)
J. Malcolm Dunn ... John Utterson (uncredited)

Julia Hurley ... Hyde's Landlady with Lamp (uncredited)
Jack McHugh ... Street Kid-Raises fist to Mr. Hyde (uncredited)
George Stevens ... Poole - Jekyll's Butler (uncredited)
Edgard Varèse ... Policeman (uncredited)

Directed by
John S. Robertson 
Writing credits
Robert Louis Stevenson (by)

Clara Beranger (scenario) (as Clara S. Beranger)

Thomas Russell Sullivan  play (uncredited)
Oscar Wilde  novel The Picture of Dorian Gray (uncredited)

Produced by
Adolph Zukor .... producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Roy F. Overbaugh (photographed by) (as Roy Overbaugh)
Art Direction by
William Cameron Menzies (uncredited)
Clark Robinson (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
Charles O. Seessel (decorations)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Shaw Lovett .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Robert M. Haas .... architecture
Editorial Department
Karl Malkames .... negative cutter (1971 alternate version)
Other crew
Adolph Zukor .... presenter
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49 min | 67 min (1971 alternate version) | 73 min (Kino Print) | 82 min (DVD) | 79 min (Kino version, on
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1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:G (Ontario) | Finland:K-18 (self applied) (2009) | Finland:K-16 (1921) | Germany:12 | Portugal:17 (director's cut) | UK:A | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:Unrated | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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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 »
Revealing mistakes: When Jekyll is pondering to drink the potion for the first time, we see the glass he's to drink from is half filled with potion. In the next shot when Jekyll brings the glass up to his lips the glass is empty.See more »
Dr. Richard Lanyon:[Officiously as bacteria under microscope] Damn It! I don't like your tampering with the supernatural.See more »
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Adaptations and Alterations, 4 September 2005
Author: Cineanalyst

Through countless adaptations, including movies, the gist of Robert Lewis Stevenson's "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" is familiar to those who have never even touched the novella. The doppelgänger, or doubles, theme of its battle between the good and evil within oneself are shared heritage, even though the Victorian age it was set in, the suspicions of invention and science and some of the psychological notions have since passed. This 1920 filmed version, the first highly regarded one, presents the story as it has been most commonly handed down: the narrative is simplified, removing the original mystery, and it takes the perspective of Dr. Jekyll, reducing the role of Mr. Utterson.

There are some interesting parts to this adaptation, especially when comparing it to the later 1931 and 1941 versions. The competing beliefs between Jekyll and Dr. Lanyon are well rendered, as are those between Jekyll and Sir George, who is, apparently, based in Oscar Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray". Additionally, the rationale behind Jekyll's experiment is altered more illogical by concerning it with one's soul, instead of the hypocrisy of the two-faced upper classmen who present themselves respectably for the public but also want to visit the prostitutes at night.

Anyhow, for better or worse, John Barrymore is restrained (considering the role and the film era). There's an odd giant spider nightmare in this one, too. The best aspect of this version, I think, is its horror atmosphere, with the studio sets of the fogy, lamp-lit London slums and even the detailed interior designs add something--production values that make this early entry stand out. Barrymore contributes to this, especially with the makeup to create his deformed Hyde that could rival Lon Chaney's creations.

To see a major point of difference between the three major Hollywood adaptations, as well as an indication of Hollywood's evolution and how this 1920 version stands out, compare Barrymore's horrific and grotesque Hyde with that of Fredric March and Spencer Tracy: notice how Hyde becomes easier on the eyes with each subsequent decade.

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