MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 26,578 this week

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

 |  Short, Drama, Horror  |  April 1920 (USA)
5.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.4/10 from 85 users  
Reviews: 4 user | 2 critic

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

Director:

(as Charles J. Hayden)

Writers:

(scenario) (as Charles J. Hayden) , (novel)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 300 titles
created 13 May 2011
 
list image
a list of 60 titles
created 28 Oct 2011
 
a list of 39 titles
created 26 Aug 2012
 
list image
a list of 25 titles
created 05 May 2013
 
a list of 10 titles
created 17 Dec 2013
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920) on IMDb 5.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

User Polls

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In Victorian London, Dr. Henry Jekyll attempts to create an elixir of life using female hormones stolen from fresh corpses. He reasons that these hormones will wipe out all common diseases ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Ward Baker
Stars: Ralph Bates, Martine Beswick, Gerald Sim
Comedy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Two bumbling American cops hunt for the mysterious Mr. Hyde in London, England

Director: Charles Lamont
Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Boris Karloff
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (TV Movie 2000)
Horror | Thriller | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

The Hong Kong martial arts version of Jekyll and Hyde, with Hyde as the mythical fighting champion known as the White Tiger battling the Triads, drug trafficking and illegal organ transplants.

Director: Colin Budds
Stars: Adam Baldwin, Steve Bastoni, Anthony Brandon Wong
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In fifteenth century Paris, the brother of the archdeacon plots with the gypsy king to foment a peasant revolt. Meanwhile, a freakish hunchback falls in love with the gypsy queen.

Director: Wallace Worsley
Stars: Lon Chaney, Patsy Ruth Miller, Norman Kerry
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Count Alucard (read his name backwards) finds his way from Budapest to the swamps of the Deep South; his four nemeses are a medical doctor, a university professor, a jilted fiancé and the woman he loves.

Director: Robert Siodmak
Stars: Lon Chaney Jr., Robert Paige, Louise Allbritton
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

We watch Baron Frankenstein escaping from the guillotine and going to Germany. There, he names himself Dr. Stein and plans to restart his experiments by using parts of dead bodies.

Director: Terence Fisher
Stars: Peter Cushing, Francis Matthews, Eunice Gayson
Jekyll (2007)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

While researching a cure for cancer, DR. HENRY JEKYLL creates a computer-generated alter-ego, MR. HYDE, a creature of animal appetites and uncontrollable impulses who goes on a killing spree and ultimately tries to destroy his own creator...

Director: Scott Zakarin
Stars: Matt Keeslar, Jonathan Silverman, Alanna Ubach
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Hungarian countess Marya Zaleska seeks the aid of a noted psychiatrist, in hopes of freeing herself of a mysterious evil influence.

Director: Lambert Hillyer
Stars: Otto Kruger, Gloria Holden, Marguerite Churchill
Der Januskopf (1920)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In this uncredited and apparently lost version of Robert Louis Stevenson's "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" the protagonist is Dr. Warren, who indulges his evil nature by ... See full summary »

Director: F.W. Murnau
Stars: Conrad Veidt, Magnus Stifter, Margarete Schlegel
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: William Vance
Stars: William Vance
Short | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

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

Director: August Blom
Stars: Alwin Neuß, Oda Alstrup, August Blom
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Frank E. Woods
Stars: Murdock MacQuarrie
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Sheldon Lewis ...
Doctor Jekyll / Mr. Hyde
Alex Shannon ...
Dr. Lanyon (as Alexander Shannon)
Dora Mills Adams ...
Mrs. Lanyon
Gladys Field ...
Bernice Lanyon
Harold Foshay ...
Edward Utterson (as Harold Forshay)
Leslie Austin ...
Edit

Storyline

In this third version of the classic Stevenson novel filmed in 1920, Jekyll, dreaming he develops a potion which separates the good and evil sides of his personality, decides upon awaking that the consequences of his experiments are too dangerous and abandons them. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Short | Drama | Horror

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

April 1920 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dr Džekil i g. Hajd  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

A producer named Louis Meyer produced the film. He has been confused with Louis B. Mayer of later MGM fame as the two men have like sounding names but different spellings. See more »

Connections

Version of InHyde (2004) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Sheldon Lewis takes his place among the immortals, alongside Pia Zadora and Ed Wood, Jr.
23 March 2003 | by (Westchester County, NY) – See all my reviews

I've seen this version of R. L. Stevenson's famous, much-filmed story only once, over 30 years ago, but it was a truly memorable experience. There are moments which remain vivid in my memory even today, not because it was a great film or even a good one, but for quite the opposite reason. Before describing the circumstances under which I saw it, however, I should clarify that this particular version should not be confused with the far superior one starring John Barrymore that was also produced in 1920. Certainly anyone who has seen both movies could not mistake one for the other, any more than one could mistake a two-dollar bottle of Malt Liquor for fine claret, and yet I know of one occasion when this occurred . . . concerning the films, I mean, not the booze.

When I was a kid in Tulsa, Oklahoma, there was a local museum that offered a silent movie every Sunday afternoon. The prints tended to be battered, washed-out 16mm dupes, projected at the wrong speed and without music in a room which could not be adequately darkened. Needless to add, these were not optimum conditions for one's introduction to the works of Griffith, Eisenstein, Fritz Lang, etc., but in those pre-cable, pre-video days, it was just about the only way to see the films. Comedies usually transcended this treatment, but silent dramas suffered badly. To make matters worse, most of my fellow viewers -- and usually there weren't many -- seemed to believe that all silent films are, by definition, funny, so accordingly they'd hoot 'n' holler at them silly Old-Time flickers.

Nonetheless, it was exciting to learn that the museum would be showing the John Barrymore version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, for I'd wanted to see that one ever since I first heard about it. I attended the screening with a friend, both of us in a state of high anticipation. But perhaps you've already guessed the punchline: Yep, they got the wrong print. Imagine our disappointment when, without explanation or apology, the projectionist started the film, the opening credits flashed on the screen, and we learned that our featured player for the afternoon was someone named Sheldon Lewis. Who the hell is Sheldon Lewis, you ask? Well, as it turned out, he was a guy who starred in a really bad version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and this was one occasion when our fellow viewers' mockery of silent drama was fully justified and richly deserved, for this movie proved to be one of those so-bad-it's-funny experiences that gets better (i.e., worse and therefore funnier) as it goes along. Indeed, once we'd recovered from our disappointment at missing Barrymore, my friend and I couldn't help but join in the laughter.

The casting was only the first of several surprises we encountered. The second was that, instead of setting the story in late Victorian London, the producers had updated it to "contemporary" New York, doubtless because it was easier on the budget that way. Next we found that, in place of the kindly if somewhat repressed Dr. Jekyll we were accustomed to, this Jekyll was a wild-eyed radical, a Free Thinker full of decadent liberal notions who boasts of his atheism. Hmmm, we wondered to ourselves; if this is Sheldon Lewis' Jekyll, what is his Hyde going to be like?

We soon found out. And folks, you haven't lived until you've seen Sheldon Lewis' Mr. Hyde, a hairy, eye-rolling, quivering spazz, a crazed Proto-Hippy Clown of Evil. It's an astonishing performance, a thing of twitches, tics, and conniption fits for which the term "hammy" is woefully inadequate. Jerry Lewis (any relation?) could only dream of being this funny. I cherish indelible memories of watching Sheldon Lewis spazzing his way down streets and through alleys while the museum audience, we happy few, roared with laughter. Two images I retain: towards the end, when cops show up to break down the door of Hyde's laboratory, they're dressed in the genuine uniforms of the era which we couldn't help but associate with the Keystone Kops, which of course added to our amusement, but these cops earned their laughs by performing the clumsiest, most inept job of door-crashing ever captured on film. And then, so help me (Warning, "spoilers" ahead, unless you were at the museum that day) Dr. Jekyll wakes up, back in his study where he'd fallen asleep before his fireplace, only to realize that none of it -- the potion, the transformations, the murders, the ludicrous over-acting -- none of it had happened because, yes, It Was All a Dream, a Horrible Dream! Instantly reformed, Jekyll leaps up a changed man, throws his notebooks into the fire, renounces his Free Thinking ways and yelps: "I believe in God!" And for the finale, unless my memory deceives me, I believe Jekyll actually sees a glowing figure of Jesus over his fireplace, and kneels humbly before the Savior as the image fades out.

Just an hour or two earlier none of us had ever heard of Sheldon Lewis, but by the end of the screening that day the man was a hero and his work had conquered all skeptics. I recommend this film heartily, but respectfully suggest that, for best results, it should be viewed in the appropriate frame of mind, i.e. at least three sheets to the wind, in a room full of like-minded, Free Thinking bad cinema enthusiasts.


26 of 28 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
A little bit about Sheldon bloopville
Discuss Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?