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Dr. Pyckle and Mr. Pryde (1925)

 -  Short | Comedy | Horror  -  30 July 1925 (USA)
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In Victorian London the esteemed Dr. Pyckle uses himself as a guinea pig when he experiments with a new drug that changes him into a compulsive prankster.




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Cast overview:
Dr. Pyckle / Mr. Pryde
Julie Leonard ...
The Doctor's Assistant
Pete the Dog ...
The Dog (as Pete the Pup)


Dr. Pyckle, a respected British scientist, searches for the correct combination of chemicals for a powerful potion. Once he finds it, he tries it on himself. But instead of the wonderful effect the doctor had hoped for, the potion turns him into the diabolical Mr. Pride, a fiend who outwits police at every turn while scouring London for fresh victims -- of practical jokes. Written by Jim Beaver <>

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Short | Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi





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30 July 1925 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Spoof  »

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At one point Mr. Pryde bumps into a lamppost which sways noticeably. See more »


Intertitle: [Introducing Dr. Pyckle's female assistant] A Dainty English Miss - Don't Blame England - We All Miss Occasionally...
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Featured in Silent Clowns: Laurel and Hardy (2006) See more »

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DR. PYCKLE AND MR. PRIDE {Short} (Percy Pembroke, 1925) **1/2
27 October 2013 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

During this Halloween Challenge, I berated the lack of Dr. Watson's presence in a Sherlock Holmes adventure as being akin to a Laurel & Hardy vehicle without the latter; well, this film, the nth version I have watched inspired by the R.L. Stevenson novella, is just that…since it was made before the great comic duo became a fixture! The film gets the essence of the tale across in broad slapstick terms fairly adequately, if crudely given its age. The most successful element here is the repeated situation of the "Hyde" figure, agreeably prone not to sadistic violence as in the original but to childish pranks, being pursued by practically the entire townsfolk – which actually reminded me of Buster Keaton falling foul of the L.A.P.D. in perhaps his greatest short, COPS (1922). Incidentally, Laurel's snobbish "Jekyll" characterization looks forward to his Lord Paddington caricature in the beloved L&H feature A CHUMP AT OXFORD (1940), and the whole is also not too far removed from their classic two-reeler DIRTY WORK (1933), down to having animals the unwitting recipients of the transforming formula!

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