MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 2,651 this week

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)

Passed  -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  3 January 1932 (USA)
7.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.7/10 from 7,988 users  
Reviews: 92 user | 56 critic

Dr. Jekyll faces horrible consequences when he lets his dark side run wild with a potion that changes him into the animalistic Mr. Hyde.

Director:

Writers:

(screen play), (screen play), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

What to Watch: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1

Keith Simanton talks with the cast of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 33 titles
created 05 Feb 2012
 
a list of 30 titles
created 25 Nov 2012
 
a list of 28 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 21 titles
created 6 months ago
 
a list of 21 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) on IMDb 7.7/10

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

Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (TV Movie 2008)
Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Dr. Jekyll, unable to stop himself from transforming into the murderous Mr. Hyde, wants his attorney to secure him a speedy trial, a guilty verdict and a quick execution.

Director: Paolo Barzman
Stars: Dougray Scott, Krista Bridges, Tom Skerritt
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

New York City, Dr. Richard Jacks is a creator of perfumes. He spends all of his days try to invent the next best thing in the industry. His girlfriend, Sarah, sometimes gets pushed to the ... See full summary »

Director: David Price
Stars: Sean Young, Tim Daly, Lysette Anthony
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (TV Movie 1986)
Animation | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Stars: Max Meldrum, David Nettheim, John Ewart
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Director: Mark Redfield
Stars: Mark Redfield, Ellie Torrez, Kosha Engler
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A mad, disfigured composer seeks love with a lovely young opera singer.

Directors: Rupert Julian, Lon Chaney, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry
Frankenstein (1931)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses.

Director: James Whale
Stars: Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, Boris Karloff
Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A scientist finds a way of becoming invisible, but in doing so, he becomes murderously insane.

Director: James Whale
Stars: Claude Rains, Gloria Stuart, William Harrigan
Dracula (1931)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The ancient vampire Count Dracula arrives in England and begins to prey upon the virtuous young Mina.

Directors: Tod Browning, Karl Freund
Stars: Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler, David Manners
The Mummy (1932)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A living mummy stalks the beautiful woman he believes is the reincarnation of his lover.

Director: Karl Freund
Stars: Boris Karloff, Zita Johann, David Manners
The Wolf Man (1941)
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A practical man returns to his homeland, is attacked by a creature of folklore, and infected with a horrific disease his disciplined mind tells him can not possibly exist.

Director: George Waggner
Stars: Claude Rains, Warren William, Lon Chaney Jr.
Horror

The good and evil within humankind collide in a horrific confrontation in this true-to-the-text retelling of Stevenson's classic story.

Director: B. Luciano Barsuglia
Stars: Gianni Capaldi, Shaun Paul Piccinino, David Beatty
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (TV Movie 2003)
Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Director: Maurice Phillips
Stars: John Hannah, David Warner, Gerard Horan
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
Rose Hobart ...
Holmes Herbert ...
Halliwell Hobbes ...
Edgar Norton ...
Tempe Pigott ...
Edit

Storyline

Based on the story by Robert Louis Stevenson, Dr. Henry Jekyll believes that there are two distinct sides to men - a good and an evil side. He believes that by separating the two man can become liberated. He succeeds in his experiments with chemicals to accomplish this and transforms into Hyde to commit horrendous crimes. When he discontinues use of the drug it is already too late... Written by Mark J. Popp <mjpopp@cwave.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Put yourself in her place! The dreaded night when her lover became a madman!

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

3 January 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El hombre y el monstruo  »

Box Office

Budget:

$1,140,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Miriam Hopkins originally turned down the role if Ivy Pearson, saying she wanted to play Muriel Carew instead. She soon changed her mind when the director informed her many actresses in Hollywood could be cast in her place. See more »

Goofs

After Muriel's father consents for Jekyll & Muriel to be married the next day, Jekyll goes home and plays part of Bach's "Toccata & Fugue in D minor" on the organ. There is a mid-shot with March playing the keyboard, then there is a close-up of the hands on the keyboard. The close-up hands are an obvious double, as they are playing the piece correctly. March's mid-shot has his left hand ascending on the keyboard while the notes of the music playing are descending. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Jekyll: I have no soul. I'm beyond the pale. I'm one of the living dead!
See more »

Connections

Featured in The Horror Show (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Fantasiestücke, op. 12: II. Aufschwung
(1837) (uncredited)
Written by Robert Schumann
Played on a piano by Rose Hobart but probably dubbed
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Renewed Sight for the Listening Camera
4 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

As this film demonstrates, director Rouben Mamoulian (Applause (1929)) and cinematographer Karl Struss (Sunrise (1927)) were two of the great innovators in renewing the role of the camera for the talkies. Lesser talents began the talkies much the same as silent films began: with a static camera. The sound is still creaky, as usual, with awkward silences, but it's not bothersome. The editing isn't always seamless here, either, and, at times, makes the film seem unpolished, but that, too, is minor. This is the best version of Robert Louis Stevenson's novella "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde", in my opinion, and that has very little to do with the actual story adaptation, which comes more from the stage, anyhow. It's the role of the camera that's remarkable.

I don't mean to say that this adaptation is of little interest; it's especially interesting when compared to the novella and its other adaptations. The 1920-John Barrymore version features a more grotesque Hyde and a stiffer Jekyll. Here, Jekyll is, at first, full of gaiety and youthful exuberance. That's more faithful to the novel, but also reflects the filmmakers' intentions and the changes in Hollywood. The 1920 film was bolder in content in some respects; it was a mood piece of horror and atmosphere. The fogy lamp-lit slums of London are still realized vividly in this one, but much of the feeling in them is lost. On the other hand, the mirror motif comes out more here, which corresponds nicely with the doppelgänger (or doubles) theme inherit in the story. This 1931 film is of the classic Hollywood era. The added emphasis on the romance between Jekyll and Muriel is a result. This version is about more than the story, though; the major focus is in the camera-work.

The film begins with about three and half minutes of long point-of-view takes, with a mobile camera, from the perspective of Dr. Jekyll. It establishes the camera as an active participant in the film, rather than merely a static recorder. Throughout the picture, the camera continually moves--from slight zooms, dollies, pans and tilts to dance-like tracking shots during the party sequence. Additionally, some extreme close-ups show only a character's eyes. A POV shot during Jekyll's first transition into Hyde turns into spinning memories, which is in addition to the special effects that allow for transformations that are seen with fluent, unbroken rhythm from the camera's eye.

The camera positioning is varied, as well, and some shots are extraordinary just in their positions. The photography exploits the sets to greater effect occasionally, and the filmmakers position props with the camera especially well and in rather thematic ways that apply to the story. Yet, the photography is most brilliant when not subject to much scene dissection: long takes that are unbroken and add more fluency to the already tight plot.

One could say this is showy film-making; even the transitional effects seem to draw attention to themselves: lengthy dissolves that linger as superimposed images (such as the image of Ivy's legs over the image of Jekyll and Dr. Lanyon's debate) and wipes that create brief split-screen shots. But, the camera is the most essential part of film-making (along with editing), and it seems negligent to subject it to a role of impotence--to just recording an enacted play. This 1931 "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" is a cinematic artwork and shows what film should be concerning the role of its most basic apparatus.


42 of 46 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Is it just me? or is there some racist overtone zopop119
Deleted scenes byczekfemale
Remake Please..... mimoniz
Mr. Hyde resemblance to Jimmy Carter sherlock-37
Jekyll or Jeekyll? yourhead-2
Two things eddie-83
Discuss Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page