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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde -- A determined scientist (Fredric March) whose self-experimentation into the nature of evil leads to horrifyingly tragic results.

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Director:
Writers:
Samuel Hoffenstein (screen play) and
Percy Heath (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
3 January 1932 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Put yourself in her place! The dreaded night when her lover became a madman!
Plot:
Dr. Jekyll faces horrible consequences when he lets his dark side run wild with a potion that transforms him into the animalistic Mr. Hyde. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Not Quite the Book BUT Mesmerizing Performance by March and Innovative Direction/Camera See more (100 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Fredric March ... Dr. Henry Jekyll / Mr. Hyde

Miriam Hopkins ... Ivy Pearson

Rose Hobart ... Muriel Carew

Holmes Herbert ... Dr. Lanyon
Halliwell Hobbes ... Brigadier-General Carew
Edgar Norton ... Poole
Tempe Pigott ... Mrs. Hawkins
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Adair ... Ivy's Admirer at Music Hall (uncredited)

Leonard Carey ... Briggs - Lanyon's Butler (uncredited)
Frank Goddard ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)

Pat Harmon ... Music Hall Customer (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Boyd Irwin ... Police Inspector (uncredited)

Tom London ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Arnold Lucy ... Utterson (uncredited)

Murdock MacQuarrie ... Dissenting Doctor at Lecture (uncredited)

Eric Mayne ... Lanyon's Associate at Lecture (uncredited)
G.L. McDonnell ... Hobson - Carew's Butler (uncredited)
John Rogers ... Music Hall Waiter (uncredited)

Douglas Walton ... Blond Student (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ... Briggs - Lanyon's Butler (uncredited)

Directed by
Rouben Mamoulian 
 
Writing credits
Samuel Hoffenstein (screen play) and
Percy Heath (screen play)

Robert Louis Stevenson (based on the novel by)

Produced by
Adolph Zukor .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Karl Struss (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
William Shea (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Travis Banton (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Norbert A. Myles .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Wally Westmore .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Lee .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
M.M. Paggi .... sound (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Chick Collins .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
George T. Clemens .... second camera (uncredited)
Harry Hallenberger .... second camera (uncredited)
Gordon Head .... still photographer (uncredited)
Charles Leahy .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Fleet Southcott .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Herman Hand .... music adaptor: Bach (uncredited)
Rudolph G. Kopp .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
John Leipold .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Ralph Rainger .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Adolph Zukor .... presenter
 
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Runtime:
98 min | 96 min (TCM print)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG (1975) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 (1933) | Finland:(Banned) (1932) | Netherlands:6 (2004) (DVD) | Sweden:15 | UK:A | UK:12 (video rating) | UK:12A (2008) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #1002-R: 22 June 1935 for re-release)

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Trivia:
35 historically-accurate studio sets were built for the movie.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: In the opening scene, as Jekyll looks into the mirror through the subjective camera, his "reflection" turns away from the mirror before the camera, (supposedly Jekyll's viewpoint) does.See more »
Quotes:
Blond-haired student:[joking to another student about Jekyll's lecture on splitting the personality] Why don't you stay at home and send your other self to the lecture?See more »
Soundtrack:
Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565See more »

FAQ

Is "Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" based on a book?
Is "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" available for reading online?
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19 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Not Quite the Book BUT Mesmerizing Performance by March and Innovative Direction/Camera, 2 November 2007
Author: classicalsteve from Oakland, CA

For all the existing film versions of Robert Louis Stevenson's "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" (1886), this 1931 Paramount offering starring the incomparable Frederic March is probably the best. None quite follow the original book, whose tale is actually told backwards in a way. The book does not follow a series of linear events that lead to the so-called "transformation". Instead, rumors of a strange man surface between two characters in the very opening. We learn about Hyde first before Jekyll, which is not the way any film adaptation has ever told the story.

Still, the present film has a lot going for it. At the forefront is Frederic March in the classic dual role of good and evil. When he first becomes Hyde, I thought another actor was playing the role, it's that good! Another distinctive aspect is the camera work which must have been extremely innovative for its time. The opening moments are shot with a first person perspective. The transformation is done relatively seamlessly considering CGI effects had yet to be invented. There are other moments of shadows and dark corridors. The atmospheric fog that permeates the entire film is worth the price of admission.

As stated by other reviewers, some of the dialog hearkens back to an earlier era of the Vaudeville Melodrama. Characters didn't just love each other, they loved each other for eternity! Still a fine film all things considered, dated perhaps in places, but still March's performance is unbeatable, and definitely deserved of the Academy Award for Best Actor.

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