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Daughter of Dr. Jekyll (1957)

Unrated | | Fantasy, Horror | 28 July 1957 (USA)
A young woman discovers she is the daughter of the infamous Dr. Jekyll, and begins to believe that she may also have a split personality, one of whom is a ruthless killer.

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George Hastings
Gloria Talbott ...
Janet Smith
Arthur Shields ...
Dr. Lomas
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Martha Wentworth ...
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A young woman discovers she is the daughter of the infamous Dr. Jekyll, and begins to believe that she may also have a split personality, one of whom is a ruthless killer.

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Blood-hungry spawn of the world's most bestial fiend!

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28 July 1957 (USA)  »

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Die Totengruft des Dr. Jekyll  »

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Released on a double bill with The Cyclops (1957), also starring Gloria Talbott. See more »

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Although the film is set in the early 20th century, at one point in the background you can see a 1956 Chevy and a 1956 Ford pass by. See more »

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Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1996) See more »

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Mystery involving the offspring of the famous doc.
29 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ulmer must have dug deep to find a script this simple. Behind the daffy dialog, he clutters up his frame with all manner of junk, diligently waded through by the admirably serious actors The picture really drowns in brick a brac and set ornament, in tea cups, foam relief, fire places, fake gravestones, so on infinitely. Most of this is shot from the hip, giving the strange impression that Agar and Talbot are themselves moving furniture or hand- puppets, their secret hidden by the puppet stage floor. Every so often great mists are rolled out, lap dissolves and wipes erase or shift figures in time, and people dash through pasteboard sets shot at frightening angles. All of these effects are sequenced in a mongoloid semi- plot which moves heedlessly and energetically along like a hypnotic piece of music from Mars. Two of the best ecstatic sequences: a murder, with a memorable use of the phone, deliriously edited as if it were a Leger, and a chase over the moors at the hour of the wolf which marries tin pot Gothic to the feel of newsreel documentary. These haunting fits of grand mal guignol attack the ludicrous plot and scheme of the film, jarring the etiquette of the B- film programmer and loosing a manic poetic force on the five-and-dime proceedings. At the end, we are told the whole Carrollian thing is a just a joke, in a sort of low- rent Pirandellan bookend which makes the unreal reality of Ulmer's ecstatic rides all the more inscrutable. He certainly chose to make films like this, subordinating plot, dialog, and anything else by then considered crucial to the whole film to the giddy trapeze- swing of a perpetually moving modernism. Ulmer can't sit still. People talk about auteur films. 'Daughter of Dr. Jekyll' is far more auteur than any of the recognized 'masters'. Ulmer accepts the necessity of whatever idiotic limitation the script and budget entails and wends his way around them, through them, past them. That's why he had his say in the set design, lighting: the details excited him.... The script is irrelevant, a too- literary artifact that would one day become extinct. Ulmer made films in Yiddish, a language he didn't understand, and also movies for a black audience, both markets that were at the margins of the popular cinematic experience. Naturally, he embraced pulp horror and science fiction, a far more hospitable place for his expressionist art than the middle- brow armpit sweat of the heavy message movie. A foreigner, this is the corner where he was most at home. This Jekyll's kid film would make a good double bill with 'Meshes of the Afternoon', another fantasy of objects and mirrors that unfolds in the lunacy of the broad daylight.


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