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Release Date:
30 June 1961 (Portugal) See more »
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Mr. Joly, doctor Cordelier's lawyer, is amazed to discover that his client and friend leaves his possessions to a stranger, Opale, a sadistic criminal. He needs this man to prove that people's behavior can be adjusted at will... | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Jean-Louis Barrault ... Dr. Cordelier / Opale
Teddy Bilis ... Maître Joly
Sylviane Margollé ... Jeune fille
Jean Bertho ... Premier passant
Jacques Ciron ... Deuxième passant
Annick Allières ... Voisine
Dominique Dangon ... Mère de la jeune fille
Jean Topart ... Désiré
Michel Vitold ... Docteur Séverin
Micheline Gary ... Marguerite
Jacques Danoville ... Commissaire Lardaut (as Jacques Dannoville)
André Certes ... Inspecteur Salbris
Jean-Pierre Granval ... Le patron de l'hôtel
Céline Sales ... La première fille
Jacqueline Morane ... Alberte
Ghislaine Dumont ... Suzy
Madeleine Marion ... Juliette
Didier d'Yd ... Georges
Primerose Perret ... Mary
Raymond Jourdan ... L'infirme
Jaque Catelain ... L'Ambassadeur
Régine Blaess ... Femme de l'Ambassadeur
Gaston Modot ... Blaise
Jacqueline Frot ... Camille
Monique Theffo ... Annie
Claude Bourlon ... Lise (as Claudie Bourlon)
Raymone ... Mme des Essarts
Françoise Boyer ... Françoise
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Catherine Rouvel ... (scenes deleted)
Bernard Fresson ... Extra (uncredited)

Jean Renoir ... Himself (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jean Renoir 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jean Renoir 
Robert Louis Stevenson  novel "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (uncredited)

Original Music by
Joseph Kosma 
 
Cinematography by
Georges Leclerc 
 
Film Editing by
Renée Lichtig 
 
Set Decoration by
Marcel-Louis Dieulot 
 
Costume Design by
Monique Dunan  (as Monique Dunand)
 
Production Management
Albert Hollebeke .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Maurice Beuchey .... first assistant director
Monique Dunan .... assistant director (as Monique Dunand)
 
Art Department
Yves-André Hubert .... technician
Jean Serge .... art assistant
 
Sound Department
Joseph Richard .... sound engineer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bernard Girod .... framing camera operator
Jean Graglia .... framing camera operator
Pierre Guéguen .... framing camera operator (as Pierre Guegen)
Pierre Lebon .... framing camera operator
Gilbert Perrot-Minnot .... framing camera operator
Arthur Raimondo .... framing camera operator (as Arthur Raymondo)
Gilbert Sandoz .... framing camera operator
 
Other crew
Andrée Gauthey .... script
Marinette Pasquet .... script
 
Crew believed to be complete


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  • Lax (special effects)
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Le testament du Docteur Cordelier" - France (original title)
"The Doctor's Horrible Experiment" - USA
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95 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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This TV program later had a theatrical release.See more »
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Version of Dirty Dr. Jekyll (1973)See more »

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20 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
The best "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde", 30 August 2000
Author: galensaysyes

This is the only version of "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" that enables the viewer to watch the story as if it were new. It's the only one in which the fantastic events proceed from commonplace surroundings: it's set contemporaneously and shot like a documentary program. It's also the only one in which the two characters are believably distinct: one would never guess that the fussy, ascetic Jekyll and the careless, garish Hyde could be the same man. It's the only version that makes clear Jekyll's hypocrisy, which was the point Stevenson was emphasizing and which I never understood before: what Jekyll's friend can't understand--the reason Jekyll blocks the investigation of Hyde's crimes--is not that the criminal has some hold over him, but that he himself is the criminal and is protecting his own good name. Barrault's make-up as Hyde is rudimentary compared to the elaborately gruesome make-ups of the other versions, but what he makes of the character is far more meaningful. This Hyde is comic until he turns violent; he's a cross between Chaplin's tramp, a juvenile delinquent of the 50's, and an aboriginal--figures that can all be seen as embodiments of anarchy. He does exactly as his impulses compel him. Jekyll does the same--but while his patients are anesthetized, so they won't know. This version of "Jekyll", without special effects or filmic style and in modern dress, is the only serious one. I think Stevenson would have respected it.

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