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The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960)

 -  Horror | Romance | Sci-Fi  -  3 May 1961 (USA)
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Dr. Henry Jekyll experiments with scientific means of revealing the hidden, dark side of man and releases a murderer from within himself.

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Dr. Ernst Litauer
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Dr. Henry Jekyll is a dull, bookish scientist who spends more time with his lab animals testing theories of alternate personalities than with his beautiful, young wife. Kitty Jekyll has given up trying to find any passion in her distant, preoccupied husband and is involved in an affair with one of Jekyll's old 'friends,' Paul Allen, a weak slacker and wastrel who relies on Jekyll to pay his numerous gambling debts. After experimenting on himself, the bearded, tweedy Jekyll transforms himself into the young, dynamic, and self-confidant Edward Hyde. In his new character he befriends Allen, who has no idea that this clean-cut, handsome playboy prone to outbursts of violence is really Jekyll. As Hyde, he encourages Allen to introduce him to the dark underbelly of London's night life including opium dens and sex clubs, where he begins an affair with the sensual courtesan Maria, an exotic dancer and snake charmer. When he tries to seduce Allen's mistress, in reality his own wife, he is ... Written by duke 1029@aol.com

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Christopher Lee's role was written especially for him, and remains one of his personal favorites. See more »

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Clubman: Damn bad luck you have been having, I hear, Allen, old man.
Paul Allen: Damn bad luck.
Clubman: Oh, well. Luck's a bitch, old boy
[laughs]
Clubman: .
Paul Allen: I shouldn't think so... Always have the best possible luck with bitches. Almost always, anyway.
Clubman: [laughs heartily] Well I'm swill.
[drinks and walks way]
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Not As Bad As Its Reputation
12 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Like many Hammer Films that were pooh-poohed at the time of their release as exploitational, THE TWO FACES OF DR. JEKYLL is much better than its reputation would have you think, and it's surprisingly frank in its depictions of adultery and sexuality. It's well-directed by Terence Fisher, and the sets, costumes, set decorations and cinematography are excellent, making very good use of color (particularly in the Can-Can sequence). Performances are also excellent, particularly Paul Massie in the title roles, though he may seem a bit over-the-top at times. He does an excellent job of differentiating between Jekyll and Hyde, even vocally (though he sounds oddly post-synched in both roles). No, this isn't the foggy, gas-lit London of previous versions of J&H - color more or less ruled that out

  • but its nevertheless effective in its own way and deserves
re-examination.


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