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The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960)

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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Kitty Jekyll
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Dr. Ernst Litauer
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Francis De Wolff ...
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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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£146,417 (estimated)
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Laurence Harvey was Hammer's first choice for the starring role, and while the star was keen to do it, Harvey's agent thought it would be a bad career move, so the actor ultimately turned it down. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Henry Jekyll: [Thunderstruck by the sensual beauty of the scantily clad exotic dancer] A tigress!
Paul Allen: [Detached] Tigers needn't lick their lips over her unless they're very rich.
Dr. Henry Jekyll: Is she so exclusive?
Paul Allen: Only princes, pashes, millionaires, or distinguished actor/managers need apply.
[Aware of Hyde's fascination with the dancer as she continues her routine which climaxes with her putting the snake's head in her mouth]
Paul Allen: Forget it, John boy. She's not in the prep school class. Believe me, I've tried.
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Version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920) See more »

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An Hyde of a Time
27 December 2003 | by (Newfoundland, Canada) – See all my reviews

I really like Paul Massie in the lead role and I feel he does manage to give a compelling performance here. However the film itself proves unfortunately melodramatic (too many long scenes of Jekyll having outbursts of guilty emotions over the actions of Hyde is the biggest shortcoming). The changes to the story were novel but at the same time managed to turn Jekyll into a simpering wimp compared to a much stronger Hyde. I also fails to make us feel sympathy for any of Hyde's victims..still for some reason I find myself sometimes going back to this one.


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