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The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960)

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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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Paul Massie ...
Dawn Addams ...
Kitty Jekyll
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Paul Allen
David Kossoff ...
Dr. Ernst Litauer
Norma Marla ...
Maria
Francis De Wolff ...
Inspector
Joy Webster ...
Jenny
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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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THE NERVE-SHATTERING STORY OF A MAN WHO COMMITTED EVRY OUTRAGE IN THE BOOK... LIVING A LIFE OF HORROR BEYOND IMAGINATION! See more »

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The film takes place in 1874. See more »

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Dr. Henry Jekyll: [as Hyde] What are you in for?
Paul Allen: About 2000 pounds.
Dr. Henry Jekyll: Sell your soul.
Paul Allen: Gladly. No Takers.
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Version of A Modern Jekyll and Hyde (1913) 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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