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Director:
Writer:
Wolf Mankowitz (screenplay)
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Release Date:
3 May 1961 (USA) See more »
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Sometimes, Terror Has A Handsome Face. See more »
Plot:
Dr. Henry Jekyll experiments with scientific means of revealing the hidden, dark side of man and releases a murderer from within himself. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Truly original and underrated take on the classic story See more (26 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Paul Massie ... Dr. Henry Jekyll / Mr. Edward Hyde
Dawn Addams ... Kitty Jekyll

Christopher Lee ... Paul Allen
David Kossoff ... Dr. Ernst Litauer
Norma Marla ... Maria
Francis De Wolff ... Inspector
Joy Webster ... Jenny
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maria Andipa ... Gypsy Girl (uncredited)
Frank Atkinson ... Groom (uncredited)
Archie Baker ... Singer (uncredited)
Glenn Beck ... Young Blood (uncredited)
John Bonney ... Renfrew (uncredited)
Ralph Broadbent ... Singer (uncredited)
Alan Browning ... Young Blood (uncredited)
Rodney Burke ... Young Blood (uncredited)
Percy Cartwright ... Coroner (uncredited)
Dennis Cleary ... Waiter (uncredited)
Bandana Das Gupta ... Sphinx Girl (uncredited)
J. Trevor Davies ... Officer (uncredited)
Roy Denton ... Business Man (uncredited)
Pauline Dukes ... Sphinx Girl (uncredited)
Clifford Earl ... Young Blood (uncredited)
Janina Faye ... Jane, deafmute child (uncredited)
Felix Felton ... First Gambler (uncredited)
Kenneth Firth ... Business Man (uncredited)
Helen Goss ... Nanny (uncredited)

Walter Gotell ... Heverton - Second Gambler (uncredited)
Hazel Graeme ... Sphinx Girl (uncredited)
Lucy Griffiths ... Tavern Woman (uncredited)
Carole Haynes ... Sphinx Girl (uncredited)
Prudence Hyman ... Tavern Woman (uncredited)
Doreen Ismail ... Second Sphinx Girl (uncredited)
Anthony Jacobs ... Third Gambler (uncredited)
Josephine Jay ... Sphinx Girl (uncredited)
William Kendall ... Clubman (uncredited)
Roberta Kirkwood ... Second Brass (uncredited)
Jean Long ... Sphinx Girl (uncredited)
Arthur Lovegrove ... Cabby (uncredited)
George McGrath ... Business Man (uncredited)
Alex Miller ... Singer (uncredited)
Magda Miller ... Sphinx Girl (uncredited)
John Moore ... Officer (uncredited)
Anthony Pendrell ... Cabinet Minister (uncredited)

Oliver Reed ... Tough (uncredited)
Laurence Richardson ... Singer (uncredited)
Marilyn Ridge ... Sphinx Girl (uncredited)
Doug Robinson ... Boxer (uncredited)
Joe Robinson ... Corinthian (uncredited)
Gundel Sargent ... Sphinx Girl (uncredited)
Patricia Sayers ... Sphinx Girl (uncredited)
Shirli Scott-James ... Sphinx Girl (uncredited)
Moyna Sharwin ... Sphinx Girl (uncredited)
Denis Shaw ... Tavern Customer (uncredited)
Pauline Shepherd ... Mary, the young prostitute (uncredited)
Fred Stone ... Cabinet Minister (uncredited)
Donald Tandy ... Rogers - Plainclothesman (uncredited)
Joan Tyrrell ... The Major Domo (uncredited)
Mackenzie Ward ... Business Man (uncredited)
Joyce Wren ... Nurse (uncredited)

Directed by
Terence Fisher 
 
Writing credits
Wolf Mankowitz (screenplay)

Robert Louis Stevenson  novel "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (uncredited)

Produced by
Michael Carreras .... producer
Anthony Nelson Keys .... associate producer (as Anthony Nelson-Keys)
 
Original Music by
David Heneker 
Monty Norman 
 
Cinematography by
Jack Asher 
 
Film Editing by
Eric Boyd-Perkins 
 
Production Design by
Bernard Robinson 
 
Art Direction by
Don Mingaye 
 
Costume Design by
Mayo 
 
Makeup Department
Roy Ashton .... makeup artist
Ivy Emmerton .... hairdresser
 
Production Management
Clifford Parkes .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Peverall .... assistant director
Hugh Harlow .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Archie Ludski .... sound editor
Jock May .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Len Harris .... camera operator
Tom Edwards .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Molly Arbuthnot .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
James Needs .... supervising editor
 
Music Department
David Heneker .... songs composed by
John Hollingsworth .... musical supervisor
Monty Norman .... songs composed by
 
Other crew
Tilly Day .... continuity
Julie Mendez .... dance director
 

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Also Known As:
"House of Fright" - USA (informal alternative title)
"Jekyll's Inferno" - USA (reissue title)
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Runtime:
88 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
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The film takes place in 1874.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Henry Jekyll:I'm new to your wicked city.
Cabby:[after Jekyll is out of earshot] It's only wicked if you're poor, sir.
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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Truly original and underrated take on the classic story, 16 May 2009
Author: kriitikko from Kirkkonummi, Finland

In the 1870's London, the middle-aged Dr. Henry Jekyll lives a reclusive life with his young wife Kitty. Jekyll has given up lecturing in Universities and dedicates his time for charity works and his personal research in his private lab. He completely neglects his wife Kitty, who has started an affair with Jekyll's friend Paul Allen, who also spends Jekyll's money on his gambling debts. One night, Jekyll tests a drug he has invented to separate the good and evil in man, on himself. As a result he becomes young and handsome Edward Hyde, who soon begins his mission of not only to destroy Kitty and Paul, but Jekyll as well.

Terence Fisher's film "The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll" is one of the most original and underrated adaptations of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde". Since the three most well known movie versions of Jekyll & Hyde before this (1920 silent film with John Barrymore, 1931 classic with Frederic March and 1941 remake with Spencer Tracy) all repeated similar plot pattern, the Hammer Films wanted to give something different.

Like with Hammer's other adaptations of classic horror stories, the film only keeps the essential backbone of the original story and changes all else. Unlike in the three previous movies where Jekyll was presented as a young handsome and likable man and Hyde as evil looking ugly monster, here Jekyll is middle-aged bearded and very cold and harsh towards others. Hyde on the other hand is smooth, handsome player who gets everyone to like him like that. However, he is no less evil then other versions of Hyde. This time Hyde doesn't use Jekyll as a hiding place to escape to, but he puts the blame of his crimes on Jekyll. Nasty piece of work.

The film has been much underrated because it doesn't have the same kind of Hammer horror feel to it. But Fisher and others are not even trying to make this same kind of shocking horror film as their previous works "The Curse of Frankenstein", "Horror of Dracula" and "The Mummy" are. Instead Fisher and screenwriter Wolf Mankowitz are telling a tragedy of how one man's quest for knowledge ultimately destroys everything and everyone around him. The makers are more interested in showing the duality of Victorian era, where people were respectable during the day and transformed during the night. Jekyll in the movie is just the only one who does it literally.

The role of Jekyll/Hyde was originally meant for Christopher Lee, but not wanting to be type casted as the monster, since he had already played Frankenstein's creature, Count Dracula and the Mummy, Lee was casted as Paul Allen instead. Obviously glad to play different kind of part, Lee delivers one of his best Hammer performances as the suave and unreliable gambler. Lee played Jekyll and Hyde later in a movie called "I, Monster" from 1971, which follows Stevenson's book more faithfully than this one.

In the role of Jekyll/Hyde, Paul Massie is really underrated. Sure, I could name half a dozen other actors who have played the part better. But Massie is one of the few actors, along with Frederic March and Jack Palance, who managed to make both Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde interesting characters. Most actors I've found are rather boring when playing Jekyll, only coming to life when changing to Hyde. In the role of Jekyll's cheating wife Kitty, Dawn Addams is not just a candy to the eyes, she really fits the part perfectly and is one of the few Hammer leading ladies with some other talent than just their looks. In minor roles you can see Norma Marla and her very erotic snake dance, as well as young Oliver Reed in one of his earliest movie roles.

All in all, "The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll" is a forgotten gem, an enjoyable film from Hammer's highlight era, as long as you keep open mind and not expect gallons of blood.

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