MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 12,345 this week

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1968)

TV Movie  -   -  Sci-Fi | Horror | Drama  -  7 January 1968 (USA)
6.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.9/10 from 319 users  
Reviews: 14 user | 9 critic

This made-for-television adaptation doesn't waste time with preliminaries. Within 15 minutes of its opening, Dr. Henry Jekyll has already experimented on himself with a concoction that he'd... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (teleplay)
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

Alpha House Premieres Today

All ten episodes of the second season of "Alpha House" are available starting today. Watch them now, only on Prime Instant Video.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 34 titles
created 31 May 2012
 
list image
a list of 25 titles
created 05 May 2013
 
a list of 103 titles
created 12 Aug 2013
 
a list of 51 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 918 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (TV Movie 1968)

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (TV Movie 1968) on IMDb 6.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

User Polls

Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Bram Stoker's Dracula (TV Movie 1974)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

"Bistritz, Hungary May 1897". Natives in Transylvania seem afraid when they learn solicitor Jonathan Harker is going to Castle Dracula on business... See full synopsis »

Director: Dan Curtis
Stars: Jack Palance, Simon Ward, Nigel Davenport
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (TV Movie 2000)
Horror | Thriller | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

The Hong Kong martial arts version of Jekyll and Hyde, with Hyde as the mythical fighting champion known as the White Tiger battling the Triads, drug trafficking and illegal organ transplants.

Director: Colin Budds
Stars: Adam Baldwin, Steve Bastoni, Anthony Brandon Wong
Jekyll (2007)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

While researching a cure for cancer, DR. HENRY JEKYLL creates a computer-generated alter-ego, MR. HYDE, a creature of animal appetites and uncontrollable impulses who goes on a killing spree and ultimately tries to destroy his own creator...

Director: Scott Zakarin
Stars: Matt Keeslar, Jonathan Silverman, Alanna Ubach
Dead of Night (TV Movie 1977)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

This anthology tells three stories: a man buys a car that takes him back and forth through time; a tale of vampires; and a distraught mother asks for her drowned son to come back to life ... See full summary »

Director: Dan Curtis
Stars: Ed Begley Jr., E.J. André, Ann Doran
Scream of the Wolf (TV Movie 1974)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A big-game hunter comes out of retirement to help track down a killer wolf, and begins to suspect that it isn't a wolf but an animal that can take human form.

Director: Dan Curtis
Stars: Peter Graves, Clint Walker, Jo Ann Pflug
Horror | Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Dr. Henry Jekyll experiments with scientific means of revealing the hidden, dark side of man and releases a murderer from within himself.

Director: Terence Fisher
Stars: Paul Massie, Dawn Addams, Christopher Lee
The Turn of the Screw (TV Movie 1974)
Horror | Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

An English governess is hired to take care of two adorable orphans, who turn out to be not exactly what they seem to be.

Director: Dan Curtis
Stars: John Barron, Eva Griffith, Jasper Jacob
Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Dr. Henry Jekyll experiments with scientific means of revealing the hidden, dark side of man and releases a murderer from within himself.

Director: John S. Robertson
Stars: John Barrymore, Martha Mansfield, Brandon Hurst
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Director: Mark Redfield
Stars: Mark Redfield, Ellie Torrez, Kosha Engler
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

In New York in 1995 Dr. Richard Jacks is a creator of perfumes. Thus he spends his days inventing new colorful and well smelling potions and certainly caring for his girlfriend Sarah Carver... See full summary »

Director: David Price
Stars: Sean Young, Tim Daly, Lysette Anthony
Certificate: Passed Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Dr. Jekyll faces horrible consequences when he lets his dark side run wild with a potion that changes him into the animalistic Mr. Hyde.

Director: Rouben Mamoulian
Stars: Fredric March, Miriam Hopkins, Rose Hobart
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (TV Movie 1973)
Horror | Musical | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Musical version of the story in which Dr. Henry Jekyll experiments with scientific means of revealing the hidden, dark side of man and releases a murderer from within himself.

Director: David Winters
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Susan George, Stanley Holloway
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Mr. George Devlin
...
Torin Thatcher ...
Sir John Turnbull
Rex Sevenoaks ...
Dr. Wright
Gillie Fenwick ...
Elizabeth Cole ...
Hattie (as Liz Cole)
Duncan Lamont ...
Sergeant Grimes
Paul Harding ...
Constable Johnson
Oskar Homolka ...
Stryker
Tessie O'Shea ...
Tessie O'Toole
Jeanette Landis ...
Liz (as Jeannette Landis)
Liza Creighton ...
Billie
...
Gwyn Thomas
Donald Webster ...
Garvis
Edit

Storyline

This made-for-television adaptation doesn't waste time with preliminaries. Within 15 minutes of its opening, Dr. Henry Jekyll has already experimented on himself with a concoction that he'd hoped would neutralize his baser instincts but which releases without inhibition his long-repressed animal inclinations. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

7 January 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The majority of background music is the same that was used for Dark Shadows, also produced by Dan Curtis. In fact the music playing when Dr. Jekyll first visits Gwyn Thomas at the pub is Quentin's Theme from Dark Shadows. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Lanyon: Gentlemen, have you ever contemplated the horror of eternal damnation?
Dr. Wright: [chuckling] Well, not in terms of myself, no!
Dr. Lanyon: [very serious] Then do contemplate it - in terms of Henry Jekyll.
See more »

Connections

Version of Jekyll + Hyde (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Soldiers of the Queen
(uncredited)
(sung by Tessie O'Toole)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
One of the better versions of the classic story.
15 August 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In the late 1960s, Dan Curtis made a name for himself by being the executive producer and writer for "Dark Shadows". In addition, he made a few made for TV horror films--including "Dracula", "The Picture of Dorian Gray" and this film, "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde".

One problem with this and all other versions of the story I have seen is that they have the same actor play both Dr. Jekyll AND Mr. Hyde. I say this is a mistake because in Robert Louis Stevenson's novel, the reason why folks could not believe the two men were one was that Hyde was SIGNIFICANTLY shorter than the doctor. In other words, films only use a bit of makeup to make the transformation and the two invariably look too similar to make the story very convincing.

Unlike the movie versions of the story made during the sound era, this one is unusual in that it jumps right into the action. Within a few minutes of the start of the film, Dr. Jekyll has already created his elixir to transform himself into a less restrained persona, Mr. Hyde. His motivations and good works he did before the transformation are really not explored in any depth like other films. I don't think this is a bad thing--just different.

Another thing that was a bit different is that this version is quite a bit more violent than other versions (such as the Frederic March and Spencer Tracy films). Hyde stabs and beats a lot of folks for kicks and seems more nasty than usual. Again, not a bad thing at all--just different. Plus, the awfulness of Hyde is well in keeping with the spirit of the novel.

I think the thing that surprised me the most is that Jack Palance was quite good. He was intense as Hyde and quite restrained as Jekyll. The film also looked exceptional. In particular, the streets of London were quite striking as were the costumes. They got the look down quite well--far better than you'd expect for a made for TV production. As a result, it's about as good a version as you can find--though, as I pointed out above, it sure would be nice to see a version closer to the book in regard to how Hyde looked.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
When was this really made? newbirth35
First post? milomcmillan
Blood dosn't work on TV Sillyhuron

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?