Based on the story by Robert Louis Stevenson, Dr. Henry Jekyll believes that there are two distinct sides to men - a good and an evil side. He believes that by separating the two man can become liberated. He succeeds in his experiments with chemicals to accomplish this and transforms into Hyde to commit horrendous crimes. When he discontinues use of the drug it is already too late...Written by
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Held the distinction of being the only horror film nominated for the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, until 2009 when George A. Romero's "Survival of the Dead" became the second-- nearly 80 years later. See more »
Immediately after Hyde changes to Jekyll in front of Dr. Lanyon, he moves his head and briefly reveals the padded armature attached to the back of his chair, intended to hold his head in the same position while the makeup artists worked on various stages of his transformation. See more »
Why aren't you frank enough to admit that other - that indecent self in you? No! You prefer to hide it, pretend it isn't there.
We have to accept certain things...
I don't want to accept them! I want to be clean - not only in my conduct; but, in my inner most thoughts and desires.
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The infamous Miriam Hopkins nude scene, missing even from the restored Turner Classics version on VHS, is fully restored in the DVD release. This widely censored scene includes a single nude shot, lasting perhaps five seconds, of Miriam Hopkins as Ivy getting into bed during her first meeting with Jekyll. The DVD also restores the film's original Paramount opening logo (previous video release opened with the MGM logo.) See more »
Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale of split personality has been filmed before in 1920 with John Barrymore and in 1941 with Spencer Tracy, but Rouben Mamoulian's expressionist 1931 version stands head and shoulders above the rest. First of all, you have Fredric March, whose tour-de-force performance as the good-natured Jekyll and the monstrous Hyde earned him the Best Actor Oscar. Second, the camera work by Karl Struss brilliantly captures the mood of the story. And lastly, the transformation sequences set an enormous precedent for the later monster movies. It all blends together to form one of most amazing horror movies of the 1930's. Even today, it still has the power to mesmerize and send chills down the spine of even the most hardened horror fan.
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