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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.

Director:

Terence Fisher

Writer:

Wolf Mankowitz (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paul Massie Paul Massie ... Dr. Henry Jekyll / Mr. Edward Hyde
Dawn Addams ... Kitty Jekyll
Christopher Lee ... Paul Allen
David Kossoff ... Dr. Ernst Litauer
Norma Marla Norma Marla ... Maria
Francis De Wolff 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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

House of Fright See more »

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Budget:

£146,417 (estimated)
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Hammer Films See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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This version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde features the opposite in transformation: the sensible Jekyll is bearded and speaks with a low voice while Hyde is clean-shaven and speaks in a normal, friendly-sounding voice. See more »

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Dr. Henry Jekyll: Will we ever know who we really are?
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Surprisingly Good Adaptation Of A Familiar Story
25 January 2003 | by sddavis63See all my reviews

I stumbled across this movie on late night television a couple of nights ago. It looked like a fairly low-budget movie and I didn't really expect to stay with it, but it surprised me. I found it to be an entertaining story, with enough originality to make it more than just a rehash of the Jekyll/Hyde tale. In particular, the portrayal of Jekyll and Hyde was different than what I expected. While Jekyll is generally portrayed as a kind and gentle man (while at the same time a bit cold and aloof) he is usually the more physically attractive side of the split personality. In this movie, Jekyll vaguely resembles Abraham Lincoln - hardly the most attractive man in history, while Hyde is actually strikingly handsome in addition to being charismatic. It seems that the point is that good and evil doesn't always equate to beauty and ugliness.

I thought Paul Massie did a decent job portraying both sides of the split personality, and a young Christopher Lee does well as Paul Allen, a scheming conniver having an affair with Jekyll's wife (Dawn Addams) who befriends Hyde, ultimately leading to his own downfall.

All in all, I quite enjoyed this movie, and am glad I stumbled across it.

7/10


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