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The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960)

Approved | | Horror | 3 May 1961 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Terence Fisher

Writer:

Wolf Mankowitz (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Francis De Wolff ... Inspector
Joy Webster ... Jenny
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Storyline

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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This is the second of three Hammer adaptations of Robert Louis Stevenson's novella "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde". The first was The Ugly Duckling (1959) and the third was Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde (1971). See more »

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Maria: [In her dressing room] Your friend talked to me like a common whore.
Dr. Henry Jekyll: In all fairness he never implied you were common.
Maria: [She takes off her mask and Hyde is struck by her exotic beauty] Just how much money did you have in mind, Mr. Hyde?
Dr. Henry Jekyll: I would not insult so beautiful a woman by offering her anything so trivial.
Maria: [Dismissively] So, thank you for your politeness, but good night.
Dr. Henry Jekyll: Don't mention it.
[She walks into her bedroom and he confidently follows]
Maria: I have to dress.
Dr. Henry Jekyll: Don't let me prevent you.
Maria: But I have an ...
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Crazy Credits

Robert Louis Stevenson goes unmentioned in the credits. Because the novel is in the public domain, Hammer apparently felt no obligation to bill him. See more »

Alternate Versions

For the original UK cinema version cuts were made by the BBFC to shorten the scene where the woman dances with a snake, shots of brief nudity during Hyde's bedroom scene with Maria, and a reduction in Hyde's strangulation of her. The 2010 Sony DVD features the restored and uncut UK cinema version. See more »

Connections

Version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941) See more »

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An Hyde of a Time
27 December 2003 | by Space_MafuneSee 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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

House of Fright See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP146,417 (estimated)
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Hammer Films See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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