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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 ... 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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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hammer Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Oliver Reed (Bouncer) played the title characters in Dr. Heckyl and Mr. Hype (1980), another adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde". See more »

Quotes

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 ...
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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

The US version suffered heavy edits and removed most of the crude dialogue including "bitch", "fourpenny whore", "damn", "trollop" and "go to hell" which were replaced by "witch", "darn" and "go to hades". The print also reduced the snake dance and most of the bedroom scene, and the same print was later released on the US Columbia VHS. The Sony DVD, released in the Hammer Icons Of Horror collection, features the restored UK cinema version. See more »

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A good Hammer Studios film.
9 September 1999 | by davey-30See all my reviews

A good Hammer Film. The plot is keeping with in the Jekyll-Hyde story. Christopher Lee is in it, and so is sexy Dawn Adams. The snake dancer in the night club is one of the best I have ever watched! I was watching a documentary on the history of Hammer Films, and one of the producers said this film was not well recieved, for a B- Horror Movie I strongley dissagree.


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