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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1973)

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

Writers:

Robert Louis Stevenson (novel), Sherman Yellen (screenplay)
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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kirk Douglas ... Dr. Jekyll / Mr. Hyde
Susan George ... Anne
Susan Hampshire ... Isabel
Stanley Holloway ... Poole
Donald Pleasence ... Fred Smudge
Michael Redgrave ... Danvers (as Sir Michael Redgrave)
Geoffrey Chater
John C. Moore John C. Moore
Geoffrey Wright Geoffrey Wright
Judi Bowker ... Tupenny
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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. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Genres:

Horror | Musical | Sci-Fi

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 March 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dr Džekil i g. Hajd See more »

Company Credits

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

There have been more than forty versions of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale, but the one that eclipses them all for ingenuity is Dr. Pyckle and Mr. Pryde (1925), a two reeler in which Stan Laurel created a brilliant parody of John Barrymore's 1920 performance. See more »

Quotes

Fred Smudge: Take her away.
Fred Smudge: I can't keep the creature... guvnor! I can't just let her go. She might fall under a cab, fall in the river or something. I'm wicked, but I'm tidy. I wouldn't want anyone to think that Freddie Smudge left a mess lying about.
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Connections

Version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

Smudge's Song
Music and Lyrics by Lionel Bart
Performed by Donald Pleasence
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Only for die-hard Kirk Douglas fans
8 January 2018 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

Certain roles, like Hamlet, Ebenezer Scrooge, and Dr. Jekyll, are continually redone. Usually it's because big stars wish to show off their acting chops and play these iconic roles, and no matter how many times we've already seen the story, we usually flock to the theaters and support our favorite leading men. The only versions of Robert Louis Stevenson's story Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde I've seen are the ones starring Michael Caine and Kirk Douglas! Where my celebrity boyfriends go, I go.

In this television musical, there's a juxtaposition of two very different movies. One movie is a classic adaptation of the spooky drama in which a respected scientist takes his experiments too far and transforms into a monster. The other is a very silly musical with very silly songs. As the music and lyrics were written by Lionel Bart, of Oliver! fame, you might think the contrast of a very dark story with silly songs might work out. Unfortunately, in this case, it doesn't. As hard as Kirk Douglas tries to inject a little class into the movie, he's given such lousy raw materials to work with, there really isn't any chance that the audience can take the movie seriously. The opening song, in which passersby believe Dr. Jekyll to be a man of good character, is pretty cute. But, after you've heard the last chorus of "Whatever it is, whatever Jekyll's doing, I'm sure it's something very, very good!" you've heard the last cute song. The rest are so silly and simple they just might turn you into your own version of Mr. Hyde.


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