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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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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 »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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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 The Ugly Duckling (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Danvers's Blessing
Music and Lyrics by Lionel Bart
Performed by Michael Redgrave
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Uneven With No Real Direction
4 October 2010 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1973)

** (out of 4)

Extremely uneven, made-for-TV version of the Robert Louis Stevenson novel finds the kind Henry Jekyll (Kirk Douglas) being turned down by an insane asylum when he asks permission to treat one of their patients with his new drug. With no where else to turn Jekyll decides to try it on himself and soon he's transformed into the evil Mr. Hyde. This film originally played on NBC and has become somewhat of a Holy Grail for me over the past couple years because no matter how hard I tried I just could never track down a copy. Finally the movie showed up and I must admit that it was pretty disappointing but in areas that I really wasn't expecting it. I'll start off by saying that you're entertainment level is going to depend on how many of the songs you enjoy. I'm not sure how well a Musical version of the Jekyll and Hyde story went over back in the day but when viewing this film today one can't help but, at times, roll their eyes and laugh. I've heard rumors that some of the songs here were originally cut from OLIVER! but a few experts say this isn't true. I certainly hope not because I found the songs here to be incredibly boring, stiff and just downright flat. I guess, to be fair, you could say that some of them were inventive in terms of the lyrics but they still didn't work for me because I just didn't find any energy or emotion in any of them. Another problem is that director Winters is all over the place and never really seems to know how he wants the film to play. At times you'd swear you were watching some sort of spoof because of how over the top some of the performances and songs are. Just take a look at the first transformation sequence with Douglas turning into Hyde and you'll be wondering why the director never stepped in and demanded a second take. There were actually several moments where I wondered if an outtake had slipped into the production because the numbers were either that bad or just didn't live up to be anything special. Douglas seems a bit too laid back as Jekyll but he does manage to come to life as Hyde later in the film. I think the crazier Hyde gets the better Douglas' performance becomes. The real shock here is Susan George who plays the role of the prostitute. I'd dare say this is the best performance I've seen her in next to STRAW DOGS and her singing was actually very good. Another major thumbs up goes to Donald Pleasence who plays a watch thief and he too manages to sing quite well. Michael Redgrave appears briefly and is a bit too wooden. The set design is actually pretty good looking and the costumes are another major plus but these few good things can't save an otherwise dull film. If one enjoys the music they'll probably rate this one a bit higher but I'd say the majority of people are going to walk away disappointed.


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