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A Modern Jekyll and Hyde (1913)

Dr. Henry Jekyll experiments with scientific means of revealing the hidden, dark side of man and releases a murderer from within himself.


Robert Louis Stevenson (novel)




Cast overview:
Robert Broderick ... Jethro Smith - a modern Jekyll and Hyde
Irene Boyle ... Nora Smith - the Daughter
William R. Dunn ... Bill Hykes - Jethro's Henchman
Robert Ellis ... Roger Master - Nora's Sweetheart


Jethro Smith, regarded as a substantial citizen, is in reality leader of a desperate gang of criminals. No one suspects him of a dual existence, least of all, his daughter Nora. The man incurs the hatred of Hykes, a member of the gang. Shortly afterward, Hykes, in wandering about the vicinity of the Smith home, holds Nora up and steals her necklace. Roger, who is in love with the girl, comes to the rescue. Hykes escapes. Jethro goes to the gang's rendezvous after changing into rough clothes in a little shack he has rented for that purpose. The leader glances over the loot stolen by the gang. He is electrified to find Nora's locket among the loot Hykes displays. The gang learn their leader's secret. Hykes, who aspires to the leadership, snarls his intention of informing Nora as to her father's real character, A fight ensues. Police raid the place. Jethro escapes. The man hastens to his shack and gets into his other clothes. Hykes, seeking to escape from the officers, clamors for ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Horror







Release Date:

29 December 1913 (USA) See more »

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Kalem Company See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Version of Suspense: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1949) See more »

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This story is too slight to be very effective
31 March 2018 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A two reel offering that makes no pretense of living up to its title, for it is frankly melodramatic and in no sense a psychological study. The father of a pretty girl is a crook and burglar; but he has never let her suspect it and he dies (killed by one of his own gang) in the odor of respectability. The girl and her sweetheart never know the truth. This story is too slight to be very effective, especially with two reels of film. The picture has some pretty backgrounds and good sets; is fairly acted and has excellent photography throughout. The producer's work was good; all of the scenes were handled to get the best out of the material. Robert Broderick plays the crook; Irene Boyle, his daughter, and Robert Ellis, her sweetheart. William R. Dunn plays the one of the crook's gang who is obstreperous and who kills him in a pistol fight alone in a darkened room; the flashes showing when a gun is fired. - The Moving Picture World, January 17, 1914

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