Climax! (1954–1958)
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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 

A little known adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic.


Allen Reisner


Robert Louis Stevenson (novel), Gore Vidal (adaptation)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Michael Rennie ... Dr. Henry Jekyll / Mr. Hyde
Cedric Hardwicke ... Mr. Utterson
Mary Sinclair Mary Sinclair ... The Girl
Lowell Gilmore ... Dr. Lanyon
John Hoyt ... Poole
Karen Scott Karen Scott ... The Girl Companion
Gilchrist Stuart Gilchrist Stuart ... Policeman (as Gil Stuart)
Keith McConnell Keith McConnell ... The Fiance
Harry Fields Harry Fields ... The Pianist
Diane Doxee Diane Doxee ... The Singer
Barbara Morrison ... The Dowager
William Lundigan ... Himself - Host
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Art Gilmore ... Announcer


Told through the Journal left by Dr. Jekyll after Mr. Hyde is killed in the opening scene. This is a bare bones production, but is very stylish never the less. The classic search of man's Duality. More subtle and sublime then the more famous versions. Written by Michael Autin

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28 July 1955 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The title makes reference to the novel 'The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' by Robert Louis Stevenson. See more »


When Hyde has requested the potion from his friend that will turn him back into Dr. Jekyll, he closes the curtains and an unknown hand can be seen to the left of the screen parting that curtain. See more »


Version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (2002) See more »

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CLIMAX!: DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE {TV} (Allen Reisner, 1955) **1/2
12 October 2013 | by MARIO GAUCISee all my reviews

A literally soul-searching doctor splits the good and evil natures within his own personality. A creditable adaptation (by Gore Vidal) of the horror perennial is undermined by pedestrian handling – and a leading man, Michael Rennie, whose physiognomy is far too prominent to be mistaken (especially under the scarce make-up employed). Having said that, the sheer presence of such veteran cast members like Cedric Hardwicke (as Dr. Lanyon – through whose eyes we see the narrative as he lies reading Jekyll's journal after his death) and John Hoyt (as Poole) keeps one watching. This episode of CLIMAX! was the earliest TV adaptation of the tale and, like other entries in this series, the show is frequently interrupted by "Your Host William Lundigan"'s tedious salesman pitch on the newest car models! In addition, I have previously watched Jean Renoir's splendid take on the material, THE TESTAMENT OF DR. CORDELIER (1959); Dan Curtis' 1968 production with Jack Palance; Giorgio Albertazzi's superlative modernization in the four-part mini-series, JEKYLL (1969); and the 1990 one with Michael Caine. Furthermore, I have another two other small screen adaptations I will be catching up with during this ongoing Halloween Challenge.

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