Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Rouben Mamoulian (1931)

91min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Robert Louis Stevenson's oft-told split personality tale receives its most stylish, erotic and exciting treatment under Rouben Mamoulian's sure direction. Fredric March deservedly won the best actor Oscar - shared with Wallace Beery in The Champ - for his tormented performance as the good-hearted physician whose research into man's dark side ends up changing him into the animalistic Mr Hyde; the single-take transformation scenes are particularly impressive. Also memorable is the smouldering sensuality of Miriam Hopkins as the prostitute who's the object of his evil attentions. This most enduring adaptation of the Faustian moral fable is totally satisfying.

Summary

Classic version of Robert Louis Stevenson's horror tale about a respected Victorian physician, obsessed with the nature of good and evil, whose experiments have monstrous side-effects. Starring Fredric March, Miriam Hopkins, Rose Hobart and Holmes Herbert.

Cast & Crew

Dr Henry Jekyll / Mr Hyde Fredric March
Ivy Pearson Miriam Hopkins
Muriel Carew Rose Hobart
Dr Lanyon Holmes Herbert
Brig Gen Carew Halliwell Hobbes
Poole Edgar Norton
Utterson Arnold Lucy
Hobson Colonel McDonnell
Mrs Hawkins Tempe Pigott
Director Rouben Mamoulian
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: BFIAvailable on: video and DVDReleased on: 12 Dec 2008
Drama