Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde (1931)
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Henry "Harry" Jekyll is a well respected member of London society. In his personal life, he is pre-engaged to Muriel Carew, the daughter of a brigadier general. In his professional life, he is a medical doctor, scientist and academician. He theorizes that in each man is a good side and an evil side which can be separated into two. In doing so, the evil side can be controlled and the good side can live without worry, in combination leading to the betterment of society. In his experiments, he uses himself as the subject to test his hypothesis. His evil side, who he coins Mr. Hyde, escapes into London, and terrorizes party-girl Ivy Pierson. Jekyll, aware of Hyde's goings-on, decides to stop his experiments because of the suffering he has caused Ivy. What Jekyll is unaware of is how ingrained Hyde is in Jekyll's life.
Put yourself in her place! The dreaded night when her lover became a madman!
Title: Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde
Release Date: December 31, 1931
Runtime: 98 mins
All Genres: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Colors: Black and White
IMDB Rating: 7.8
Buried.com Rating: 8.8 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With D
MPAA Rating: Approved
Fredric March ...Dr. Henry Jekyll / Mr. Hyde
Miriam Hopkins ...Ivy Pierson
Rose Hobart ...Muriel Carew
Holmes Herbert ...Dr. Lanyon
Halliwell Hobbes ...Brigadier General Carew
Edgar Norton ...Poole
Tempe Pigott ...Mrs. Hawkins
Sam Harris ...Dancer
Tom London ...Undetermined Role
Arnold Lucy ...Utterson
Murdock MacQuarrie ...Dissenting Doctor in Crowd
G.L. McDonnell ...Hobson - Carew's Butler
John Rogers ...Music Hall Waiter
Douglas Walton ...Blond Student
Eric Wilton ...Briggs - Lanyon's Butler
Robert Louis Stevenson
"Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565"
"Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ in F Minor, BWV 639"
"Fantasiestücke, op. 12: II. Aufschwung"
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- Put yourself in her place! The dreaded night when her lover became a madman!
- Poole: You should go out, sir. London offers many amusements for a gentlemen like you, sir. Dr. Jekyll: Yes, but gentlemen like me daren't take advantage of them, Poole. Gentlemen like me have to be very careful of what we do or say.
Dr. Lanyon: Perhaps you're forgetting, you're engaged to Muriel. Dr. Jekyll: Forgotten it? Can a man dying of thirst forget water? And do you know what would happen to that thirst if it were to be denied water? Dr. Lanyon: If I understand you correctly, you sound almost indecent. Dr. Jekyll: What names you give things!
Mr. Hyde: Perhaps you prefer a gentleman. One of those fine-mannered and honorable gentlemen. Those panting hypocrites who like your legs but talk about your garters.
Dr. Lanyon: You're a rebel, and see what it has done for you. You're in the power of this monster that you have created. Dr. Jekyll: I'll never take that drug again! Dr. Lanyon: Yes, but you told me you became that monster tonight not of your own accord. It will happen again. Dr. Jekyll: It never will. I'm sure of it. I'll conquer it! Dr. Lanyon: Too late. You cannot conquer it. It has conquered you!
Dr. Jekyll: Oh, God. This I did not intend. I saw a light but did not know where it was headed. I have tresspassed on your domain. I've gone further than man should go. Forgive me. Help me!
- The remarkable Jekyll-to-Hyde transition scenes in this film were accomplished by manipulating a series of variously colored filters in front of the camera lens. Fredric March's Hyde makeup was in various colors, and the way his appearance registered on the film depended on which color filter was being shot through. During the first transformation scene, the accompanying noises on the soundtrack included portions of Bach, a gong being played backwards, and, reportedly, a recording of director Rouben Mamoulian's own heart.
The heavy make up he wore as Hyde almost damaged Fredric March's face.
Fredric March's stunts were performed by Chick Collins.
When discussing whom to cast as Jekyll/Hyde, studio head Adolph Zukor initially suggested Irving Pichel for the part. Director Rouben Mamoulian turned it down because he wanted an actor who could play both parts convincingly and felt Pichel could only play Hyde. 'Phillips Holmes (I)' was considered and rejected for the opposite reason: he would have been a good Jekyll but a poor Hyde. Mamoulian then suggested Fredric March. Zukor felt that this was a bad choice because, up till then, March had been featured in mostly lightweight roles. Mamoulian insisted that March was perfect for the part, and Zukor acquiesced. In addition to winning March the first of his two Oscars, Jekyll/Hyde was the part that finally led to Hollywood taking him seriously in more demanding roles.
The characters of Muriel Carew and her father do not appear in Robert Louis Stevenson's original story. They are based on similar characters created by playwright T.R. Sullivan for his 1887 stage adaptation of the story.
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