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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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Original title
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Running time
98 min.
United States United States
Samuel Hoffenstein, Percy Heath (Novel: Robert Louis Stevenson)
Herman Hand, Rudolph G. Kopp, John Leipold, Ralph Rainger
Karl Struss (B&W)
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Paramount Pictures
Horror. Sci-Fi. Drama | 19th Century
Movie Groups
Robert Louis Stevenson Adaptations
Synopsis / Plot
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.
1931: Oscar: Best Actor ex-aequo (Fredric March). 3 Nominations
1932: Venice Film Festival: Without a Competitive Nature
Critics' reviews
  • "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" was the very first film to be shown in the history of the Venice Film Festival (the oldest film festival in the world), that was screened at 9:15 p.m. on 6 August 1932. There were no official awards.
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