Dr. JEKYLL and Mr. HYDE

1920 **** 79 mins.

This wasn't the first film adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novella, but it's the first one of any real importance. John Barrymore stars as the dual titular role. I've heard it said that this is the most faithful adaptation of Stevenson's novella, and if that's the case, then that kind of stinks. Granted, we all know that Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are the same person, so I guess it makes sense to play the story out in a different way. Where Stevenson's novella was told as a murder mystery, where the killer was revealed at the end, this film is told linearly, with Dr. Jekyll getting the idea for and developing the serum that will turn him into Mr. Hyde, allowing his more wild, dark side to be set free. The film goes into some heavy themes along this line, about how freeing it can be to allow one's darker side out, even for a while. It's a very enjoyable film, and John Barrymore is captivating and frightening in his performance. The makeup on Mr. Hyde is extraordinary, and it's bound to haunt your nightmares for the rest of your life!
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 1.33:1
Not Rated.

Starring:
John Barrymore + Martha Masfield + Louis Wolheim + Brandon Hurst + Nita Naldi + Charles Lane

Script:
Clara S. Beranger

Based on the Novelette by
Robert Louis Stevenson

Director:
John Stuart Robertson


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