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Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde

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Tookey's Rating
8 /10
Average Rating
8.46 /10
Fredric March , Miriam Hopkins , Rose Hobart
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Directed by: Rouben Mamoulian
Written by: Samuel Hoffenstein , Percy Heath from Robert Louis Stevensonís novel

Released: 1931
Origin: US
Colour: BW
Length: 90

A doctor (Fredric March) accidentally turns himself into a homicidal maniac.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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There had already been four previous attempts to film Robert Louis Stevensonís story, but this - the first talkie version - was easily the best, and is even today considered a classic of the horror and science fiction genres. The source of Dr Jekyllís psychosis in sexual frustration is made surprisingly clear: a reminder that this was made in the days before the puritanical Hays code. The main reasons this is a classic, though, are Mamoulianís innovative direction; Karl Straussís stunning cinematography; and Fredric Marchís central performance, which may today look over-the-top (especially thanks to some exaggerated make-up effects) but was deemed impressive and terrifying enough to win him an Academy Award. The critical response, though mixed, was unusually favourable for a horror film - perhaps because of the filmís origins in an acknowledged literary classic.

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