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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

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In many passages it is an astonishingly fine bit of interpreting a classic, but as popular fare it loses in vital reaction. Camera trick of changing a central figure from the handsome Fredric March into the bestial, ape-like monster Mr Hyde, carries a terrific punch, but in each successive use of the device - and it is repeated four times - it weakens in hair-raising effect.


The director, Rouben Mamoulian, rather overdoes the pseudo-science at the beginning, but at some levels this story seems to work in every version and this one, set in a mid-Victorian environment, suggests the lust that has to come out - and the attraction of the gutter.

(Pauline Kael, New Yorker, 1970s)

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