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      Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

      Released Dec 31, 1931 1h 37m Horror List
      91% Tomatometer 44 Reviews 81% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings Testing his theory that in every man dwells a good and an evil force, the reserved Dr. Jekyll (Fredric March) develops a formula that separates the two, turning him into a violent ruffian named Mr. Hyde. Thinking he has found the answer to one of life's grandest mysteries, Dr. Jekyll soon realizes he is becoming addicted to his darker self as he unleashes his violent side on earthy dance hall girl Ivy (Miriam Hopkins) and fights Hyde to regain control of his body. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      A classic. The definitive version of the Robert Louis Stevenson novella from 1931, with innovative special effects, atmospheric cinematography and deranged overacting.

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      SMH Staff Sydney Morning Herald One seeks in vain for an adequate development in this film of the powerful psychology which must remain the essential motive of such a fantasy as Stevenson created. A mere succession of incidents does not furnish this study. Oct 7, 2020 Full Review Age Staff The Age (Australia) The onlooker, instead of being filled with righteous horror and indignation, begins to find so much super invention and thoroughness irresistibly comic. Oct 7, 2020 Full Review TIME Staff TIME Magazine Fredric March, ably assisted by Miriam Hopkins and Rose Hobart, is magnificent as Hyde, and he gives Jekyll a stilted Victorian elegance which, being a little false, makes Hyde's existence seem more credible. Oct 7, 2020 Full Review Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid In the lead role, Fredric March's transformation from Jekyll to Hyde is still startling and, frankly, terrifying. The superb makeup was certainly part of it, but March's skill was the finishing touch. Rated: 4/4 Oct 30, 2022 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy A provocative pre-Code chiller. Rated: 3.5/4 Oct 30, 2022 Full Review Mattie Lucas From the Front Row Mamoulian's pre-code film doesn't try to shy away from the more lurid elements of the story the way that Victor Fleming's remake does, and the result is something altogether more eerie and frightening. Rated: 3.5/4 Oct 26, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Hadrian M An absolute classic. The way they show sexual abuse is not to exploit it but to show the full horror of it happening. Very brave for a 1930s movie. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/22/24 Full Review Alec B Its unfortunate that the mediocre Spencer Tracy remake eclipsed this masterpiece. Beyond the great performances of March and Hopkins (who convincingly plays fear in a way that was ahead of its time) its filled with POV shots, split screens, and astonishingly convincing effects work. Also it is an immensely horny movie, even for the pre-code era. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/28/24 Full Review Valerii Ege D No wonder the movie won 4 Oscars. It was the best adaptation I have watched. Approach to Hyde's ugly face, POV shots, and interesting transitions. Totally innovative. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 11/13/23 Full Review Deke P Loved it. Especially the 1932 (!) take on this classic. Excellent acting. Never saw it until on the tv set 10.19.23 Holloween month. g Rated 5 out of 5 stars 10/23/23 Full Review Johnny D The film starts off interestingly enough, I suppose. The cinematography, makeup, and ambience are all attention-grabbers. But then it quickly drags on to be a bit of a bore, albeit interspersed with some entertaining moments. The photogenic Frederic March and Miriam Hopkins are both a pleasure to watch; some of their scenes evoke a gratifying eroticism that sticks with you long afterward, and that today's films seem rarely able to achieve. Unfortunately, I found myself already hoping it would end before it was even halfway through. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 10/10/23 Full Review TheFlozellify An extremely interesting work from the early days of motion pictures. Lots of creative and innovative techniques throughout. And a fantastic performance by Frederic March. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 10/06/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Testing his theory that in every man dwells a good and an evil force, the reserved Dr. Jekyll (Fredric March) develops a formula that separates the two, turning him into a violent ruffian named Mr. Hyde. Thinking he has found the answer to one of life's grandest mysteries, Dr. Jekyll soon realizes he is becoming addicted to his darker self as he unleashes his violent side on earthy dance hall girl Ivy (Miriam Hopkins) and fights Hyde to regain control of his body.
      Director
      Rouben Mamoulian
      Producer
      Rouben Mamoulian
      Distributor
      Paramount Pictures
      Production Co
      Paramount Pictures
      Genre
      Horror
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Dec 31, 1931, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Oct 18, 2010
      Runtime
      1h 37m
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