Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

John Barrymore
Director: John S. Robertson Cast: John Barrymore
John Barrymore
, Martha Mansfield
Martha Mansfield
, Nita Naldi
Nita Naldi
John S. Robertson

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Overview

In 1920, filmgoers were treated to no fewer than two different film versions of Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. In this one, John Barrymore plays the humanitarian Dr. Henry Jekyll, who becomes obsessed with the notion of separating the good and evil impulses within every man. To this end, he develops a potion which unleashes his own darker side: the demonic Mr. Hyde. This was the adaptation which established the cliché of having both a "good" and "bad" leading lady, to parallel the doppelganger aspects of the Jekyll/Hyde personality. Martha Mansfield is the good girl, while Nita Naldi, wearing costumes that were daring indeed in 1920, is the bad one. The adaptors also borrowed the character of Lord Henry from Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray in order to provide Jekyll with an evil mentor/blackmailer. Sadly, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde proved to be one of the last starring films for leading lady Martha Mansfield: she died horribly during filming of The Warrens of Virginia (1924) when her costume touched a discarded match and burst into flame.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/28/2014
UPC: 0738329122027
Original Release: 1920
Rating: NR
Source: Kino Lorber
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:19:00
Sales rank: 43,936

Special Features

Mastered in HD from archival 35mm elements; Musical score compiled by Rodney Sauer, performed by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Association; Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the 1912 Thanhouser version, starring James Cruze (12 min., courtesy of Film Preservation Associates); Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde, a 15-minute cut of the rival 1920 version, starring Sheldon Lewis, produced by Louis B. Mayer; "Dr. Pyckle and Mr. Pride," a 1925 slapstick parody starring Stan Laurel; "The Transformation Scene," a rare 1909 audio recording

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
1. Idealist
2. Sick Boy
3. Temptation
4. Monster Within
5. A Secret Place
6. Victims of Depravity
7. Shadow of Evil
8. Remorse
9. Potion
10. Locked In

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