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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Robertson, John S., 1878-1964.
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
New York : Kino Video, [2001]

Physical Description:
1 videodisc (79 min.) : silent, color tinted ; 4 3/4 in.
Dr. Jekyll, an idealistic London doctor, has a weakness for experiments which take him to the boundaries of human consciousness and experience. When Sir George Carew, father of the girl Jekyll loves, accuses him of being afraid of temptation, he finds a drug which allows him to separate the evil side of his personality from the good; as Edward Hyde, he embarks upon a career of crime.
General Note:
Not rated.

Based on the novelette, The strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Special features: "The transformation scene, " a 1909 audio recording; "Dr. Pyckle and Mr. Pride, " a 1925 one-reel parody starring Stan Laurel; "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, " excerpt of a rival 1920 version starring Sheldon Lewis; "The many faces of Jekyll/Hyde, " an illustrated essay on the story's origins and incarnations; about the score by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra.

Videodisc release of the 1920 motion picture by Famous Players-Lasky Corp. (Paramount).

For specific features see interactive menu.
Added Uniform Title:
Dr. Pyckle and Mr. Pride (Motion picture)

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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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi