Based on the story by Robert Louis Stevenson, Dr. Henry Jekyll believes that there are two distinct sides to men - a good and an evil side. He believes that by separating the two man can become liberated. He succeeds in his experiments with chemicals to accomplish this and transforms into Hyde to commit horrendous crimes. When he discontinues use of the drug it is already too late... Written by
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An exceptional cast and intelligent direction seals the quality of the
first 'talkie' version of Robert Louis Stevenson's tale. Often hailed
as the best of the many screen adaptations of the story, director
Robert Moumalin exploits the symbolic potential of the tale as well as
boldly tapping into popular Freudian trends concerning sexual
repression. The result is not a by-the-numbers rendition but an
effective interpretation with quirks and dimensions of its own. Yet the
film belongs to Frederic March who scooped an Oscar for his sensational
dual role. Although as Jekyll he unfortunately has to trade flowery
romantic dialogue with Rose Hobart, there can be no disputing the
menace of his Hyde, with his simian-like appearance, top hat, cloak and
cane, who turns cockney hooker Miriam Hopkins' life into a nightmare.
It's a breathtaking transformation both physically (thanks to stellar
make-up and special effects) and artistically and is undoubtedly the
centrepiece of this excellent vintage classic.
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