Cast and Crew: Adolph Zukor (Producer); Miriam Hopkins
What It’s About: Dr. Jekyll (Frederic March) seeks to remove evil from his nature, but his cure instead separates his personality in two, unleashing all of his worst characteristics as the fiendish Mr. Hyde.
Why Watch it Today?: Author Robert Louis Stevenson was born 161 years ago today. Stevenson’s most famous works include Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the subject of over a hundred film adaptations and countless rip-offs, none of which do particular justice to his original story. Nevertheless, Rouben Mamoulian’s 1931 adaptation is a highly entertaining pre-Hayes Code horror film, with March winning an Oscar for his performance in the dual title role, one of the few Oscars awarded to a horror film in a major category. The film was also nominated for Best Cinematography and Best Adapted Screenplay.
Mo Rating for Movember: Neither Dr. Jekyll nor Mr. Hyde sport Mos, but Jekyll’s overbearing future father-in-law, Brigadier-General Sir Danvers Carew (Halliwell Hobbes) sports an amazing handlebar, earning the film 2 0ut 0f 5 Mos.