November 13th, 2011: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)

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.

Where to Get It: iTunes, Amazon, Netflix (rental), or Libraries

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.

 

"I'm sorry, I can't let you marry Dr. Jekyll; he lacks a fine moustache."

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2 comments on “November 13th, 2011: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)

  1. Ha! I love the stache rating system! This is one of my favorite films and March’s performance is outstanding. I find this to be the superior version.

  2. professormortis says:

    Thanks kittenbiscuits. We came up with the stache system as a way to promote our Movember fund raising efforts without having to do full on Movember themed entries (though we really should, and I’d love to do at least one before the month is out).

    I’ve seen this one, the Barrymore silent film (which has some great scenes, but I watched an absolutely terrible DVD with an awful soundtrack, never a good thing for a silent film), and the 1941 version with Spencer Tracey. This is easily my favorite; March is great and since it’s Pre-Code it gets to be naughtier than the 1941 version.

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