Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
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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… More

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"The Stevenson story serves as the premise for an early (1921) appearance by John Barrymore, who plays the transformation scene -- very effectively -- without the aid of trick photography."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"This was the picture that made Barrymore a household name."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"One of the better renditions of the tale, thanks to John Barrymore's brilliant silent performance."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"One of the first significant American horror movies, and an interesting contrast to the same year's other, more important genre milestone, Germany's 'The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.'"
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"The split persona at the center of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde hews intriguingly close to the personal foibles of star John Barrymore."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine
"Not up to the Mamoulian version, but Barrymore's performance makes it essential."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"A wig, hairy prosthetic hands, and a slouched posture were all Barrymore needed to bring Stevenson's defining creation to life, and he did so with gusto."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"One of three 1920 adaptations of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic allegorical chiller, the Paramount Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is remembered primarily for John Barrymore's bravura performance as the title duo."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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