Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 18, 1920
DVD Release Date: January 12, 1999
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This was the picture that made Barrymore a household name.

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Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

One of the better renditions of the tale, thanks to John Barrymore's brilliant silent performance.

John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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.'

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Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine

The split persona at the center of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde hews intriguingly close to the personal foibles of star John Barrymore.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Not up to the Mamoulian version, but Barrymore's performance makes it essential.

Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

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.

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TV Guide

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
John Barrymore stars as the good scientist who develops a potion that unlocks his wicked side in this silent adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic.… More
Jeremy Smith
Firstly this film holds a special place of significance in my movie viewing life as the oldest film I have ever seen, made in 1920, and as the first silent film… More
Aj V
Not the first version and not the best either, if you know the story it's predictable and boring. The characters aren't very interesting, the main… More
Byron Brubaker
Before Spencer Tracy in '41 and Fredric March in '31, John Barrymore played the split personalities of Jekyll and Hyde. The extremes of good and evil… More
Veronique Kwak
silent "dr. jekyll and mr. hyde" is the classic fable upon the irreconcible duality inside humanity, compounded by good and evil, a slight horror… More
Brandon Siddall
So, I sat down to watch John S. Robertson's version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Starring John Barrymore, one of the greatest actors to ever grace the… More