Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)

The good Doctor Jekyll invents a drug that unleashes Mr. Hyde, the incarnation of his uncontrollable evil side, with devastating consequences. The first sound film version of this oft-told Robert Louis Stevenson story, this visually… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama, Horror
Release Date: December 31, 1931
DVD Release Date: January 6, 2004
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A classic. The definitive version of the Robert Louis Stevenson novella from 1931, with innovative special effects, atmospheric cinematography and deranged overacting.

Variety Staff

Camera trick of changing a central figure from the handsome Fredric March into the bestial, ape-like monster Hyde, carries a terrific punch, but in each successive use of the device -- and it is repeated four times -- it weakens in hair-raising effort.

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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

Fredric March is the stellar performer in this blood-curdling shadow venture.

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Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

There has never been a more inventive nor engaging retelling of this classic story.

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

Dr Jekyll combines gothic horror, aristocratic romance and madcap Freudian psychodrama into a dizzying, exhilarating brew.

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

This most enduring adaptation of the Faustian moral fable is totally satisfying.

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Jim Hall

While some of the dialogue and acting may now seem arch, this remains a standout take on the classic novel, visually inventive and often surprisingly strong given the era in which it was made.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

A remarkable achievement that deserves to be much better known.

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Emanuel Levy

Fredric March received his first Best Actor Oscar for playing the titular roles in Mamoulian's moody and haunting version of Stevenson's novella.

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Wendy Ide
Times (UK)

It's a lurid potboiler which is notable for some superb camera work (a long POV tracking shot at the beginning of the film for example), some innovative early special effects and some of the most deranged overacting you are ever likely to see.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Graham Jones
The overacting is too much for me but the transformation scenes are pretty cool. A classic, but not for me.
Stella Dallas
frederic march is the best jekyll/hyde. nice effects and pretty racy
Kevin M. Williams
Robert Louis Stevenson's cautionary tale of obsession and dark passions is given fine treatment by Mamoulian, the make-up artists and, of course, Fredric… More
Greg S
Attempting to "segregate the soul of man," Victorian scientist Dr. Jekyll invents a potion that accidentally turns him into a sadistic sex maniac who… More
Veronique Kwak
who could compete with that sizzling seductive whisper..."come back...SOON...." with a sexy leg rolling by the bedside to scratch your libido into… More
Cindy I
My favorite version of this classic tale of good/evil sides in every person. The makeup effects are outstanding for the time period. And Fredric March plays… More