#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Based on the story by Robert Louis Stevenson, Dr. Henry Jekyll believes that there are two distinct sides to men – a good and an evil side. He believes that by separating the two man can become liberated. He succeeds in his experiments with chemicals to accomplish this and transforms into Hyde to commit horrendous crimes. When he discontinues use of the drug it is already too late…
Plot: Dr. Henry Jekyll believes that there are two distinct sides to men – a good and an evil side. He believes that by separating the two, man can become liberated. He succeeds in his experiments with chemicals to accomplish this and transforms into Hyde to commit horrendous crimes. When he discontinues use of the drug, it is already too late.
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The Beast Within Remembers
It’s amazing that years before Sigmund Freud was writing about stuff like the ego and the id, Robert Louis Stevenson, a great writer, but not a man of science, was able to grasp at what Freud later said about human behavior. There lurks in all of us a beast capable of doing great evil, that man’s civilized self is forever trying to control.
Henry Jekyll, London society doctor, is engaging in experiments to prove that theory. He’s a gentleman in every sense of the word, engaged to a proper English girl played by Rose Hobart here. It’s funny, but in none of the adaptions of this story is it ever explained what could be in the potion that Jekyll concocts and drinks. But drink it he does and Jekyll becomes the simian like Mr. Hyde, evil incarnate itself.
Another reviewer pointed out the film is actually based on a play adapted from the novel and done originally on stage by Richard Mansfield in London. In that play the character of Ivy, a girl no better than she ought to be attracts the attention of Jekyll when he stops a man from assaulting her. He takes her up to her flat and she makes an effort to seduce him. He resists, but the beast within remembers.
This film becomes one of the first to deal with the phenomenon of stalking. Miriam Hopkins is a comely Ivy and Ivy herself is one of the most luckless characters ever created in fiction whether she was in the original story or not.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde made movie audiences and critics start to take Fredric March seriously as actor. Up to then he had played a variety of lightweight parts on screen. Even so Paramount after this still insisted on still casting him in those roles after he won an Academy Award for Best Actor. When he got free of that studio contract March got the parts he was so capable of.
When MGM wanted to remake the film for Spencer Tracy they bought not just the rights from Paramount, but the film itself. It was not seen for many years and the VHS version I have of it has an MGM opening logo, but the cast at the end says Paramount. Kind of unusual to say the least.
I do disagree with the application of the term science fiction to this story. Hyde is a beast. But he’s not something created by nature or man, nor is he an alien from another world. We all have a Hyde within us, it’s how well we control him in our selves, and how well as a society we control the Hydes that would do us harm that deems whether we survive as a society or not.
Hyde is very human, with no superhuman powers and no created weaponry. Takes an extraordinary actor to play Jekyll and Hyde and do it well. Only the best take a crack at it like John Barrymore, Spencer Tracy, Jack Palance, and Kirk Douglas. And March is one of the very best. See for yourself.
Among the best adaptations of this story!
When speaking about horror films from the 30s, almost invariably the conversation moves around Universal Studios and the remarkable movies it released on that decade. However, Universal was not the only studio that released a horror classic, and while 1931 is often remembered as the year of Tod Browning’s “Dracula” and James Whale’s “Frankenstein”, it was also the year of another horror classic that deserves a mention: Rouben Mamoulian’s amazing version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”. titled simply “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”, the film was previously adapted with good results in 1920 with the legendary actor John Barrymore as the main character, however, Mamoulian’s version is nowadays considered the definitive version of the novel and Paramount’s answer to Universal’s efforts in the horror genre.
Adapted by Samuel Hoffenstein and Percy Heath, the film successfully translates the theme and mood of the novel although (like the previous silent version) does some changes to the plot. Still, the basic story is the tale of Dr. Henry Jekyll (Fredric March) a successful doctor who is convinced that he can isolate the evil in human’s soul. As he drinks a potion he invents for this purpose, he sets free all the evil in his persona becoming Mr. Hyde, a brutish man who exists only to make evil. Now, Dr. Jekyll will have to face the consequences of letting Mr. Hyde out.
From the brilliant opening scene (one of the most amazing uses of subjective camera) the film becomes a captivating experience thanks to the very artistic style that Mamoulian gives to the film. A former Broadway director, Mamoulian responds to Universal’s famous expressionist art direction with a brave and intelligent use of the camera. It’s amazing that in this his third film Mamoulian already shows a domain of this new language, leaving an influential work still relevant to this day. The way the film is edited is also another of Mamoulian’s impressive creations, as he plays with the subconscious via transparent merging of images, and a lot of sexual imagery (a bold move even for a pre-Hays code film).
Hoffenstein and Heath’s adaptation of the story has now become the best remembered version of the novel, mainly because it translates remarkably well the story from paper (written from the point of view of one of Jekyll’s friends) to visuals (making Jekyll the lead) with better results than the 1920s version. Just as brave as Mamoulian’s bold use of sexual imagery is the sexual innuendo that fills the script, and is also one of the films that are not only horrific in imagery, but also in words. Hyde’s words have a powerful psychological impact that more than 70 years later still give the chills when pronounced by March.
And this takes us to Fredric March’s performance as both Jekyll & Hyde. While it’s certainly difficult to beat the legendary Barrymore, March really succeeds in making an equally impressive performance by making his own interpretation of the character (his Hyde seems less sinister, but considerably more aggressive, primal and brutal), giving the final touch to Mamoulian’s outstanding version of the novel. Another highlight is Miriam Hopkins’ performance as Ivy Pearson, a prostitute that becomes the focus of Hyde’s most violent actions. Hopkins really transmits the fear that this man creates and in a frighteningly believable performance becomes our eyes in the chaos. Rose Hobart and Holmes Herbert complete the cast, but none reach the high levels of perfection that both March and Hopkins achieve.
Being a fan of the silent version with Barrymore I was expecting a very disappointing film, so my surprise was huge at discovering that not only this film equals the first one in terms of acting, it’s an overall superior film in many other aspects. Mamoulian’s film is a jewel on the level of the more famous Universal’s films, and possibly outshines them too as it’s a proof that with inventive and creativity one can create a great film despite the low-budget. The 1931 version of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” really lives up to the hype of being “the definitive version” of R.L. Stevenson’s famed novel.
It’s sad that Mamoulian was literally fired from the movie industry in the 60s, after being one of the most inventive (although less prolific) directors. Still, his knowledge as Broadway director and his enormous creativity played an important role in the films he directed, and “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” is probably among the top 5 of his career. 10/10. Definitely a must-see.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 38 min (98 min), 1 hr 36 min (96 min) (TCM print)
Genre Horror, Sci-Fi
Director Rouben Mamoulian
Writer Samuel Hoffenstein (screen play), Percy Heath (screen play), Robert Louis Stevenson (based on the novel by)
Actors Fredric March, Miriam Hopkins, Rose Hobart, Holmes Herbert
Awards Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations.
Production Company Paramount Pictures
Sound Mix Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Aspect Ratio 1.20 : 1
Film Length 2,215.6 m (8 reels) (UK), 2,690 m (11 reels) (USA)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm