Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a 1931 American pre-Code horror film, directed by Rouben Mamoulian and starring Fredric March, who plays a possessed doctor who tests his new formula that can unleash people's inner demons. The film is an adaptation of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, the 1886 Robert Louis Stevenson tale of a man who takes a potion which turns him from a mild-mannered man of science into a homicidal maniac.
Dr. Henry Jekyll (Fredric March), a kind English doctor in Victorian London, is certain that within each man lurks impulses for both good and evil. He is desperately in love with his fiancée Muriel Carew (Rose Hobart) and wants to marry her immediately. But her father, Brigadier General Sir Danvers Carew (Halliwell Hobbes), orders them to wait. One night, while walking home with his colleague, Dr. John Lanyon (Holmes Herbert), Jekyll spots a bar singer, Ivy Pierson (Miriam Hopkins), being attacked by a man outside her boarding house. Jekyll drives the man away and carries Ivy up to her room to attend to her. Ivy tries to seduce Jekyll but, though he is tempted, he leaves with Lanyon.
|author||Percy Heath Samuel Hoffenstein|
|award||Academy Award for Best Actor|
|genre||historical horror science fiction|
|keywords||attack bar singer boarding house crime scene dr. henry jekyll dr. jekyll and mr. hyde jekyll and hyde music hall one night plan walk wedding date|
|musicBy||Johann Sebastian Bach|
|nomination||Academy Award for Best Actor Academy Award for Best Cinematography Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay|
|theme||science fiction horror silent|