“Damn It! I don’t like your tampering with the supernatural.” What if he just tinkers with it a bit? Join this episode’s Grue-Crew – Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, Doc Rotten, and Jeff Mohr – as they make the Decades of Horror’s fourth encounter of a strange kind with Robert Louis Stevenson’s story as depicted in Paramount’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920).
Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 160 – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)
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Dr. Henry Jekyll experiments with scientific means of revealing man’s hidden, dark side and releases a murderer from within himself.
- Director: John S. Robertson
- Writers: Robert Louis Stevenson (novella, 1886); Clara Beranger (scenario) (as Clara S. Beranger); Thomas Russell Sullivan (play) (uncredited)
- Selected Cast:
- John Barrymore as Dr. Henry Jekyll / Mr. Edward Hyde
- Brandon Hurst as Sir George Carew
- Martha Mansfield as Millicent Carew
- Charles Lane as Dr. Lanyon
- Cecil Clovelly as Edward Enfield
- Nita Naldi as Miss Gina
- Louis Wolheim as Music Hall Proprietor
- Alma Aiken as Extra (uncredited)
- J. Malcolm Dunn as John Utterson (uncredited)
- Ferdinand Gottschalk as Old Man at table in music hall (uncredited)
- Julia Hurley as Hyde’s Landlady with Lamp (uncredited)
- Jack McHugh as Street Kid – Raises Fist to Mr. Hyde (uncredited)
- Georgie Drew Mendum as Patron in music hall (uncredited)
- Blanche Ring as Woman at table with old man in music hall (uncredited)
- May Robson as Old woman outside of music hall (uncredited)
- George Stevens as Poole – Jekyll’s Butler (uncredited)
- Edgard Varèse as Policeman (uncredited)
The Classic Era Grue Crew takes in another silent scream with this 1920 version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, starring John Barrymore. The makeup-lite early versions of Hyde soon develop into something far more terrifying, augmented by Barrymore’s excellent acting and use of body language. Throw in a quality supporting cast and one of the freakiest dream sequences the crew’s ever seen, and you have a top-notch silent scream!
To check out the other Decades of Horror episodes focused on Stevenson’s novella check these out:
- DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (1931) – Episode 122 – Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
- DR. JEKYLL & SISTER HYDE (1971) – Episode 175 – Decades of Horror 1970s
- THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (1968) – Episode 71 – Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
If silent films are your thing, check out these episodes of Decades of Horror: The Classic Era focused on silent screams:
- THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (1920) – Episode 13
- NOSFERATU (1922) – Episode 21
- THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1925) – Episode 42
- THE CAT AND THE CANARY (1927) – Episode 60
- HÄXAN (1922) – Episode 79
- PHANTOM CARRIAGE (1921) – Episode 85
- THE GOLEM (1920) – Episode 99
- FAUST (1926) – Episode 145
At the time of this writing, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is available to stream from Tubi, Amazon Prime, Hoopla, Kanopy, Screambox, and Crackle. The film is also available as a DVD from multiple sources. Unfortunately, the Kino Classics Blu-ray is no longer available.
Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next in their very flexible schedule, as chosen by Doc, is The Alligator People (1959) featuring Lon Chaney Jr., effects makeup by Dick Smith and Ben Nye, and the cinematography of the legendary Karl Struss!! Put your hip-waders on for this trip; they’re going to the swamp!
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