Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1931) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) - Review, Rating and Synopsis

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  • Release Date:  1931
  • Genre:  Classic & Mythological
  • Cast and crew: Fredric March, Miriam Hopkins, Rose Hobart, Holmes Herbert, Halliwell Hobbes, Edgar Norton, Tempe Pigott
  • Director:  Rouben Mamoulian
  • Screenwriter:  Percy Heath, Robert Louis Stevenson, Samuel Hoffenstein

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1931) Rating:

  • Raoul = 6 / 10;
  • IMDb = 7.7 / 10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 9.3 / 10;

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1931) Synopsis:

Dr. Jekyll, a notorious scientist on the verge of marrying a fine woman, swallows a potion that will literally change his life.

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1931) Review:

This 1931’s version of the novel The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886) is not the earliest cinematic version of the novel but surely is the most famous one. The myth of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a famous one and one that reigns alongside Frankenstein, Dracula, The Mummy, etc. in the pantheon of the classical monsters of horror.

The film in itself is interesting because of that, but I did not find it as transcendent as the other cited above (Frankenstein is by far my favorite), maybe because of the dialogues, which are not that fascinating, or maybe because of the lack of surprise from this so-well-known story.

This said, the character of Mr. Hyde is a truly demoniac one and remains in himself a reason to watch the movie The special effects, especially the transformation scenes, are surprisingly good for the time, and the acting by Fredric March unforgettable. He manages to look like a monster at times even without any makeup!

To conclude, this a great film, but one that may be better enjoyed by scholars and intellectuals, because of all the symbolism it carries, rather than the naïve viewers like me that just do not get all the behind-the-scenes meanings.

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