THE WORLD’S GREATEST ACTOR IN A TREMENDOUS STORY OF MAN AT HIS BEST AND WORST!
Physician and philanthropist Henry Jekyll (John Barrymore) is fascinated by man’s dual nature and begins experimenting with a drug that turns him into a brutal and evil creature. One of the first adaptations of Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel was also inspired by a sensational 1887 stage version by Thomas Russell Sullivan. Above all, this is one of Barrymore’s most famous roles and he achieved his transformation into Hyde initially relying on facial contortions, then adding make-up and prosthetics. A fascinating trick that works, also because of how well director John S. Robertson stages his scenes, creating a dark and sinful London where shadows rule.
1920-U.S. Silent. 96 min. B/W. Produced by Adolph Zukor. Directed by John S. Robertson. Screenplay: Clara Beranger. Novel: Robert Louis Stevenson. Cast: John Barrymore (Henry Jekyll/Edward Hyde), Martha Mansfield (Millicent Carew), Brandon Hurst (Sir George Carew), Nita Naldi, Charles Lane, Louis Wolheim.
Trivia: Tallulah Bankhead was allegedly considered for the role of Millicent. Remade in 1932, 1941… and many times since.