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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Directed by J. Charles Haydon
Produced by Louis Meyer
Written by Robert Louis Stevenson (novel)
J. Charles Haydon
Release date(s) United States April 1920
Running time 40 min.
Country  United States
Language Silent film
English intertitles

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920) is a 40-minute horror film, directed and written by J. Charles Haydon. It is the third adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's novel Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde to be released in 1920. (The first 1920 adaptation is Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde starring John Barrymore and the second Der Januskopf, directed by F. W. Murnau). The Haydon version is somewhat overshadowed by the version starring Barrymore and released by Paramount Pictures the same year.

Cast

  • Sheldon Lewis as Dr. Jekyll / Mr. Hyde
  • Alex Shannon as Dr. Lanyon
  • Dora Mills Adams as Mr. Lanyon
  • Gladys Field as Bernice Lanyon
  • Harold Foshay as Edward Utterson
  • Leslie Austin as Danvers Carew

Plot

At the first transformation starts with Jekyll's butler exclaiming that Jekyll is now "the Apostle from Hell!" Hyde, complete with fangs and scraggy hair skulks through the city committing such heinous acts as stealing a woman's purse. The police eventually catch up with Hyde, interrogate him, put him in gaol and strap him to the electric chair. Sitting in his chair at home, Jekyll awakes from his nightmare to declare, "I believe in God! I have a soul..." and decides not to create the chemical potion.

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