The Late Movies: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is a story by Robert Louis Stevenson, originally published in 1886. Dr. Jekyll developed a potion that turned him into an evil man named Mr. Hyde. It was inspired by the idea that even a good man has an evil side that must be suppressed. In the original novella, the fact that the two men were one and the same was a twist only revealed later. However, the story is so well known that filmmakers rarely include that element of mystery. Instead, the tale gives them a chance to show off their use of special effects in the transformation. Over 100 films have been made of the Jekyll/Hyde story. Here are a few transformation scenes from some of them, in more or less chronological order.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1912

A 1912 production.
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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1920

Starring John Barrymore.
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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1931

Fredric March won an Academy Award for his performance as Jekyll and Hyde.
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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1941

The best known movie version, at least to TV audiences, starred Spencer Tracy and Ingrid Bergman.
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Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1953

Boris Karloff in the title role.
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Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde 1971

Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde is a 1971 Hammer film in which the doctor changes into a woman -makeup and all.
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Jekyll and Hyde... Together Again 1982

In the comedy Jekyll and Hyde... Together Again, the mad scientist's transformation is based on snorting a drug which turns him into a hip, sexy, party animal. How '80s!
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Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde 1995

Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde is a comedy in which Richard Jacks, a descendant of Dr. Jekyll, finds his great-grandfather's formula and messes it up. He turns not into a monster, but into a woman. He shouldn't have added the estrogen. This video is a compilation of transformations from the movie.
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Jekyll (NSFW language) 2007

Jekyll was a 2007 BBC TV series starring James Nesbitt as Tom Jackman, a modern Jekyll and Hyde. He doesn't transform physically, but the personality transformation is quite horrifying. Beware that BBC language standards are quite different from those in American television.
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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 2008

In the 2008 film, the transformation has no special effects at all, but relies on the actor's skills. And some music.
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Bonus: Daffy Duck

Daffy goes to see Dr. Jekyll about curing a case of hiccups. The 1942 cartoon is called The Impatient Patient.
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September 21, 2012 - 6:00pm
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