Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Overview:

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) was a Drama - Horror Film directed by Rouben Mamoulian and produced by Adolph Zukor.

The film was based on the novel The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde written by Robert Louis Stevenson published in 1886.

Academy Awards 1941 --- Ceremony Number 14 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorFredric MarchWon
Best CinematographyKarl StrussNominated
Best WritingPercy Heath, Samuel HoffensteinNominated
Best CinematographyJoseph RuttenbergNominated
Best Film EditingHarold F. KressNominated
Best Music - ScoringFranz WaxmanNominated
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Dr. Lanyon: Perhaps you're forgetting, you're engaged to Muriel.
Dr. Jekyll: Forgotten it? Can a man dying of thirst forget water? And do you know what would happen to that thirst if it were to be denied water?
Dr. Lanyon: If I understand you correctly, you sound almost indecent.
Dr. Jekyll: What names you give things!


Poole: You should go out, sir. London offers many amusements for a gentlemen like you, sir.
Dr. Jekyll: Yes, but gentlemen like me daren't take advantage of them, Poole. Gentlemen like me have to be very careful of what we do or say.


Mr. Hyde: Think before you decide, I tell you! Do you want to be left as you are, or do you want your eyes and your soul to be blasted by a sight that would stagger the devil himself?


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Mr Hyde's appearance was based on the Neanderthal man.
Edgar Norton had first played Poole onstage in 1898.
The remarkable Jekyll-to-Hyde transition scenes in this film were accomplished by manipulating a series of variously colored filters in front of the camera lens. Fredric March's Hyde makeup was in various colors, and the way his appearance registered on the film depended on which color filter was being shot through. During the first transformation scene, the accompanying noises on the soundtrack included portions of Bach, a gong being played backwards, and, reportedly, a recording of director Rouben Mamoulian's own heart. Only in the late 1960's did Mamoulian reveal how they were done.
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