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: You're a rebel, and see what it has done for you. You're in the power of this monster that you have created.
Dr. Jekyll: I'll never take that drug again!
Dr. Lanyon: Yes, but you told me you became that monster tonight not of your own accord. It will happen again.
Dr. Jekyll: It never will. I'm sure of it. I'll conquer it!
Dr. Lanyon: Too late. You cannot conquer it. It has conquered you!


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!


Mr. Hyde: Perhaps you prefer a gentleman. One of those fine-mannered and honorable gentlemen. Those panting hypocrites who like your legs but talk about your garters.


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Miriam Hopkins was not eligible for an Oscar nomination because most of her performance was cut from the film when it was released due to censorship.
When discussing whom to cast as Jekyll/Hyde, studio head Adolph Zukor initially suggested Irving Pichel for the part. Director Rouben Mamoulian turned it down because he wanted an actor who could play both parts convincingly and felt Pichel could only play Hyde. 'Phillips Holmes (I)' was considered and rejected for the opposite reason: he would have been a good Jekyll but a poor Hyde. Mamoulian then suggested Fredric March. Zukor felt that this was a bad choice because, up till then, March had been featured in mostly lightweight roles. Mamoulian insisted that March was perfect for the part, and Zukor acquiesced. In addition to winning March the first of his two Oscars, Jekyll/Hyde was the part that finally led to Hollywood taking him seriously in more demanding roles.
Fredric March's stunts were performed by Chick Collins.
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