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Classic silent version of Robert Louis Stevenson's horror tale. Witnesses to the behaviour of the debased Mr Hyde are shocked by his depravity and bestiality. The real mystery, which baffles polite Victorian society, is why Hyde should have as his friend and protector a decent man such as Doctor Henry Jekyll. And why are the two gentlemen never seen together in public? John Barrymore stars in the double role, employing minimal make-up to portray Hyde and relying instead on his considerable acting skills.
In this 1920 silent version of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, John Barrymore is dignified and virtuous as Dr Henry Jekyll, and transforms into Id incarnate as the lascivious Mr. Hyde with almost no make-up beyond his gnarled, knobby fingers and greasy hair, relying almost solely on a bug-eyed grimace, a spidery body language and pure theatrical flourish. He tends to be hammy as the leering beast of a thug but brings a tortured struggle to the repressed doctor, horrified at the demon he's unleashed, guilty that he enjoys Hyde's unrestrained life of drinking and whoring and terrified that he can no longer control the transformations. Martha Mansfield co-stars as his pure and innocent sweetheart, and Nita Naldi (the vamp of Blood and Sand) has a small but memorable role as the world-weary dance-hall darling who first "wakens" Jekyll's "baser nature". --Sean Axmaker, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Simply a true classic. It is a decent print for the price and age of source as well.Published 6 months ago by Bobeee
Brilliant adaption.. Barrymore apparently achieved this character mostly by facial expressions and actually dislocated his jaw in the process.. I am led to believe.. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mr. D. Barry
I usually avoid very old films on Blu-ray because the only ones I have seen so far are very poor.
I changed my mind when I saw the films Phantom of the Opera, Metropolis and... Read more
The service from the provider was quick and efficient. The film was good and had the aura of mystery and horror. Read morePublished 18 months ago by ahappycustomer
this is one of the first truly great horror films in american cinema, largely due to john barrymore's magnificent performance in the title roles. Read morePublished on 1 Dec. 2011 by jeremiah harbottle
Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde (Silent Classics) [DVD]
Most of us know about the movie and its been reviewed better by other folks so all i will say is that this is a bad transfer by... Read more