GenreShort, Drama, Horror ScreenplayClara Beranger CountryUnited States
English intertitles Release dateApril 1920 (1920-04) Based onThe Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
by Robert Louis Stevenson WriterJ. Charles Haydon (scenario), Robert Louis Stevenson (novel) CastSheldon Lewis (Dr. Jekyll), Sheldon Lewis (Mr. Hyde), Alex Shannon (Dr. Lanyon), Dora Mills Adams (Mrs Lanyon), Gladys Field (Bernice Lanyon), Harold Foshay (Edward Utterson) Similar moviesBatman & Robin, Batman, Batman Returns, The Dark Knight Rises, A History of Violence, The Dark Knight
Dr jekyll and mr hyde 1920 silent movie horror
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a 40-minute horror film of 1920, directed and written by J. Charles Haydon. It is the second 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 third is Der Januskopf, directed by F. W. Murnau). The Haydon version is somewhat overshadowed by the version starring Barrymore which was released by Paramount Pictures the same year.
As the first transformation into Hyde begins, Jekyll's butler exclaims 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 jail 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.
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
The film's producer, Louis B. Mayer, was concerned about copyright infringement relating to the other two film versions of the story released in that same year, so he set the film in New York and altered the plot structure. The final product was so crude that J. Charles Haydon had his name removed from the credits.