WriterSid Colin, Jack Davies Release date10 August 1959 CastBernard Bresslaw, Jon Pertwee, Reginald Beckwith Similar moviesRelated Lance Comfort movies
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The Ugly Duckling is a 1959 British comedy film, directed by Lance Comfort for Hammer Film Productions and starring Bernard Bresslaw, Jon Pertwee and Reginald Beckwith. The film is a comic adaptation of the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde storyline and has nothing to do with the Hans Christian Andersen story. The tagline on posters was "HE'S A CHANGED MAN AFTER TAKING JEKYLL'S FAMILY REMEDY."
Henry Jekyll (Bernard Bresslaw) is a bungling, awkward and socially inept buffoon working in his uncle's pharmacy. One day he discovers an old formula created by his uncle which claims to turn 'a man of timid disposition into a bold, fearless dragon'. He eagerly mixes the formula, takes one drink, and is transformed into the suave, dashing and self-confident Teddy Hyde. Teddy immediately becomes a darling of society and a big hit with the ladies. However he also craves the thrill of becoming a master criminal, and recruits a gang of expert crooks to join him in carrying out a series of daring and ambitious jewel robberies.
The formula wears off, and Teddy changes back into Henry, who is appalled at the crimes committed by his alter ego. Feeling overcome with guilt, he turns coppers' nark and helps the police to round up and capture the robbers who have evaded them for so long.
Bernard Bresslaw as Henry Jekyll / Teddy Hyde
Jon Pertwee as Victor Jekyll
Reginald Beckwith as Reginald
Maudie Edwards as Henrietta Jekyll
Jean Muir as Snout
Richard Wattis as Berkeley
Elwyn Brook-Jones as Dandy
Michael Ripper as Benny
David Lodge as Peewee
Keith Smith as Figures
Michael Ward as Pasco
John Harvey as Sgt. Barnes
Jess Conrad as Bimbo
Robert Desmond as Dizzy
Roger Avon as Reporter
Cyril Chamberlain as Police Sergeant
Joe Loss as Himself
The film was shot in the summer of 1959 and was not a success at the box office losing ₤20,000.
TV Guide gave it two out of five stars, and wrote, "This attempt at comedy never really pays off."