A Modern Dr Jekyll (1909)

USA, 1909
471 feet
35mm film, black and white

A short American comedy science fiction/horror film directed by “Kenyon”. It has been suggested that this was a retitling of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1908) but it is in fact an entirely separate film. The names “Kenyon” and “Barrows” both appear on the surviving handwritten cutting continuity preserved at the Margaret Herrick Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and sciences in Los Angeles. Writer Mark Griep has speculated that the “Barrows” is actor Henry Arthur Barrows.

Plot Summary

Dr Jekyll tries out a “mystic fluid” he cons out of a chemist and uses it to escape the law by transforming into various characters.


Directed by: Kenyon

Henry Arthur Barrows


Journal of Stevenson Studies vol.13 pp.63-64 – article (The obscure cinematic lore of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde: an updated silent era filmography by Steve Joyce)
Kinematograph & Lantern Weekly 17 February 1910