Der Januskopf (1920)

Germany, 1920
107m, 7287 feet
35mm film, black and white, 1.33:1
silent

A German horror film directed by F.W. Murnau. It was an unauthorised adaptation of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson and is now believed to be a lost film.

Plot Summary

Dr Warren discovers a potion that will allow him to transform into his darker alter ego, Mr O’Connor.

Credits

Crew
Director: F.W. Murnau
Lipow-Film for Decla Filmgesellschaft
Scenario: Hans Janowitz
Novel: The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Directors of Photography: Karl Freund, Carl Hoffmann
Camera Assistant: Robert Baberske
Art Director: Heinrich Richter

Cast
Conrad Veidt (Dr Warren, Mr O’Connor)
Magnus Stifter (Dr Warren’s friend)
Margarete Schlegel (Grace, Jane)
Willy Kaiser-Heyl
Bela Lugosi (Dr Warren’s butler)
Margareta Kupfer
Danny Gürtler
Gustav Bolz
Jaro Fürth
Hans Lanser-Ludolff
Marga Reuter

Alternative Titles

The Head of Janus
The Janus Head
Love’s Mockery
Schrecken
La testa di giano – Italy

References

Periodicals

  • Sight & Sound Supplement no.15 (August 1948) p.5 – article

Books

  • Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror (2nd edition) pp.27-28 – credits, review
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.229 – credits