Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1908)

USA, 1908
315.5 metres/1 reel
35mm film, black and white, 1.33:1

An American horror film believed to have been directed by Otis Turner. There is some doubt as to the involvement of both Turner and actor Hobart Bosworth. It is the earliest known adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson novel and no copies are thought to exist.

Plot Summary

Dr Henry Jekyll develops a serum which frees the darker side of Man which he tries on himself, resulting in the emergence of his murderous alter ego, Mr Hyde.


Director: Otis Turner [unconfirmed]
Selig Polyscope Company
Producer: William Nicholas Selig
Adaptation: George F. Fish, Luella Forepaugh
Novel: The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Play: Thomas Russell Sullivan

Hobart Bosworth [unconfirmed]
Betty Harte



  • Journal of Popular Film and Television vol.25 no.1 (1997) p.14(USA) – credits
  • Journal of Stevenson Studies vol.13 pp.58-62 – article (The obscure cinematic lore of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde: an updated silent era filmography by Steve Joyce)
  • Moving Picture World vol.2 no.10 (7 March 1908) p.194 – review


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.31
  • Horror in Silent Films: A Filmography, 1896-1929 by Roy Kinnard p.24
  • by Walt Lee p.106 – credits
  • The Reference Guide to Science Fiction Films Volume 1 by A.W. Strickland and Forrest J. Ackerman p.13
  • Vintage Science Fiction Films, 1896-1949 by Michael Benson p.143