Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920a)

79m, 2,100 metres, 7 reels
35mm, black and white, 1.33:1

An American horror film directed by John S. Robertson.

Plot Summary

Dr Henry Jekyll invents a potion that frees his darker side, Mr Hyde, who is soon on a murderous rampage.


Director: John S. Robertson
Famous Players-Lasky Corporation
Presented by: Adolph Zukor
Scenario: Clara S. Beranger
Based on the novelette by Robert Louis Stevenson
Original Play Adaptation: Thomas Russell Sullivan
Assistant Director: Shaw Lovett
Photography: Roy F. Overbaugh
Added Accompanying Music (1971): Lee Erwin
Art Director/Architecture: Robert M. Haas, Clark Robinson
Set Decorator: Charles O. Sessel
Locations: Long Island, New York, USA
Studio: Paramount Studios, Astoria, Queens, New York City, New York, USA

John Barrymore (Dr Henry Jekyll/Mr Edward Hyde)
Martha Mansfield (Millicent Carew, Sir George's daughter)
Nita Naldi (Miss Gina, Italian singer)
Brandon Hurst (Sir George Carew)
Charles Lane (Dr Richard Lanyon)
Louis Wolheim (music hall owner)
George Stevens (Poole, Jekyll's butler)
Cecil Clovelly (Edward Enfield)
J. Malcolm Dunn (John Utterson)
Edgard Varèse [poisoner] *

Alternative Titles

Dr Jekyll e Mr Hyde – Italy
Hombre y la bestia, El – Spain
O Médico e o Monstro – Brazil, Portugal
Toht. Jekyllin salaisuus
– Finland

Extracts included in
Kingdom of Shadows (1998)
Universal Horror (1998)



  • The Bioscope vol.43 no.710 (20 May 1920) p.50 – review
  • Cinéaste vol.33 no.2 (Spring 2008) pp.61-63 – illustrated DVD reviews (American Silent Horror Collection by Michael Bronski)
  • Classic Images no.297 (March 2000) pp.31-32 – article (Sam Rubin's Classic Clinic by Sam Rubin)
  • Classic Images no.319 (January 2002) pp.31-32 – article (Sam Rubin's Classic Clinic by Sam Rubin)
  • Horrorshows: The A-Z of Horror in Film, TV, Radio and Theatre by Gene Wright p.44 – credits, review
  • Kine Weekly no.682 (20 May 1920) p.82 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.43 no.500 (September 1975) p.208 – credits, synopsis, review (by Geoff Brown)
  • Radio Times vol.235 no.3052 (8 May 1982) p.14 – review


  • Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror (2nd edition) by Phil Hardy (ed) p.26 – credits, review

Other sources

  • BFI Southbank Guide March 2011 p.8 – illustrated listing