The Two Faces of Dr Jekyll (1960)

UK, USA,
88m
35mm, MegaScope, Eastmancolor, 2.35:1
mono (RCA Sound Recording), English

A British horror film directed by Terence Fisher.

Plot Summary

An aged, bearded Jekyll experiments on himself and transforms into a younger, clean-cut Hyde, a suave lady killer – in every sense. Realising his immense power, Hyde rapes Jekyll's wife Kitty when he discovers her affair with Jekyll's best friend Paul. Hyde takes a lover of his own and it is while she lies in Hyde's bed that Kitty takes her own life. Paul is killed by the snake used by Hyde's lover in her stage act as an ‘exotic actor' before Hyde, his evil persona having now taken over the shared body, sets fire to the lab in an effort to erase the Jekyll persona from the world…

Credits

* = uncredited

Crew
Directed by: Terence Fisher
© MCMLX [1960] by Hammer Film Productions Limited
Columbia Pictures Corporation presents a Hammer Films production
Produced by: Michael Carreras
Associate Producer: Anthony Nelson Keys
Production Manager: Clifford Parkes
Screenplay by: Wolf Mankowitz
Novel: The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson *
Assistant Director: John Peverall
Continuity: Tilly Day
Director of Photography: Jack Asher
Camera Operator: Len Harris
Photographed by: Megascope
Supervising Editor: James Needs
Editor: Eric Boyd-Perkins
Print by: Technicolor
Music and Songs Composed by: Monty Norman and David Heneker
Musical Supervisor: John Hollingsworth
Sound Recordist: Jock May
Sound Editor: Archie Ludski
Costume Designer: Mayo [real name: Antoine Mayo]
Wardrobe Mistress: Molly Arbuthnot
Make-up Artist: Roy Ashton
Hairdresser: Ivy Emmerton
Production Designer: Bernard Robinson
Dance Direction: Julie Mendez
Produced at Bray Studios, England

Cast
Paul Massie (Dr Henry Jekyll/Edward Hyde)
Dawn Addams (Kitty)
Christopher Lee (Paul Allen)
David Kossof (Litauer)
Norma Marla (Maria)
Francis De Wolff (Inspector)
Joy Webster
Magda Miller [Sphinx girl] *
Oliver Reed [beau] *
William Kendall [clubman] *
Helen Goss [nanny] *
Pauline Shepherd [Mary] *
Percy Cartwright [coroner] *
Jo Robinson [Corinthia] *
Arthur Lovegrove [cabby] *
Frank Atkinson *
Janina Faye [Jane] *
Douglas Robinson [boxer] *
Donald Tandy *
Maria Andippa [gypsy girl] *
Archie Baker, Ralph Broadbent, Alex Miller, Laurence Richardson [singers] *
Glenn Beck, Alan Browning, Rodney Burke, Clifford Earl [young bloods] *
John Bonney [Renfrew] *
Dennis Cleary [waiter] *
Doreen Ismail [2nd Sphinx girl] *
Bandana Das Gupta, Pauline Dukes, Hazel Graeme, Carole Haynes, Josephine Jay, Jean Long, Marilyn Ridge, Gundel Sargent, Patricia Sayers, Shirli Scott-James, Moyna Sharwin [Sphinx girls] *
Roy Denton, Kenneth Firth, George McGrath, Mackenzie Ward [business men] *
Felix Felton [1st gambler] *
Walter Gotell [2nd gambler] *
Anthony Jacobs [3rd gambler] *
Lucy Griffiths, Prudence Hyman [tavern women] *
Roberta Kirkwood [2nd brass] *
John Moore, John Trevor-Davis [officers] *
Anthony Pendrell, Fred Stone [cabinet ministers] *
Denis Shaw [tavern customer] *
Joyce Wren [nurse] *

Alternative Titles

Les Deux visages du Dr Jekyll – France
Las dos caras del Dr Jekyll – Spain
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
House of Fright
– USA
Jekyll's Inferno
Il mostro di Londra
– Italy

Press

1960

Variety 19 October 1960 p.6
Decked out in Technicolor, with an interesting performance by Paul Massie in the dual role, and with scriptwriter Wolf Mankowitz's blood and lust this one has all the earmarks of being a b.o. winner, if shrewdly handled. Mankowitz has palpably distorted and, in fact, jettisoned Stevenson's original story and the affair becomes mostly a straightforward horror yarn, but with the benefit of some good opportunities for characterization and a useful climax. There are some blatantly inserted spots of sadism. […] Considering that Massie has only three films behind him and is a bit short on experience he does a remarkably adept job, aided by a screenplay which though invariably tongue-in-cheek does offer some good thesping chances. […] Terence Fisher's direction has crudities, but is done effectively with a few hold barred, the Victorian atmosphere is well put over and Jack Asher's camerawork is colorful and sure. Massie keeps the thesping side together and shows up even better as Hyde than as Jekyll. And there are two or three useful performances to help Massie. Christopher Lee, one of Hyde's victims (bumped off by a snakedancer's serpent), is assured as Mrs. Jekyll's lover, and Dawn Addams and Norma Maria, as Jekyll's wife and Hyde's moll, respectively, are both well cast. There is also a quiet little gem of observation from David Kossoff as Dr. Jekyll's worried, sympathetic friend. – from a review by Rich

References

Periodicals

  • The Daily Cinema no.8367 (7 October 1960) p.12 – review
  • Dark Terrors no.12 (June 1996) pp.39-41 – illustrated credits, production notes
  • The House That Hammer Built no.2 (April 1997) pp.113-116 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • The House That Hammer Built no.10 (October 1998) pp.91-106 – illustrated article
  • Kine Weekly no.2766 (6 October 1960) p.10 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.27 no.322 (November 1960) p.153 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Radio Times vol.268 no.3501 (26 January 1991) p.29 – illustrated article
  • Variety 19 October 1960 p.6 – credits, review (by Rich)

Books

  • American International Pictures: A Comprehensive Filmography by Rob Craig p.198
  • American International Pictures: A Filmography by Robert L. Ottoson pp.69-70 – credits, synopsis, review
  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.138
  • Censored Screams: The British Ban on Hollywood Horror in the Thirties by Tom Johnson p.52 – note
  • The Charm of Evil: The Life and Films of Terence Fisher by Wheeler Winston Dixon pp.242, 350-352, 354, 358; 522-523 – notes; credits
  • The Christopher Lee Filmography by Tom Johnson and Mark A. Miller pp.98-100
  • Classic Horror Films and the Literature That Inspired Them by Ron Backer pp.58-60
  • The Cult Films of Christopher Lee by Jonathan Sothcott pp.57-63
  • Educational Institutions in Horror Film: A History of Mad Professors, Student Bodies, and Final Exams by Andrew L. Grunzke pp.73-74
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.85, 92-95, 94, 117, 321
  • Faster and Furiouser: The Revised and Fattened Fable of American International Pictures by Mark Thomas McGee pp.177; 313
  • Feature Films, 1960-1969: A Filmography of English-language and Major Foreign-language United States Releases by Harris M. Lentz III p.490-491
  • The Films of Christopher Lee by Robert W. Pohle Jr and Douglas C. Hart pp.78-79
  • The Films of Oliver Reed by Susan D. Cowie and Tom Johnson pp.33-35 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • Hammer Complete: The Films, the Personnel, the Company by Howard Maxford pp.815-817 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.179
  • Horrorshows: The A-Z of Horror in Film, TV, Radio and Theatre by Gene Wright p.68 – credits, review
  • Lord of Misrule (new edition) by Christopher Lee p.192
  • Reed All About Me: The Autobiography of Oliver Reed– by Oliver Reed pp.98, 112 – notes
  • by Walt Lee p.203-204 – credits
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester p.117-118
  • Serial Killer Cinema: An Analytical Filmography by Robert Cetti p.490-491
  • Sixties Shockers by Mark Clark and Bryan Senn pp.221-222
  • Terence Fisher by Peter Hutchings pp.4, 82, 110, 114-115, 156, 157 – notes
  • Terence Fisher: Horror, Myth and Religion by Paul Leggett pp.122-128, 168, 172 – notes
  • Uneasy Dreams: The Golden Age of British Horror Films, 1956-1976 by Gary A. Smith pp.221-222
  • What Fresh Lunacy Is This? The Authorized Biography of Oliver Reed – by Robert Sellers pp.63-64, 66; 480 – notes; credits