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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Directed by Rouben Mamoulian • 1931 • United States
Starring Fredric March, Miriam Hopkins, Rose Hobart
Stylish camerawork, innovative special effects, and plenty of startling pre-Code touches make this the definitive screen adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s gothic classic, directed with typical panache by Rouben Mamoulian. Fredric March delivers an Oscar-winning performance as the kind and gentle scientist looking for a way to purge men of the evil in their nature, but who releases the monster within himself instead. The extraordinary Jekyll-to-Hyde transformation sequences—achieved through an ingenious use of makeup and filters—still astonish.