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Posted October 28, 2012
Hollywood made three major versions of this short story. The first was silent starring John Barrymore, the second with Frederick March and an Oscar Winner too and the third with Spencer Tracy that was more Freud than Stevenson. Even the British Hammer Films did a fine version flipping the roles by having Dr. Jekyll be bearded and old looking and Hyde handsome. Of course the most overlook Hollywood film was with Comedian Jerry Lewis in the original "The Nutty Professor" were the Jekyll character is a bucktooth nerd College Professor and the Hyde character was Lewis doing a take off his ex-partner Dean Martin's lounge acts.
The point is none of these attempts was close to the classic short story which is really divided into two parts by the author. The first half of the work is a murder mystery revolving around a strange looking man named Edward Hyde leading to his apparent suicide. The second half may actually be a little Freudian as we learn the truth behind the evil Mr. Hyde and his connection with the good Dr. Henry Jekyll.
I rate this along side of Stevenson's "The Body Snatchers."
Posted September 25, 2011
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