The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960)

The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960) movie poster

director Terrence Fisher
viewed: 08/05/2016

Paul Massie plays both of The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll in Hammer’s 1960 take on the Robert Louis Stevenson story.  This version shifts the traditional duality a bit, muting the inherent heroism of Dr. Jekyll and lessening Mr. Hyde’s vulgarity.  Add into it an affair of Jekyll’s wife with his best friend (played by Christopher Lee in a more atypical role).

As Jekyll, he’s oddly bearded and deep-voiced and dour.  As Hyde he’s giddily leering sporting an askew smile.  Massie emotes with a grandeur that is virtually Shatnerian.

And yet, it’s still a reasonably fun film.  My summer of Hammer swims along.

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