director Terrence Fisher
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.