Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)

USA
Feature Film
Director: Rouben Mamoulian
Writers: Percy Heath, Samuel Hoffenstein, Robert Louis Stevenson
Cinematographer: Karl Struss
Cast: Fredric March, Miriam Hopkins, Rose Hobart, Holmes Herbert, Halliwell Hobbes, Edgar Norton, Tempe Pigott

Mamoulian’s wonderful film - the screen’s greatest adaptation of Stevenson’s much filmed novel, combining unparalleled visual poetry, ageless special effects, and some accomplished performances (Hopkins’s portrayal of the sexy and strong yet vulnerable Ivy Pierson is particularly eye-catching) - is a cut above the Universal monster movies of the time, and something of a genre masterpiece. Iain.Stott