Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1912 film)

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a 1912 horror film based on both Robert Louis Stevenson's novella Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886) and on the play version (1887) of Thomas Russell Sullivan. Directed by Lucius Henderson, the film stars actor (later noted film director) James Cruze in the dual roles of Jekyll and Hyde.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
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Directed byLucius Henderson
Produced byThanhouser Company
Written byRobert Louis Stevenson (novel)
Based onThe Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
by Robert Louis Stevenson
StarringJames Cruze, Florence La Badie
Release date
January 16, 1912 (1912-01-16)
Running time
12 minutes (One-Reel film)
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent film

Plot summary

White-haired Dr. Jekyll has secretly locked himself in his laboratory administering himself with a vial of formula. He slumps into his chair with his head on his chest. Slowly, as the drug takes effect, a dark-haired, taloned beast now appears in the chair. After repeated use, Jekyll's evil alter ego emerges at will, causing Jekyll to murder his sweetheart's father. The evil personality scuttles back to the laboratory only to discover that the antidote is finished and that he will be as Mr. Hyde forever. A burly policeman breaks down Jekyll's door to find that the kindly doctor is dead after taking poison.


This film was produced by Thanhouser Company. In a 1963 interview, Harry Benham revealed that while Cruze played both Jekyll and Hyde, he and Cruze shared the role of Hyde, with Benham appearing as Hyde in some scenes.

The film is in the public domain, along with all films released before 1924.



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