Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Film and television productions based on the novella by Robert Louis Stevenson:

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)
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Director John S. Roberston; writer Clara Beranger, Thomas Russell Sullivan; featuring John Barrymore, Brandon Hurst

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)
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Director Rouben Mamoulian; writer Samuel Hoffenstein, Percy Heath; featuring Fredric March, Miriam Hopkins, Rose Hobart

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)
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Director Victor Fleming; writer John Lee Mahin; featuring Spencer Tracy, Ingrid Bergman, Lana Turner

The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960)
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Also called House of Fright

Director Terence Fisher; writer Wolf Mankowitz; featuring Paul Massie, Dawn Addams, Christopher Lee

Mary Reilly (1996)
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Director Stephen Frears; writer Christopher Hampton; featuring Julia Roberts, John Malkovich, Michael Gambon, Glenn Close

Jekyll and Hyde: The Musical (2001)
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Director Don Roy King; writer Leslie Bricusse, Steve Cuden; featuring David Hasselhoff

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (2008)
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Director Paolo Barzman; writer Paul B. Margolis; featuring Dougray Scott, Krista Bridges

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Jekyll and Hyde: The Musical

David Hasselhoff's singing and earnest acting cannot save the stage musical turned into a television film.

Singing, dancing Hyde

In 2001 a filmed version of the long-running Broadway play Jekyll and Hyde: The Musical was unleashed on the pay-per-view, television-watching public.

The hook was probably intended to be TV star and pop singer David Hasselhoff as the title character, a role he had assayed briefly in the theatre.

But it's quite stagy, with unremarkable numbers sung with great gusto by all involved, and with live audience response

Jekyll is revealed now to be haunted by the death of his father, whom he could not save. After his requests for research subjects are turned down by a local institution, he turns to experimenting on himself.

Hasselhoff as Jekyll Hasselhoff as HydeThe storyline—or book as they call it in musical theatre—is otherwise similar to that of the usual movie productions, except with crowds of people taking the stage occasionally for song and dance numbers.

Hasselhoff is actually not bad—a good singer, an earnest actor—but the production sucks badly on TV.

I've heard about a theatrical movie based on the musical, but with a new cast, being in the works since 2007.

Don't hold your breath.

— Eric

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Jekyll and Hyde: The Musical
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Related pages:

Novel
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Author
Robert Louis Stevenson

Movies
Treasure Island

Movies
Kidnapped

See also:

Movies
Dracula

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Treasure Island
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