DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (1912 U.S.) D: LUCIUS HENDERSON
This appears to be the oldest (b/w, silent) surviving screen version of Robert Louis Stevenson`s 1886 hit novella The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde. Several other versions (including one from Denmark and one from the U.K.) that might go back as far as 1897 (!) are lost to us. Originally running 15 mins, it now runs 8. It apparently draws inspiration from an 1887 stage play by Thomas Russell Sullivan (as did a lost 1908 version, and the 1920 Barrymore classic). Future director James Cruze is Jekyll, and sometimes Hyde (sometimes Hyde was played by Harry Benham). The most dodgy scene for modern audiences is when Hyde runs up to a little girl (Marie Eline) on the street and grabs her, and...then we cut back to his lab and we`re not sure what happened! Otherwise it`s quite dull, and not as funny as the King Baggot 1913 version. With Florence La Badine, Jane Gail and Marguerite Snow.

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