The 1960 Hammer-Columbia thriller was directed by veteran Hammer horror director Terence Fisher.
Some of Fisher’s Hammer productions include “The Curse of Frankenstein” (1957), “Horror of Dracula” (1958), “The Mummy” (1959), “The Curse of the Werewolf” (1961), “The Phantom of the Opera” (1962), “The Gorgon” (1964), “Dracula: Prince of Darkness” (1966), “Frankenstein Created Woman” (1977), “Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed” (1970) and “Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell” (1974).
The screenplay for “The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll” (1960) was written by veteran British film screenwriter Wolf Mankowitz and was inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel, “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” The Hammer-Columbia thriller was produced by veteran producer Michael Carreras.
Who was in “The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll” (1960)?
The players who appeared in Fisher’s1960 Hammer-Columbia screen thriller were Christopher Lee (as Paul Allen), Paul Massie (in the dual roles of Dr. Henry Jekyll and Mr. Edward Hyde), Dawn Addams (as Kitty Jekyll), young Oliver Reed (in an uncredited role as a tough), David Kossoff (as Dr. Ernst Litauer), Norma Marla (as Maria), Joy Webster (as Jenny) and Francis De Wolff (as an inspector).
The legendary Christopher Lee was known for his various Hammer horror-thriller film appearances of Count Dracula with the legendary Peter Cushing (as Prof. Van Helsing) from 1958–73. In addition to Hammer’s “Dracula” productions, Lee also appeared in the title role of Frankenstein’s monster in “The Curse of Frankenstein” (1957) and the title role of the Mummy Kharis in the Universal-Hammer re-make of “The Mummy” (1959); according to IMDB.
Canadian-born actor Paul Massie appeared in numerous film and TV roles throughout his screen career. He later appeared in a brief guest role as Phil in a 1985 episode of Don “D.L.” Taffner’s Canadian-produced supermarket sitcom, “Check It Out!” with Don Adams (of “Get Smart” fame).
Dawn Addams later appeared in three episodes of the ITC adaptation of “The Saint” with Roger Moore (1963, 1964 and 1966) and in the role of the Countess in the American-International/Hammer production of “The Vampire Lovers” (1970, with Peter Cushing). Oliver Reed went onto greater fame for his numerous film roles and later appeared in the Charles B. Griffith-Cannon Group spoof of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” “Dr. Heckyl and Mr. Hype” (1980, in the title role).
Also inspired by an earlier Columbia-Hammer production
According to Richard Harland Smith’s passage for Turner Classic Movies on “The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll,” Wolf Mankowitz’s 1960 screenplay was also inspired by an earlier Columbia-Hammer spoof/farce on Stevenson’s story; “The Ugly Duckling” (1959; with Bernard Bresslaw and a pre-“Doctor Who” Jon Pertwee).
Paul Massie was not the first choice for the “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” character
Paul Massie was not the first choice to play the dual character of Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde in “The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll,” according to IMDB’s trivia section. Christopher Lee originally expressed interest in playing the lead dual roles and Hammer executives originally considered Laurence Harvey for the lead dual roles. Lee would later play the lead dual roles in the Stephen Weeks-Amicus-British Lion screen adaptation of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” “I, Monster” (1971, with Peter Cushing).
Filmed in “Megascope”
The 1960 Hammer-Columbia production of “The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll” was filmed in the “Megascope” widescreen process (2.35 : 1 aspect ratio), according to IMDB. According to film distribution veteran/expert Kit Parker and film historian Rick Mitchell, Hammer’s “Megascope” process was a 35mm anamorphic widescreen format, also known as “Super 35.”
Released one year later in the United States by one of Columbia’s competitors
While Columbia handled the original 1960 theatrical release of “The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll” in Great Britain, the studio did not release the Hammer feature in the United States due in part to objections from the Motion Picture Association’s production code (according to the American Film Institute). Samuel Z. Arkoff and James H. Nicholson’s American-International Pictures acquired the U.S. distribution rights to the Hammer feature in 1961 (according to additional information from the AFI article). AIP re-titled and re-edited “The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll” under the titles of “Jekyll’s Inferno” and “House of Fright.”
Years later, Columbia acquired the U.S. rights to “The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll;” according to IMDB. The first instance of this was in a 1974 Columbia Pictures Television trade ad in Broadcasting Magazine for a syndicated package of classic and contemporary Columbia features.
Be sure to watch/record Svengoolie’s big broadcast premiere of “The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll” (1960), this Sat. on Me-TV!
With Christopher Lee, Paul Massie, Dawn Addams, young Oliver Reed, David Kossoff, Norma Marla, Joy Webster and Francis De Wolff; you will not want to miss out on Svengoolie’s big broadcast premiere of “The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll” (1960), this Sat. on Me-TV! A unique cinematic twist on Stevenson’s classic thriller story with Sven’s extended fun facts, Doug Graves’ parody song of the evening and Kerwyn’s “mail call” segment! And according to a recent post from Sven’s official Twitter site, be on the lookout during the big broadcast for a cameo appearance by famed DC Comics superhero artist George Pérez! You will not be disappointed! Highly recommended to all fellow super SvenPals and fellow Hammer horror aficionados everywhere!
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Extra! Extra! Extra! Fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal Jamie Lee recently announced the official show dates for the upcoming Chicago/Berwyn/Lake Villa Terminus stage production of The Reduced Shakespeare Company (Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield)’s “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)” at the Terminus Theatre venue (121 Grand Ave., Lake Villa, IL, 60046)! A collaborative production of the theatrical troupe of Jamie Lee, Dean Griffiths, Tara Petrozelli and director Jim Behr under the “Jackalope Productions” moniker; the Jackalope-Terminus stage rendition of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) will take place at the Terminus Theatre on Fri., July 5, Sat., July 6 and Fri., July 19 (all at 8 p.m., local time)!
Tickets are now on sale through the Eventbrite platform and at the Terminus Theatre complex (ticket prices are $8). Jamie and the Jackalope players are still seeking additional funding for the production via Indiegogo’s platform, several premium “perks”/goodies are also listed for patrons who donate according to the official site and any amount helps!
Kudos, peace and “Hi-Keeba” to Jamie, Dean, Tara and Jim on their upcoming Jackalope-Terminus July productions of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) on behalf of the entire crowd of fellow super SvenPals and jammers everywhere! Again, fingers crossed and we’re all rooting for you and the entire ensemble! Two thumbs up/three cheers! Be sure to support Jamie, the entire Jackalope players and the local Berwyn/Chicago/Lake Villa performing arts scene by supporting/generously spreading the word about their Indiegogo fund and upcoming stage productions! –C.H.
In connection to “The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll” (1960):
“The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll” (1960) is also available on Blu-Ray as part of Mill Creek’s classic Columbia-Hammer horror double-feature twinset (“Hammer Films Double Feature: Vol. 1,” paired with the 1964 classic Columbia-Hammer-Christopher Lee thriller; “The Gorgon”). The film is also available as part of Mill Creek’s classic Columbia-Hammer horror anthology film DVD compilation set, “Hammer Films Collection: Vol. 1,” by arrangement with Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc./Sony Pictures Entertainment/Sony Pictures Home Entertainment).
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