Sidebar: As of this writing, the original Columbia theatrical trailer to “The Son of Dr. Jekyll” (1951) is unavailable on YouTube or any other online video service platform. -C.H.
“The Son of Dr. Jekyll” (1951) was directed by Seymour Friedman, who also worked on two films in Columbia’s “Boston Blackie” mystery film adaptation series with Chester Morris; “Trapped by Boston Blackie” (1948) and “Boston Blackie’s Chinese Venture” (1949).
Friedman later served as a production manager for Columbia’s “Screen Gems” television unit. He supervised numerous episodes of “Father Knows Best” (from 1958-60), “Hazel” (from 1961-66), “Bewitched” (from 1964-66), “I Dream of Jeannie” (from 1965-66) and the pilot episode of “The Monkees” (1966).
The screenplay for “The Son of Dr. Jekyll” (1951) was written by Mortimer Braus, a veteran Columbia B-unit screenwriter and Jack Pollexfen, a former newspaper reporter. Braus and Pollexfen’s screenplay was a loose continuation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel, “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” Some of the well-known screen adaptations of Stevenson’s thriller were John S. Robertson’s 1920 Paramount adaptation of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” with John Barrymore as Henry Jekyll/Mr. Hyde, Rouben Mamoulian’s Academy Award-winning 1931 Paramount adaptation with Frederic March and Victor Fleming’s 1941 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer adaptation with Spencer Tracy.
Who was in “The Son of Dr. Jekyll” (1951)?
The players who appeared in Friedman’s 1951 Columbia horror production were Louis Hayward (in the dual roles of Edward Jekyll/Mr. Hyde), Jody Lawrance (as Lynn Utterson), Alexander Knox (as Dr. Curtis Lanyon), Lester Matthews (as Sir John Utterson), Gavin Muir (as Richard Daniels), Paul Cavanagh (as Inspector Stoddard), Rhys Williams (as Michaels) and a young Hamilton Camp (in an uncredited role as William Bennett).