Svengoolie’s advertisement/brief preview of his upcoming big broadcast of “The Son of Dr. Jekyll” (1951) on Me-TV (from Tim Bartsch’s YouTube channel). Note: As of this writing, the original theatrical trailer to the 1951 Columbia horror-monster production is unavailable on YouTube or any other online video platform. -C.H.
The 1951 horror-monster entry was directed by veteran Columbia-Screen Gems production supervisor Seymour Friedman, who worked on two latter mystery features in Columbia’s “Boston Blackie” mystery adaptations with Chester Morris in 1948 and 1949. Friedman also supervised numerous television productions for the studio’s Screen Gems unit (including 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 1966 pilot episode of “The Monkees*”).
Veteran Columbia screenwriter Mortimer Braus and former newspaper columnis Jack Pollexfen wrote the screenplay for Friedman’s 1951 production of “The Son of Dr. Jekyll,” which was loosely adapted from Robert Louis Stevenson’s celebrated thriller novel, “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”
This will mark Sven’s second big coast-to-coast broadcast of “The Son of Dr. Jekyll” (1951) on Me-TV. He previously showcased the 1951 Friedman-Columbia monster/horror feature back in April 2019.
Who was in Friedman’s 1951 Columbia monster-horror classic?
The players who appeared in “The Son of Dr. Jekyll” (1951) were Louis Hayward (in the dual roles of Edward Jekyll/Mr. Hyde; Hayward previously appeared in the title role of Simon “The Saint” Templar in the 1938 Ben Holmes-RKO production of “The Saint in New York;” which was the first RKO screen adaptation of Leslie Charteris’ novel in the studio’s “Saint” feature adaptation series), Jody Lawrance (as Lynn Utterson, Lawrance later appeared with Mickey Rooney in Richard Quine’s 1953 Columbia musical comedy; “All Ashore”), young Hamilton Camp (in an uncredited role as William Bennett, Camp went onto greater fame as a singer-songwriter and cartoon vocalist; including his dual vocalizations of the character of Fenton Crackshell/Gizmoduck in the original 1987-90 Disney syndicated animated series, “DuckTales”), Alexander Knox (as Dr. Curtis Lanyon), Lester Matthews (as Sir John Utterson, Matthews previously appeared in the role of Paul Ames in the 1935 Stuart Walker–Universal werewolf monster classic; “Werewolf of London”), Gavin Muir (as Richard Daniels; Muir also appeared in the role of Dr. Philip Gray in the 1951 Universal “Invisible Man” monster farce with Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, “Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man”), Rhys Williams (as Michaels), Paul Cavanagh (as Inspector Stoddard, Cavanagh later played the role of Sidney Wallace in the Andre de Toth’s 1953 Warner Bros. 3-D thriller classic with Vincent Price, “House of Wax”) and Holmes Herbert (in an uncredited role as a constable, Herbert previously appeared in the role of Dr. John Lanyon in the1931 Rouben Mamoulian–Paramount screen adaptation of Stevenson’s thriller with Frederic March; “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”).