The 1960 Hammer/Columbia horror masterpiece was directed by veteran Hammer Films director Terence Fisher, who also directed Hammer’s “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). Veteran British feature film screenwriter Wolf Mankowitz wrote the screenplay for Fisher’s 1960 Hammer/Columbia production of “The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll.” Mankowitz was inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel, “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” and the 1959 Hammer/Columbia “Jekyll and Hyde” screen farce; “The Ugly Duckling” with Bernard Bresslaw and a pre-“Doctor Who” Jon Pertwee. Veteran British film producer Michael Carreras produced Fisher’s production of “The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll” (1960). Fisher’s 1960 Hammer/Columbia horror entry was filmed in the “Megascope” widescreen process (2.35 : 1 aspect ratio, a.k.a. “Super 35”/35mm anamorphic process), according to IMDB.
Released by Columbia Pictures throughout Great Britain in 1960, Columbia did not release the Hammer production of “The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll” in the United States due to objections from the Motion Picture Association’s production code; according to the American Film Institute.
In 1961, Samuel Z. Arkoff and James H. Nicholson’s American-International Pictures acquired the U.S. theatrical release rights to Fisher’s 1960 Hammer horror production and was re-titled/re-edited by AIP under the titles of “House of Fright” and “Jekyll’s Inferno;” according to additional information from the AFI database. Columbia obtained the U.S. releasing/distribution rights to “The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll” in later years under the original title beginning with a 1972 television premiere on the CBS television network (according to IMDB) and a 1974 Columbia Pictures Television syndication package of classic/modern Columbia features for local television stations, according to a 1974 trade ad in Broadcasting Magazine.
This will mark Sven’s second big broadcast of “The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll” (1960) on Me-TV. He previously showcased Fisher’s 1960 Hammer/Columbia horror production as a big broadcast premiere back in June 2019.
Who was in Fisher’s 1960 Hammer/Columbia horror production?
The players who appeared in Fisher’s 1960 Hammer-Columbia screen thriller production were Christopher Lee (as Paul Allen; the legendary Lee was known for his numerous 1958–73 Hammer horror-thriller feature appearances of Count Dracula with the legendary Peter Cushing as Prof. Van Helsing, Lee also appeared in the title role of Frankenstein’s monster in 1957’s “The Curse of Frankenstein” and the Mummy Kharis in the 1959 Universal-Hammer re-make of “The Mummy”), Paul Massie (in the dual roles of Dr. Henry Jekyll and Mr. Edward Hyde; Massie later taught drama courses at the University of South Florida and later appeared in a brief guest role as Phil in a 1985 episode of D.L. Taffner’s Canadian-produced supermarket sitcom with Don Adams of “Get Smart” fame), Dawn Addams (as Kitty Jekyll, Addams later appeared in three episodes of ITC’s adaptation of “The Saint” with Roger Moore in 1963, 1964 and 1966 and in the role of the Countess in the 1970 American-International/Hammer production with Peter Cushing, “The Vampire Lovers”), young Oliver Reed (in an uncredited role as a tough person, Reed went onto greater fame for his various feature film roles and later appeared in the title role of the 1980 Charles B. Griffith-Cannon Group spoof of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” “Dr. Heckyl and Mr. Hype”), David Kossoff (as Dr. Ernst Litauer), Norma Marla (as Maria, Marla previously appeared in “The Ugly Duckling” in 1959 with Bernard Bresslaw and Jon Pertwee), Joy Webster (as Jenny), Francis De Wolff (as an inspector) and William Kendall (as a clubman).