Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1908 film)

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
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Directed byOtis Turner (unconfirmed)
Produced byWilliam N. Selig
Written byGeorge F. Fish
Luella Forepaugh
Based onThe Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
by Robert Louis Stevenson
StarringHobart Bosworth
Betty Harte
Distributed bySelig Polyscope Company
Release date
  • March 7, 1908 (1908-03-07)
Running time
16 mins. (one reel)
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent movie

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a 1908 silent horror film starring Hobart Bosworth, and Betty Harte in her film debut.

Directed by Otis Turner and produced by William N. Selig, the screenplay was adapted by George F. Fish and Luella Forepaugh based on their 1897 four act stage play, which was condensed into a one reel movie short.[1]

This is the first screen adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's 1886 novel Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

Critics were enthusiastic, giving Bosworth special mention: "The change is displayed with a dramatic ability almost beyond comprehension."

The film was released seven months after the death of stage actor Richard Mansfield. Mansfield created the part of Jekyll/Hyde in the theater in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, beginning in 1887.

There are no known existing copies of the film.


Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde began with the raising of the stage curtain. Dr. Jekyll vows his undying love for Alice, a vicar's daughter, in her spacious garden. Suddenly, seized by his addiction to the chemical formula, Jekyll begins to convulse and distort himself into the evil Mr. Hyde. He savagely attacks Alice, and when her father tries to intervene, Mr. Hyde takes great delight in slaughtering him. Later on, Jekyll transforms again, but haunted by visions of the gallows, Mr. Hyde takes a fatal dose of poison, killing both identities. In true theatrical tradition, the curtain then closes.


  1. ^ Nollen, Scott Allen (1994). Robert Louis Stevenson: Life, Literature and the Silver Screen. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland. p. 168. ISBN 0-89950-788-3. OCLC 473576741.

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