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"Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (1912) starring James Cruze and Florence La Badie

"Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" is a short horror film, based on the story of Robert Louis Stevenson, featuring Florence La Badie, a star of Silent Hall of Fame. 

The white-haired Dr. Jekyll is curious to experiment with a drug that can separate man into two beings - one representing good and the other evil.  He drinks the concoction and converts into a black-haired beast of a man with talons and fangs. He is immediately horrified, takes the antidote and becomes his normal self again.

Curiosity is stronger, however, and he keeps making the conversion periodically.  The evil alter ego becomes known as Mr. Hyde, but of course nobody suspects that he and the doctor are the same person.  Mr. Hyde does all kinds of bad things with impunity until one day he attacks his girlfriend, played by Florence La Badie. 

The evil half of the doctor is thus exposed and he is unable to resume his "normal" personality as all the antidote is gone.   In the end Dr. Jekyll gets more than he bargained for with his ill-fated experiment.

Directed by                    Lucius Henderson
Produced by                  Thanhouser Company
Written by                      Robert Louis Stevenson (novel)
Starring                          James Cruze, Florence La Badie
Release date                   January 16, 1912
Running time                 12 minutes (One-Reel film)
Country                          United States
Language                        Silent film

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