Dr. Pyckle and Mr. Pryde  

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Dr. Pyckle and Mr. Pryde is a 1925 silent, black-and-white comedy film, directed by Scott Pembroke and Joe Rock (also the producer).

The film iself is both a spoof of the previous Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde films (e.g. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920 film) and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1912 film)) and the well-famed novel by Robert Louis Stevenson The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. The film stars Stan Laurel as the title characters.

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Cast

  • Stan Laurel as Dr. Pyckle/Mr. Pryde (sometimes as Mr. Pride)
  • Julie Leonard as Dr. Pyckle's assistant
  • Pete the Dog (as Pete the pup)
  • Syd Crossley (uncredited bit role)
  • Dot Farley (uncredited bit role)

Plot

Dr. Stanislaus Pyckle, (a play of the actor's name, Stan Laurel), successfully separates the good and evil of man's nature with the use of a powerful drug ("Dr. Pyckle's 58th Variety" as he himself names it). Transforming into the personality of Mr. Pride (again Laurel), he terrorizes the town with unspeakable acts including stealing a boy’s ice cream, cheating at marbles, and popping a bag behind a lady pedestrian. The towns people track him down where Mr. Pride locks himself in the laboratory and transforms back at Dr. Pyckle. The doctor assures the townspeople that he hasn't seen the "fiend" they were after. While he talks, the drug used for the transformation spills in the plate of food of the doctor's dog. Dr. Pyckle confronts the fiendish dog when he locks the door and the townspeople leave. But once again, Mr. Pride emerges and brings havoc to the town, and again is chased down by the townspeople. He enters the lab and transforms back at Pyckle and again assures the townspeople he hasn't seen the fiend. His assistant (Julie Leonard) begs the doctor to open and comfort him, but he transforms back at Mr. Pride. He opens the door to the assistant and locks it again. She screams seeing Pride and the townspeople hurry back, before the assistant can knock Pride down.

The appearance of the fiendish Mr. Pride is an obvious spoof on the make-up designed for John Barrymore as Mr. Hyde. Also spoofed are the sudden and strange movements Barrymore's Jekyll makes during the transformation, as well as Hyde's confrontation with Millicent, Jekyll's fiancee, when Hyde lets her inside the lab. Other scenes show obvious parodies of other Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde films (e.g. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920/II film) and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1912 film)).

Information

Production

Additional details

  • Runtime: 21 minutes
  • Country: USA
  • Language: English
  • Color: Black-and-White
  • Sound Mix: Silent
  • Aspect Radio: 1.33 :1
  • Certification: UK:U

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