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Title:
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
('Robert Louis Stevenson classic')
Plot:
An unforeseen accident gives birth to the evil alter ego of the doctor in charge of the experiment.
Episode:
0107
Air Dates:
First Run - June 18, 1974
Repeat - September 4, 1974
Repeat - January 8, 1978
Repeat - July 7, 1979
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12 Responses to Episode 0107


Episode 0107 and 0852 are both titled "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde", however they are uniquely different stories, not duplicates.

thank you cbs radio mystery theater

Although the Jekyll/Hyde transformation is a very famous aspect of popular culture these days, it was originally a "twist" that Jekyll and Hyde turned out to be the same person. "The CBS Radio Mystery Theater" still portrays it as such, but is a little weird since essentially every listener already knows this to be the case. Science fiction.

thank you cbs radio mystery theater

Here's a story that's been adapted so often that it's just about impossible to come up with a new approach. This one claims to be very faithful to the original... Not really. There's the inevitable tragic love interest added. A rather odd sequence in which Hyde literally walks over Lanyon in the street - adapted from an incident in the story where Hyde trampled a child on the sidewalk. In this version Hyde also seems to be commiting a number of brutal murders of strangers... And there's a new ending... All in all; not faithful but not too bad in it's own right.

A doctor and his alter ego created by an experiment gone awry. Decent adaptation of Stevenson's best work. Recommended.

A scientist has his lawyer create a strange will to leave all his estate to an unknown individual in the case of his death or disappearance. The individual named in the will turns up in strange circumstances, usually associated with acts of extreme violence. A good adaptation of the Stevenson original story.

Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale of a scientist whose search for the dual essence of human nature and morality carries a heavy personal price for success. Host E. G. Marshall claims this version is the closest to Stevenson's original.

Versions of this story also appeared on the BBC, Favorite Story, Weird Circle, NBC Short Story, Theater Guild on the Air, the U.S. Steel Hour, and more recently by an independent producer called Monterey Soundworks.

Thanks for this show! As E.G says in his postscript remarks; he considers this adaptation closer to the Stevenson original than any of the film versions of the story. Kevin McCarthy is at his best here, better than he is in the Sherlock Holmes episodes, in my opinion. His characterization is creepy and convincing. I think it's a great 45 minute abridgement of the original. There seem to be a few seconds missing in the middle of the show . . . perhaps a gap caused by flipping over a 60 minute cassette during the initial recording? Just a couple of lines when Jeckyll warns Utterson (?) to leave the room rather than witness the transformation. Out of all the adaptations of classic material that RMT did over the years, this one remains my favorite. You can almost smell London in the 1890's!

as for this program, i'd heard it a while back, so it was great to revisit. for some reason, this website allows me to focus on a program with a deeper analysis and respect than just randomly listening. this was a terrific program. it delivers on all levels and held my attention all the way through. some adaptations tend to border into the boring or forced, but this one was as fresh and exciting as any other RMT tale offered up. as a note, i recently watched the animated film, Treasure Planet, a futuristic adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. while mostly a kid's movie, it was great fun and held true to the spirit of the original tale. a surprise in it was the name they chose for the ship they travelled in: RLS LEGEND, a homage to the original author. anyhow, thanks again Morton, for a fine choice.

"Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde" was a solid performance. I had never read, heard, or seen any rendition of Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde--Mystery Theater was my first time experiencing this classic. It was well done without being distinct in any sort of way. 3 stars.

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