“Dr. Pyckle and Mr. Pryde” is a 1925 silent film directed by Scott Pembroke and starring Stan Laurel.
The film is a parody of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” with Laurel playing the dual roles of Dr. Pyckle and Mr. Pryde. In this version, Dr. Pyckle is a kindly scientist who invents a potion that he believes will bring out the best in people. However, the potion has the unintended side effect of turning him into the evil and monstrous Mr. Pryde.
As Mr. Pryde, Laurel wreaks havoc on the city, causing chaos and destruction wherever he goes. Meanwhile, Dr. Pyckle desperately tries to find a way to reverse the effects of the potion and put an end to Mr. Pryde’s reign of terror.
“Dr. Pyckle and Mr. Pryde” is a hilarious and inventive parody, showcasing Laurel’s comedic talents and skillful use of physical comedy. The film’s special effects and makeup are also impressive for their time, with Laurel’s transformation from Dr. Pyckle to Mr. Pryde being a standout moment. Despite being a parody, the film still manages to capture the eerie and unsettling tone of the original “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” story.
Scott Pembroke, Joe Rock
Stan Laurel, Julie Leonard, The Wonder Dog Pal