Let’s finish off June with a “two-fer”- two distinct personalities for the price of one! We saw his offspring earlier this year- but tonight, we have the original- in a Hammer production in glorious color- as we witness a man whose personalities go to both ends of the spectrum- from studious to devious- when we are introduced to the “Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll”!
We enter Henry Jekyll’s laboratory- where he maintains an almost hermit-like existence, in spite of the fact that he has a lovely wife who deserves some attention! He immerses himself in his study of the nature of man, ignoring poor Kitty. He is convinced that man has developed into a being of reason and compassion- yet feels there is still the potential for man to go in the opposite direction, and give way to his baser instincts. His mentor, Professor Ernst, tries to dissuade him from cutting himself off from life in this strange pursuit, but Jekyll ignores him, and works on a formula that will prove his theory.
Meanwhile, Jekyll’s best friend Paul Allen- a high-living gambler with low values- relies on his pal Henry to bail him out monetarily every time his debts increase- while Kitty has begun to rely on Paul to bail her out from her hubby’s lack of affection!
While his wife is gadding about with his buddy, Jekyll finally tries his serum out on himself- and is transformed, both physically and mentally! His new personality certainly won’t abide by his old self’s lifestyle- and heads out for some entertainment. He just so happens to drop in at a club where Kitty and Allan are canoodling- and this realization sparks some new schemes in the nasty mind of Edward Hyde! Some confrontations in the club show us what evil deeds Hyde is capable of- bad enough that, when he reverts to his Henry persona, he feels like he should never use his serum again.
All that changes when , after attempting to make things better with Kitty- she rejects him- driving him back to his personality-changing potion. Hyde starts hanging around with Paul at seamy places- where he sets his sights on a sensual snake dancer- and then decides that he should aim for- Kitty! He tries to use the leverage of Paul’s need for funds to convince him to –ahem- give Kitty up to him! When Paul- even with his lack of morals- refuses, Hyde sets out on a path of heartless revenge- even as the personality-changing potion begins to have unexpected side effects!
This 1960 version of the classic Robert Louis Stevenson tale may be more palatable to some than the “Son of Dr. Jekyll” film we ran a while back- it takes a slightly different track from a lot of versions by having Jekyll transform , not into a burly, almost monster-like hulk- but a rather handsome fellow! We’ll tell you about the cast, bring you a new song, suggest a nasty nightspot for your entertainment- and- have a chat with comics artist George Perez- whose work on “The Avengers”, “Wonder Woman”, and other famous characters have made him a legendary name!
“Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll” will come face-to-face with you tonight on MeTV at 8pm eastern/pacific, 7 pm central- if you’re unsure of the time and channel in your area, please check your local listings or at www.metv.com . You can join the army of viewers who live- Tweet during the show on Twitter, using the hashtag #svengoolie - whose comments have us among the top trending topics nationally every week! In the Chicago viewing area, “Beast from 20,000 Fathoms” will rerun at 11 am this morning on WCIU, the U. That beast may have come from 20,000 fathoms- but were are very proud to report that it brought us over ONE MILLION viewers last Saturday night on MeTV! Thanks for bringing us to a new high!
Speaking of which, our one week Sven anniversary sale was also the most successful sale in our store’s history. And- there’s more to come- be watching for your Sven newsletter on July 1st for word on something special!
But tonight- it’s transformative terror of the two-faced variety on MeTV!