Being two-faced is never a good thing for any person- and tonight’s movie proves it! We bring you a tale from classic literature of a man burning the candle at both ends to try to prove that man has two natures- one noble, one beyond the restrictions of society- who tragically succeeds in proving his point- leading to deadly consequences for all who encounter the “Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll”!
Henry Jekyll labors for hours each day and night in his laboratory-keeping an almost hermit-like existence, ignoring his lovely wife Kitty while experimenting regarding the nature of man. His theory is that, although man has developed into a being of reason and compassion- there is still the potential for man to give way to his baser instincts and go in the opposite direction. Although his mentor, Professor Ernst, tries to dissuade him from this strange pursuit, and to give equal time to his wife and normal day to day life, Jekyll ignores him. He works hours on end on a formula that he feels will finally prove his theory.
Enter Jekyll’s “best friend” Paul Allen- with friends like him, one doesn’t need enemies. Paul is a high-living gambler with low values, who. every time his debts increase, relies on Henry to bail him out monetarily . Unbeknownst to Henry, his neglected wife Kitty has begun to rely on Paul- conversely- to bail her out from her life of zero affection from her spouse!
While Kitty and Paul carry on their affair and go out on the town, Jekyll thinks he has perfected his serum, and tries it out on himself. It causes him to transform, both physically and mentally! His new personality is the exact opposite of the cloistered scientist who prefers solitude- and he now craves action and human (perhaps almost inhuman) interaction. He is directed to a seamy nightclub where Kitty and Allen just happen to be getting coosome - and,realizing the truth, the nasty mind of Edward Hyde begins to formulate some new and frightening schemes! In mere moments, Hyde sparks some confrontations in the club, revealing the evil Hyde is capable of- and, when he reverts to his original Henry persona, the brutality of what he has done convinces him that perhaps he should never use his serum again.
But that is not to be- after he attempts to reconcile with Kitty, only to be rejected, he is driven to, once again, use his personality-changing potion. In his Hyde persona, he cultivates a friendship of convenience with Paul, who is a conduit to all sorts of nasty places. At the club, he sets his sights on an exotic and sensual snake dancer- but then decides his next conquest in his Hyde identity should be none other than his own wife- Kitty! He attempts to use the leverage of Paul’s need for funds as a way to convince him to stand aside and let Hyde claim Kitty as his own! Even with his obvious lack of morals, Paul is angered and refuses- spurring Hyde to set out on a path of heartless revenge- although the personality-changing potion he takes begins to have unexpected sinister side effects!
This full color Hammer Studios version of the classic Robert Louis Stevenson tale – released in 1961- is different from many versions of the story- because, in this one, Jekyll transforms into a handsome heart-breaker, and not a burly monstrous near-Neanderthal. We’ll introduce you to the cast, bring a new nasty nightspot to your attention- and- reprise our chat with legendary comics artist George Perez- who has worked on “The Avengers,“Wonder Woman”, and the recently- adapted for the CW epic adventure “Crisis on Infinite Earths”!
Come face-to-face with the “Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll” 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 . Feel free to join the 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, “Valley of the Dragons” will make an encore at 11 am this morning the U.
Many thanks to our fans and friends who joined us last weekend at the Comic Collector in Riverside and at the Christmas Mystic Market in Lyons, Il. Sventa Claus found very few of the visitors to be naughty- and a majority to be very nice! Look for Svengoolie appearances to start up again in the new year.
But tonight- it’s double danger when one man unleashes two-faced terror!