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With: Gloria Talbott, John Agar, Arthur Shields, John Dierkes, Martha Wentworth, Molly McCart, Marjorie Stapp, Rita Greene, Marel Page
Written by: Jack Pollexfen
Directed by: Edgar G. Ulmer
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 71
Date: 28/07/1957

Daughter of Dr. Jekyll (1957)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Hyde & Seek

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

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Made two decades after his masterful The Black Cat, this horror film from Edgar G. Ulmer suffers from a much lower budget, but nonetheless retains the touch of its poverty-row master. Most of the running time takes place indoors, in evenly-lit rooms, but occasionally Ulmer unveils a dusty laboratory, a fog-enshrouded ground or a creepy tomb for atmosphere. That, and he has the very Goth-looking Gloria Talbott (I Married a Monster from Outer Space) in the title role; with her Barbara Steele/Bettie Page look, she alone makes this a cult item. On her 21st birthday, Janet (Talbott) arrives at the mansion of her guardian, Dr. Lomas (Arthur Shields). She wants to introduce him to her fiancé George Hastings (John Agar), but the doctor wants to tell her that she's actually the heir to a fortune and... oh, by the way, she's the daughter of the late Dr. Jekyll. Soon the townspeople are being stalked and Janet thinks she's responsible. Besides his sets, Ulmer casts a kind of spell on the proceedings; despite appearances, it's a more than competent work, with personality to spare.

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