Dr. Pyckle and Mr. Pride

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  • NR
  • 1925
  • 21 min
  • 6.4  (385)

Dr. Pyckle and Mr. Pride is a silent black and white film released in 1925. It follows the story of Dr. Pyckle (Stan Laurel), a scientist who is obsessed with the idea of dividing the good and evil sides of human nature. He experiments with a potion that he believes will transform him into a model of goodness named Mr. Pride, but the results are not as expected.

Dr. Pyckle’s obsession with the transformation from good to evil takes him to new heights of madness. The film is a brilliant take on the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde story. The audience is introduced to the good-natured and kind-hearted Dr. Pyckle, who is admired by everyone in his community, especially the young women. They often swoon at the sight of him, and the local gossip has it that Dr. Pyckle is due to marry the lovely Julie Leonard.

However, his experiments take over, and his potion not only transforms him into a split personality but also into one of the ugliest creatures ever seen on the silver screen. As Mr. Pride, he starts to unleash his newfound evil powers on the people around him, especially Pete the Dog, his loyal companion.

The film’s audience is kept on the edge of their seats throughout, as Dr. Pyckle is consistently in search of a cure while his evil personality (Mr. Pride) causes more and more harm. There is plenty of comedic moments interspersed in the storyline, which is a signature of its lead actor and writer Stan Laurel.

One of the film's most interesting aspects is the split screen effects used to show both Dr. Pyckle and Mr. Pride in the same scene. Often, there would be a shot of Dr. Pyckle on one side of the screen and Mr. Pride on the other, giving the impression of two different people in the same room. This technique was revolutionary for cinema in 1925, and it helped create even more chaos and humor in the film’s environment.

The acting from Stan Laurel is superb, and he shines in both his roles as the timid and benevolent Dr. Pyckle and the evil Mr. Pride. His performance was a drastic departure from the many silent comedy performances he had been in before, but it showcased his versatility as a lead actor.

Julie Leonard is also noteworthy for her portrayal of Pyckle’s fiancée. She is a stunning performer, and her beauty shines through the screen. Her interactions with Stan Laurel exhibit their mutual chemistry, and it’s easy to see why many young ladies adored him in real life.

Pete the Dog, who played the loyal companion of Dr. Pyckle, genuinely stole the show with his natural comedic timing. His expressions and actions are nothing short of brilliant, a true asset to the team.

In conclusion, Dr. Pyckle and Mr. Pride is a timeless classic that is well worth watching. The film shows the best of what silent comedies had to offer in the 1920s. The highlight of the movie is, of course, Stan Laurel's iconic performance, which is still relevant today. The humor is still relevant, and the split screen effects are impressive even in modern cinema. Even after almost a century, the film remains a testament to the imagination and the comic genius of its team.

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    6.4  (385)