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The Doctor's Horrible Experiment

Le Testament du Docteur Cordelier

1959
France
1h35
Fiction
B&W
in french

In Paris, the lawyer Joly is given the will of his friend and client Cordelier, a well-known psychiatrist, who leaves everything to a patient called Opale. However Joly learns that this Opale is a sadistic pervert and murderer who keeps evading the police…

The film is a retelling of the novella Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson set in 1950s France. Jean-Louis Barrault plays Dr. Cordelier/Opale, the substitute for Dr. Jekyll/Hyde character.

Cast
Jean-Louis Barrault, Michel Vitold, Teddy Bilis, Micheline Gary, Jean Topart
Screenplay
Jean Renoir, d'après le roman de Robert Louis Stevenson L'Étrange Cas du docteur Jekyll et de M. Hyde, non cité au générique
Photography
Georges Leclerc
Sound
Joseph Richard
Music
Joseph Kosma
Art direction
Marcel-Louis Dieulot
Editing
Renée Lichtig, Maryse Barbut, Françoise London
Production
RTF, Sofirad, Compagnie Jean Renoir

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