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Pre-Code Direct Undress

by Dawn Fratini

In this scene from Rouben Mamoulian's 1932 version of DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE, Frederic March's young Jekyll rescues Miriam Hopkin's prostitute, Ivy, from a beating. Seeing his wealth, she tries to seduce him by flirting, including performing an impromptu strip tease. The scene not only presents us with barely-covered nudity, but it does so by employing direct-address. There are several scenes in the film that employ Jekyll's first person point-of-view, most famously that of his Hyde transformation. This scene, coming earlier, positions us to share in his seduction. We are, therefore, also implicated in his subsequent transformation when he succumb to his baser desires as Hyde.

Pre-Code Horror: Dr. Jekyll and Ivy

Scene from Mamoulian's 1932 Dr. Jeykll and Mr. Hyde (Paramount)

from Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1932)
Creator: Rouben Mamoulian
Distributor: Paramount
Posted by Dawn Fratini