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Trailers from Hell: Sam Hamm on Jean Renoir's Made-for-TV 'Testament of Dr. Cordelier'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood December 5, 2012 at 10:57AM

Jekyll and Hyde Week continues at Trailers from Hell with screenwriter Sam Hamm introducing Jean Renoir's "The Testament of Dr. Cordelier," an unauthorized Robert Louis Stevenson adaptation.
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"The Testament of Dr. Cordelier"
"The Testament of Dr. Cordelier"

Jekyll and Hyde Week continues at Trailers from Hell with screenwriter Sam Hamm introducing Jean Renoir's "The Testament of Dr. Cordelier," an unauthorized Robert Louis Stevenson adaptation.

The great Jean Renoir made this unauthorized Robert Louis Stevenson adaptation as a multi-camera television quickie, which turned out so well it played theaters under the titles Experiment in Evil and The Doctor's Horrible Secret. Jean-Louis Barrault provides one of the more memorably eccentric Mr. Hyde performances. It can be seen in its entirety here.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.