Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde
Dr. Black and Mr. Hyde / Dr. Black and Mr. White / The Watts Monster
Charles Walker, Manfred Bernhard (executive), William Crain (associate)
directed by William Crain
starring Bernie Casey, Marie O'Henry, Rosalind Cash, Ji-Tu Cumbuka, Milt Kogan, Stu Gilliam, Elizabeth Robinson, Della Thomas, Marc Alaimo, Sam Laws, Judith Angeline, Janed Day, Eric Washington, Dan Spelling, Cora Lee Day, Bob Minor, Rai Tasco, Nancy Middleton, Adrienne Richard, Wilson Bryant III, Kajo Thomas, Buff Brady, Gregory Awosika, Sam Nudell, Fred Johnson
written by Larry LeBron, based on a story by Lawrence Woolner, music by Johnny Pate
Jekyll and Hyde
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The black Dr. Pride (Bernie Casey) is a successful and rich surgeon who
loves his work and even dedicates his spare time to research - but, as one
of his patients, Linda (Marie O'Henry), your neighbourhood prostitute with
a heart of gold who's (not so) secretly in love with him, points out,
apart from the colour of his skin, he's gone completely white ... Funny
thing is, when Pride later that day tests a drug he has just developed on
himself, he really goes white (though he looks more like Bernie Casey
after an over-exposure to flour), and he goes violentbeating up Linda's
pimp Silkey (Stu Gilliam).
Later that week, Pride has a proper date with Linda - even though he's
romantically involved with his colleague Billie (Rosalind Cash) -, tells
her that despite his good job, good life and everything he can never shake
the shame of his mother having beebn a prostitute, and then asks her to be
the guinea pig for his drug (yup the one that turned him white
temporarily). Linda refuses, understandably, and persuades him to test the
drug on himself first ... which he actually does, and soon he turns white
again and starts killing prostitutes (not Linda though).
When one of Linda's best friends (and fellow prostitutes) is killed as
well, Linda turns to the police, telling them about her suspicions and
giving away the name of the man she still loves ... but for that, Pride -
as his white, Hyde self - goes after Linda, soon captures her and drags
her around town ... until he is cornered by the police, climbs a tall
tower to escape arrest but is gunned down (even though he previously was
impenetrable by bullets) and dies like King
Kong - and once again it was beauty who killed the beast ...
This little horror flick with a very exploitative (blaxploitative ?)
title is actually an attempt to blend horror and blaxploitation motives
with social commentary - but as honourable as this attempt is on paper it
ultimately backfires when the screenplay has no more to say about
Afro-Americans than some old over-used clichés that aren't even used in
an entertaining way - which makes the film not only fail as a social
commentary but makes it also way too preachy to succeed as a
blaxploitation/horror hybrid. And then there's of course Bernie Casey made
up as a white man, which looks nothing short of ridiculous (but not in a
good way) and doesn't help the film one bit either. Definitely not worth