WHEN DR. QUACKEL DID HIDE (1920)
aka When Quackel Did Hyde, When Quackel Did Hide
Article 4579 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Charles Gramlich
Featuring Charlie Joy and Edgar Jones
What it is: Parody of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”
Dr. Quackel comes up with a potion to make himself evil; only Seidletz powder can cure him.
I don’t know how many silent parody versions of this story exist, but here’s one that survived. Perhaps the most interesting thing about this version is that, rather than just parodying the central premise, it also parodies some of the side characters and significant scenes from the novel. The biggest problem with the short is simply that it’s not very funny; in fact, other than a couple of moderately entertaining title cards, it’s pretty lame. In fact, it’s the director’s sole credit on IMDB, which does seem to indicate that this one didn’t go over all that well. Still, it’s such a rarity that I’m grateful I had a chance to see it.