Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Take the Rough With the Smooch



He woos with a terrible ardor
His floozy is scared that he's scarred her
With his strange, brutish passion
Her brains he may bash in
She'll bruise if squeezed very much harder.

David Cairns

Fredric March and Miriam Hopkins in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Rouben Mamoulian; 1931).

Monday, June 27, 2016

Grin and Scare It



This Edward's not much for finesse
You dread ev'ry touch and caress
One glance in his mouth
And romance headed south
In your bed in his clutch you're a mess.

Fredric March as Edward Hyde and Miriam Hopkins as Ivy Pearson in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Rouben Mamoulian; 1931).

Friday, June 24, 2016

Forward March



Young Jekyll has learning and status,
And flaunts his self-righteousness at us.
But we're more impressed
A tart got undressed
To grant him a fondle for gratis.

Donald B. Benson

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Rouben Mamoulian; 1931). Ivy Pearson (Miriam Hopkins) exaggerates the severity of her injury to get an examination from Dr. Henry Jekyll (Fredric March).

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Heavily Medic-Hated



The ladies are tempting the doc
One's shady, unkempt in her frock
The other's a pippin
But he turns to a Crippen
A jaded, contemptible crock.

David Cairns

Fredric March is both Henry and Edward, better known as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Rouben Mamoulian; 1931). Rose Hobart is his fiancée Muriel Carew, the "pippin", meaning "an excellent person or thing." Hawley Harvey Crippen, known as Dr. Crippen, was a homeopath convicted of murdering his wife in 1910.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Revolte-Face



From handsome to creep, rearranged
Once dandy, now deeply deranged
Though he shows no improvement
He knows where his groove went
Like a grandstanding Streep, how he's changed!

David Cairns

Fredric March undergoes a transformation in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Rouben Mamoulian; 1931).

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Remember Thou Art Moral



It's sad but it has to be said.
A double life Jekyll has led.
His mistress was built,
But surely 'twas guilt
That kept him awake in his bed.

Donald B. Benson

Fredric March is tortured by the knowledge that he is both Dr. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Rouben Mamoulian; 1931).

Monday, June 20, 2016

Passion Brute



Though it seems like they've only just met
The poor singer's beginning to sweat 
Since he eyed Ivy's show
Edward Hyde won't take "no"
And that gleam in his eye is a threat.

Miriam Hopkins is caught in the grip of Fredric March, playing both Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Rouben Mamoulian; 1931).

Friday, June 17, 2016

Cane Basket Case



Hyde's painting the town bloody-red
With a cane he strikes down on your head
Cracking skulls brings him joy
Jack's no dull kind of boy
But his brain is unsound, poor old Ed.

David Cairns

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Rouben Mamoulian;1931). Fredric March stars as Henry Jekyll and his evil side, Edward Hyde. The film is an adaptation of Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, a novella by Robert Louis Stevenson, first published in 1886.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Tease Play



As Hopkins is swaying her calf
A fop stops appraising to laugh
But nested within
Is a cesspit of sin
Jekyll's stroppy, arcane other half.

David Cairns

Music hall singer Ivy Pearson (Miriam Hopkins) catches the eye of Dr. Henry Jekyll (Fredric March, off), in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Rouben Mamoulian; 1931).Limerick Lexicon: Stroppy: Chiefly British. Easily offended or annoyed; ill-tempered or belligerent.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Torn Between One Lover



The good man is cure for what's ailing her,
But only as boor he's been nailing her.
His morals decree
A dichotomy.
This system for sure will be failing her.

Donald B. Benson

Fredric March and Miriam Hopkins in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Rouben Mamoulian; 1931).

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Rental Cruelty



Mr. Hyde's a mean bastard when dating
He's snide and he's nasty and grating
Yes, he'll get you a flat
But don't let in the rat
He'll sidle up fast and try mating.

Fredric March and Miriam Hopkins in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Rouben Mamoulian; 1931). Title by rent-to-groan Donald B. Benson.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Pied-A-Terror

 

She's installed in an elegant pad
But this moll's forced to dwell with a cad
The décor might be festive
But it's whorish, suggestive 
And her caller is eldritch and mad.

David Cairns

Fredric March as Mr. Hyde and Miriam Hopkins as music hall singer (and we know what that meant Pre-Code) Ivy Pearson in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Rouben Mamoulian; 1931).

Friday, June 10, 2016

Sometimes a Great Potion



On man's nature the doc had his doubts
Human traits he most worried about
Are we decent or bad?
Men of peace, or all cad?
This libation will sort it all out.

James Finn Garner

Fredric March stirs up trouble in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Rouben Mamoulian; 1931). Author James Finn Garner is the fertile fiend behind the Rex Koko, Clown Detective series, and Bardball, the website of baseball poetry.