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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)

Passed | | Horror, Sci-Fi | September 1941 (USA)
Dr. Jekyll allows his dark side to run wild when he drinks a potion that turns him into the evil Mr. Hyde.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. John Lanyon
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Dr. Heath (as Frederic Worlock)
Intern Fenwick
Denis Green ...
Mr. Weller
Old Prouty


Dr. Jekyll believes good and evil exist in everyone. Experiments reveal his evil side, named Hyde. Experience teaches him how evil Hyde can be: he kills Ivy who earlier expressed interest in Jekyll and Sir Charles, Jekyll's fiancée's father. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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September 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El hombre y la bestia  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Patricia Morison and Susan Hayward were tested for roles in the film. See more »


Right after Marcia and Ivy have been talking about a new theatre production and Hyde enters the room, the shadow of a boom mic is visible throughout much of the remaining scene with Hyde eating the grapes and playing the piano. The mic shadow, visible on the back wall, moves over to the doorway as Hyde enters, interrupting Ivy and Marcia, and follows him around the room. It's quite visible. See more »


Dr. Henry Jekyll: [as Hyde] When you went to see the good doctor, before you left you said... I almost thought, well what did you think? Maybe that you saw a little bit of ME, Hyde in him?
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See Me Dance the Polka
Music and Lyrics by George Grossmith
Additional Lyrics by John Lee Mahin
Sung by Alice Mock in the "Palace of Frivolties" show
Reprised by Ingrid Bergman
Whistled by Spencer Tracy (whistling dubbed by Robert Bradford)
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Tracy is a chilling Hyde...Bergman is brilliant...
7 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

For years I knew that Fredric March had won one of his Oscars for DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE back in the '30s and always assumed that because of this his performance was superior to Spencer Tracy's.

But having just seen the Tracy-Bergman-Turner version, my opinion has changed. Whereas the make-up for March makes him look like a cheap monster in a Universal thriller and almost Simian, Tracy achieves a distinctly chilling effect simply through posture and facial expressions alone with a minimum of make-up. His first encounter with the barmaid Ivy (Ingrid Bergman) is beautifully done with both of them registering emotions as they play against each other--Tracy with a wicked gleam in his eye and Bergman trying to hide her fear. She creates a really sympathetic character, especially when she realizes the extent of her degradation. Her scenes with Tracy where he is sadistically taunting her remind one of the cat-and-mouse game she played with Charles Boyer in "Gaslight".

The B&W photography realistically captures Victorian London after dark with its swirling mists and street lamps. All of the performances are first rate except for an uncertain Lana Turner who has a pallid role and can do little with it.

The only flaws are the film's length--it takes too long to tell the tale with its long-winded speeches--and the leisurely pace under Victor Fleming's direction makes the horror more muted than it need be.

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