Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)

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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:
Sir Charles Emery
Sam Higgins
The Bishop
Peter Godfrey ...
Frederick Worlock ...
Dr. Heath (as Frederic Worlock)
William Tannen ...
Intern Fenwick
Frances Robinson ...
Denis Green ...
Mr. Weller
Forrester Harvey ...
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)  »

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El hombre y la bestia  »

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1.37 : 1
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The concept of the two female loves of Jekyll/Hyde's life, aristocratic Beatrix Emery and barmaid Ivy Petersen, actually originated in the original stage version of "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde", as adapted by T.R. Sullivan for the great 19th century stage actor Richard Mansfield. The Stevenson novella mentions no female love interest of any sort for either Jekyll or Hyde. See more »


When Jekyll and Lanyon drop off Ivy at her home, a wire is visibly attached to Ivy. It evidently helps her as she falls out of the carriage, and again supports her weight as Jekyll "carries" her inside. 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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Referenced in Hare Remover (1946) See more »


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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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so many people seem to prefer the older version of everything
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Spencer Tracy is magnificent in this, doing Mr Hyde basically with changes in behavior and agility rather than heavy make-up. He scared me to death when he vaulted over a railing and down a couple fo flights of stairs.

This is more of a thriller than a horror movie and done long before it became fashionable to throw tons of money and big-name performers at horror classics in order to produce blockbusters that were once just silly.

This supposedly cleaned-up version has Hyde asking Ingrid Bergman if she likes him because he's a little bit Jeckyll or Jeckyll because he's a little bit Hyde.

So many people are fussing that this movie turns the prostitute into a bar maid. Folks, in that part of London at that time, bar maids WERE prostitutes.

I find any moster more scary with no facial hair or deformities added. This Mr Hyde could well exist in real life. In fact, he DOES exist in real life. Once in a while we manage to prove it and put him in prison.

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