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Director:
Writers:
John Lee Mahin (screen play)
Robert Louis Stevenson (based on the novel by)
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Release Date:
September 1941 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A Good Woman! A Bad Woman - who needed the love of both! See more »
Plot:
Dr. Jekyll allows his dark side to run wild when he drinks a potion that turns him into the evil Mr. Hyde. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 3 Oscars. See more »
User Reviews:
A Bold Experiment See more (72 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Spencer Tracy ... Dr. Henry Jekyll / Mr. Hyde

Ingrid Bergman ... Ivy Peterson

Lana Turner ... Beatrix Emery

Donald Crisp ... Sir Charles Emery

Ian Hunter ... Dr. John Lanyon

Barton MacLane ... Sam Higgins

C. Aubrey Smith ... The Bishop
Peter Godfrey ... Poole

Sara Allgood ... Mrs. Higgins
Frederick Worlock ... Dr. Heath (as Frederic Worlock)
William Tannen ... Intern Fenwick
Frances Robinson ... Marcia
Denis Green ... Freddie

Billy Bevan ... Mr. Weller
Forrester Harvey ... Old Prouty
Lumsden Hare ... Colonel Weymouth

Lawrence Grant ... Dr. Courtland
John Barclay ... Constable
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rudolph Andrean ... Art Student (uncredited)
Jimmy Aubrey ... Hanger-On (uncredited)
Vangie Beilby ... Spinster in Art Museum (uncredited)
Lydia Bilbrook ... Lady Copewell (uncredited)
Hillary Brooke ... Mrs. Arnold (uncredited)
Rita Carlyle ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Herbert Clifton ... Hostler (uncredited)
Alec Craig ... Tripped Waiter (uncredited)
David Dunbar ... Footman (uncredited)
Al Ferguson ... Constable (uncredited)
Mary Field ... Wife (uncredited)
Gwen Gaze ... Mrs. French (uncredited)
Douglas Gordon ... Cockney (uncredited)
Eldon Gorst ... Messenger (uncredited)
Frank Hagney ... Drunk (uncredited)
Bobby Hale ... Cart Driver (uncredited)
Stuart Hall ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Winifred Harris ... Mrs. Weymouth (uncredited)
Harold Howard ... Blind Man (uncredited)
Brandon Hurst ... Briggs, Lanyon's Butler (uncredited)
Olaf Hytten ... Hobson (uncredited)
P.J. Kelly ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... Constable (uncredited)
Claude King ... Uncle Geoffrey (uncredited)
Susanne Leach ... Dowager in Church (uncredited)
Doris Lloyd ... Mrs. Marley (uncredited)
Gwendolyn Logan ... Mrs. Courtland (uncredited)
Eric Lonsdale ... Husband (uncredited)
Frances MacInerney ... Young Woman (uncredited)
Aubrey Mather ... Inspector (uncredited)
Cyril McLaglen ... Drunk (uncredited)
Alice Mock ... Soloist in 'See Me Dance the Polka' Number (uncredited)
Pat Moriarity ... Drunk (uncredited)
Lionel Pape ... Mr. Marley (uncredited)
Milton Parsons ... Choir Master (uncredited)
John Power ... Constable (uncredited)
Clara Reid ... Old Woman in Art Museum (uncredited)
Patsy Shaw ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Yorke Sherwood ... Chairman (uncredited)
Jimmy Spencer ... Young Man (uncredited)
Jack Stewart ... Constable (uncredited)
Jacques Vanaire ... French Attendant (uncredited)
Pax Walker ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Martha Wentworth ... Landlady (uncredited)
C.M. 'Slats' Wyrick ... Thug (uncredited)

Directed by
Victor Fleming 
 
Writing credits
John Lee Mahin (screen play)

Robert Louis Stevenson (based on the novel by)

Percy Heath  1931 screenplay (uncredited)
Samuel Hoffenstein  1931 screenplay (uncredited)
Paul Osborn  uncredited

Produced by
Victor Fleming .... producer (as Victor Fleming's Production)
Victor Saville .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Franz Waxman (musical score)
 
Cinematography by
Joseph Ruttenberg (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Harold F. Kress (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup created by
 
Production Management
Keith Weeks .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom Andre .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Daniel B. Cathcart .... associate art director
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
 
Special Effects by
Peter Ballbusch .... montage effects
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
 
Stunts
Gil Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gile Steele .... wardrobe: men's
 
Editorial Department
Peter Ballbusch .... montage effects
 
Music Department
Daniele Amfitheatrof .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Joseph Nussbaum .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Ernst Matray .... dance direction
Carl 'Major' Roup .... script clerk (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
113 min | Germany:90 min | Germany:108 min (VHS version)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #7341)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
In the original theatrical version, once Dr. Jekyll is first transformed into Mr. Hyde, he walks up to a mirror in his laboratory. As he stares into it he questions his face saying such things as, "It's my face, yet it isn't" This is followed by him exclaiming, "Can this be evil?" In later TV prints, the earlier lines are missing. They're inexplicably missing to this day. Either the negative was damaged or the cuts were made on purpose.See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: 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 »
Quotes:
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?See more »
Soundtrack:
See Me Dance the PolkaSee more »

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25 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
A Bold Experiment, 18 December 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

It was probably too soon for Spencer Tracy to have tried a remake of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Ten years was not long enough for people to forget Fredric March's Oscar winning performance from the Paramount classic of 1931. This version of the Robert Louis Stevenson horror novel drew for Tracy some of the few bad reviews he ever got as a player because it was too soon. Time has been good to this film and we can see the differences in interpretation.

The Jekyll character that Tracy creates is a soft spoken guy, a lot like Father Flannagan. He's a medical doctor, more interested in research than in a practice. Before Sigmund Freud ever coined the terms ego and id to describe man's duel nature of good and evil, Stevenson had those same notions about man's behavior and incorporated them in his novel.

The Hyde character was a bold experiment. Tracy was probably the player in Hollywood who disliked makeup the most. Yet for this film and for few others, he allowed himself to be made up ever so slightly to suggest the evil Hyde. It was a far cry from the simian appearance of Fredric March's Hyde and Tracy got criticized for it. Retrospectives now are kinder to him and his method of interpretation.

Stepping into the female roles played by Rose Hobart and Miriam Hopkins in the March version are Lana Turner and Ingrid Bergman. Lana Turner although later she played quite a few sexpots was at this stage of her career playing very winsome proper young ladies and not doing a bad job of it.

Ingrid Bergman plays Champagne Ivy, probably one of the most luckless characters in fiction. Ivy was not in the original novel, she was in the play that was adapted from the Stevenson novel and she's come down to us ever since. This poor girl, no better than she ought to be meets Tracy as Jekyll and he's attracted, but engaged to Turner. When he becomes Hyde, the beast within him remembers and stalks Bergman mercilessly ending in tragedy all around.

Besides March and Tracy other actors who've tried this most difficult of parts are John Barrymore, Jack Palance, and Kirk Douglas. Only the best can and are willing to tackle Jekyll and Hyde. And there ain't no doubt that Tracy is one of the best.

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