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Director:
Writers:
John Lee Mahin (screen play)
Robert Louis Stevenson (based on the novella 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 »
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Awards:
Nominated for 3 Oscars. See more »
User Reviews:
Best Horror Film of the 1940s See more (80 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)
Ted Billings ... Bar Patron (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)
Bobbie 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)
Edmund Mortimer ... Reception Guest (uncredited)
Lionel Pape ... Mr. Marley (uncredited)
Milton Parsons ... Choir Master (uncredited)
Gil Perkins ... Brawler (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)

Sailor Vincent ... Brawler (uncredited)
Venita Vincent ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Pax Walker ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Martha Wentworth ... Landlady (uncredited)
Larry Wheat ... Church Member (uncredited)
C.M. 'Slats' Wyrick ... Thug (uncredited)

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

Robert Louis Stevenson (based on the novella by)

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

Produced by
Victor Fleming .... producer
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 creator
 
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
 
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 director
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 | UK:12 (2004) (cut) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #7341) | West Germany:12 (cut)

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Trivia:
The film was a notorious critical failure when released, although it eventually made a profit of $2 million around the world. Spencer Tracy later said it was by far the least favorite of the films he had starred in, and that his performance was "awful". The New York Times famously described it as "not so much evil incarnate as ham rampant ... more ludicrous than dreadful."See more »
Goofs:
Plot holes: It does not make sense how Ivy does not recognize Hyde when he looks almost exactly the same as Jekyll.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Henry Jekyll:[as Mr. Hyde] The World is yours, my darling, but the moment is mine!See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
See Me Dance the PolkaSee more »

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11 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Best Horror Film of the 1940s, 27 March 2001
Author: leecushing from Lusby, MD USA

MGM did a stellar job of producing a high quality Horror film, putting together director Victor Fleming (of "Gone with the Wind" fame) and stars Lana Turner, Ingrid Bergman, and Spencer Tracy. This film demonstrates that horror doesn't have to be campy, low-budget schtick. Like 2000's "The 6th Sense," 1941's "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" actually respected the horror material enough to demonstrate the heights to which a major studio could take the genre.

The film takes us to darker places than we dare imagined existed at good ol' MGM, home of the happy-go-lucky family musical. We see the confident, handsome, Jeckyll dissolve into a cruel, crass, foul-minded Hyde with Tracy's masterful performance.

Bergman and Turner also turn in gritty, splendid performances with their less-than-life affirming characters. Rather than playing it for sci-fi thrills, this interpretation of Robert Louis Stevenson's novel focuses more on Tracy's losing battle to tame the demon of Hyde. The result is a riveting parable on the banality of evil (all the more visceral in retrospect, given the film's release at the brink of World War II.)

The Film Snob, Lee Cushing

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