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Release Date:
September 1941 (USA) See more »
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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:
The Best Large Screen Version of DR. JECKYLL AND MR. HYDE? 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 ... Bishop Manners
Peter Godfrey ... Poole, Jekyll's Butler

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 at Church
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)
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Directed by
Victor Fleming 
 
Writing credits
John Lee Mahin (screenplay)

Robert Louis Stevenson (novel "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde")

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

Produced by
Victor Fleming .... producer
Victor Saville .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Franz Waxman 
 
Cinematography by
Joseph Ruttenberg 
 
Film Editing by
Harold F. Kress 
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis 
 
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup designer
 
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
 
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)
 
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Runtime:
113 min | Germany:90 min | Germany:108 min (VHS version)
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Spencer Tracy's double is very obvious at various times in the movie.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Henry Jekyll:[as Mr. Hyde] The World is yours, my darling, but the moment is mine!See more »
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Soundtrack:
See Me Dance the PolkaSee more »

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16 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
The Best Large Screen Version of DR. JECKYLL AND MR. HYDE?, 27 August 2006
Author: theowinthrop from United States

The 1931 version of DR. JECKYLL AND MR. HYDE was directed by Rouben Mamoulian, and it starred Fredric March in the dual title role. It won the star the Best Actor Oscar, the only time that award was won for a horror film role (or a science fiction part). Mamoulian experimented at the start, and in one key sequence with the "I am a camera" technique, wherein the viewer was treated like he was seeing things from the perspective of the character of Jeckyll. Jeckyll himself was supposed to look like an early form of prehistoric man - nearly an ape. It's still a good performance, but many feel it is too stylized.

Ten years later MGM decided to do the property again, this time with Spencer Tracy. Tracy actually decided to follow a more classical approach to the role. He eschewed the make-up that March (and in the silent film, John Barrymore) used for the evil Hyde, and used a combination of facial contortions and lighting to change his appearance from the good doctor to his evil counterpart.

One would like to say that it works. It worked pretty well in 1888 for Richard Mansfield in his celebrated stage performance. But Mansfield could play with the theater lighting to create the physical change on stage. It was an amazing stage effect. It can't be done as well on film (or at least in a 1941 film - computerization might help today). Tracy's grimacing face does not look much different from his serious, good natured face for the Doctor. Even with the lights concentrating on his eyes it still doesn't look that different.

The result is that the audience has to make a logical jump and say that there was a physical change, in order to accept the story line. Otherwise, everyone would say that Jeckyll and Hyde is the same guy in the movie.

Fortunately Tracy's acting allows us to make such a logical jump. He was a terrific actor, and he certainly uses a subtlety in his evil that is unnerving. Except for his Arnold Boult in EDWARD MY SON he never portrayed as evil a character.

The best scene to catch Tracy's Hyde at it's best is when he is visiting his mistress Ivy. She had been hoping he would not come, but she was drinking when he arrives - to steady her nerves. No wonder - Hyde is like a cat toying with a mouse as he plays with Ivy. He plays the piano and keeps discounting various things that he and Ivy could do if they leave the apartment (as she would hope - if they are in public she has a better chance for help). But he keeps finding reasons not to do things, so that (in his opinion) it is better for them to stay at home. And even at home, they have limited options. "You could read to me," Hyde sweetly says, "But we do not have the book!" A later scene where he surprises a sleeping Lana Turner on a park bench, leering at her, is also unnerving. You never see Tracy like that in other films.

Bergman's Ivy is to be compared with Miriam Hopkins in the earlier film. Both realize that Dr. Jeckyll is sexually interested in them, and both secretly hope to catch him (not realizing that he has caught them in his bad personality). But Hopkins always seemed prepared to act like a prostitute (in the 1931 film she readily shows off her leg for March's Jeckyll). But Bergman is more tragic in a way. She has a job as a bar maid that she is serious about (Hopkins was more of an "entertainer"). Bergman's Ivy is friendly but seemingly careful, and unfortunately she falls under the gaze of an unscrupulous man.

Interestingly in the 1931 film Hopkins was singing a version of an actual tune called "Champaign Charlie is my name", changing it to "Champaign Ivy is my name." She sings it happily at first, but when March demands her singing it, she sings it haltingly and frightened. Bergman sings a jaunty number, "Do you want to dance the polka?" at the bar, but is forced to sing it (as Hopkins did the other song) in a broken version for Tracy. Interestingly enough, when Michael Caine appeared in 1988 in a two part television film about Jack the Ripper, the music in a scene involving three of the Ripper's prostitute victims used "Do you want to dance the polka?" as background music, and I believe it was not a 19th song at all, but composed for the 1941 film.

Rose Hobart played the role of General Carew's daughter (Jeckyll's respectable fiancé) in the 1931 film. There was nothing especially interesting about her (except she was pretty), so she did not do much in that film. But Lana Turner was was a rising star, and her part got built up a bit with some scenes alone with Tracy. She also appears in a sexual fantasy sequence as one of a pair of "horses" (with Bergman) that Tracy is riding. And there is that "leering" sequence where Tracy as Hyde frightens her. Turner did nicely in the role, although Bergman's part was more interesting.

The supporting parts are equally good, with Donald Crisp as the doomed father of Turner, Aubrey Smith as the righteous Bishop Manners (who is thrown momentarily by a noisy Barton MacLane in his congregation, jeering at the Bishop's homilies about Christian goodness), and MacLane himself in the brief sequence as the insane man with no compunction about doing evil.

I like Tracy's version - on most points it is better acted than the 1931 version. But March's make-up, no matter how strange it looks, still is more acceptable than Tracy's dependence on light and shadows.

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