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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde -- Spencer Tracy stars in this Robert Louis Stevenson classic about a 19th century medical doctor whose experiments into the nature of good and evil transform him into the violent Mr. Hyde.

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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:
Not the March version, but pretty good, anyway! See more (71 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 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'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:
Spencer Tracy originally wanted a realistic approach, whereby Jekyll would commit violent deeds in a neighborhood where he was unknown after drinking alcohol or taking drugs. He was disappointed that the producers, having bought the screenplay from the 1931 version, insisted on a more traditional approach. He also said he felt his wig and make up as Hyde made him look "ridiculous".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:
Ivy Peterson:What are you going to do?
Dr. Henry Jekyll:Something so simple. I'm going to put an end to all that confusion.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
See Me Dance the PolkaSee more »

FAQ

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18 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Not the March version, but pretty good, anyway!, 1 October 1999
Author: BobLib from Cherry Hill, New Jersey

Unlike Universal, MGM was never a studio associated much with out-and-out horror films (A notable exception: 1932's great "The Mask of Fu Manchu," with Boris Karloff, Myrna Loy, and Jean Hersholt). But, when they did make them, they made them with the legendary MGM class and gloss. And such a one was the 1941 version of Stevenson's "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." Unlike the March version, this wasn't a particularly scary film, but more of a suspenseful one. As befits the director who made "Wizard of Oz," "Red Dust," and "Gone with the Wind," Victor Fleming turns the story into a thinking man's horror film, and succeeds brilliantly.

As to the cast, Spencer Tracy, like Frederick March, was effectively cast against type for the part, and delivers a good, understated performance. His Hyde is very much the Hyde of the book, an evil, decayed version of Jekyll himself, rather than a monster. This last was accomplished by Jack Dawn's equally understated makeup. Lana Turner, and Jekyll's fiance, Beatrix, is little more than pretty set decoration. Let's face it, she wouldn't really prove she could act until "Peyton Place" and "Imitation of Life" in the late '50's. But Ingrid Bergman, now, that's another story! In one of her first U.S. films, she delivers a brilliant performance as Ivy Peterson, the Cockney barmaid unwillingly cought up in Hyde's insane reign of terror. Her scenes with Tracy, both as Jekyll and as Hyde, fairly crackle with energy. These are two comsummate pros working together, and they don't disappoint. In the only other supporting roles of any importance, Donald Crisp, Ian Hunter, Barton McLane, and Sara Allgood all aquit themselves beautifully.

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