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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:
A Bold Experiment 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 ... 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)

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:
Despite having not yet met his famous co-star, Spencer Tracy wanted the characters of Ivy and Beatrix to be played by the same actress, Katharine Hepburn, to reinforce the theme of the good and bad qualities in every individual.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
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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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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