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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)

Passed | | Horror, Sci-Fi | September 1941 (USA)
Dr. Jekyll allows his dark side to run wild when he drinks a potion that turns him into the evil Mr. Hyde.

Director:

Victor Fleming

Writers:

John Lee Mahin (screen play), Robert Louis Stevenson (based on the novella by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Denis Green ... Freddie
Billy Bevan ... Mr. Weller
Forrester Harvey ... Old Prouty
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Storyline

Dr. Jekyll believes good and evil exist in everyone. Experiments reveal his evil side, named Hyde. Experience teaches him how evil Hyde can be: he kills Ivy who earlier expressed interest in Jekyll and Sir Charles, Jekyll's fiancée's father. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Are You a Jeykll or a Hyde? See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El hombre y la bestia See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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

In the fight with Sir Charles Emery, Hyde loses his hat. In the next instant it's back on. 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?
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Version of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1968) See more »

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See Me Dance the Polka
(uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by George Grossmith
Additional Lyrics by John Lee Mahin
Sung by Alice Mock in the "Palace of Frivolties" show
Reprised by Ingrid Bergman
Whistled by Spencer Tracy (whistling dubbed by Robert Bradford)
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Bone Chilling!
8 June 2006 | by GOWBTWSee all my reviews

Many versions of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic of "DJ&MH" come and go, the one with Spencer Tracy is the absolute favorite of mine. I just love the trick camera work of this one. Where Dr. Henry Jekyll becomes the revolting and sinister Mr. Edward Hyde. The translation of the novel was well made, and as I recall, the way Hyde looked at himself in the mirror, really made my blood curdle. When Hyde went to the bar and be spilling the pounds all over, man that is one man I wouldn't be around. The dinner scene is great, and the church scene is really good as well, the only scene that really tops it was when Hyde kills a man with the cane that belonged to Jekyll. That to me is really going too far. Turning from one man into another is a game one person shouldn't play, there's always going to be a price to pay. And Jekyll had to pay it. When they showed that Jekyll was transforming into Hyde, the police never wasted any time. The book is everything, the movie is a classic. It is everything a novel lover should have. 5 stars


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