Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)
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Spencer Tracy and Ingrid Bergman headline this screen version of Robert Louis Stevenson's tale, directed by Gone with the Wind and Wizard of Oz legend Victor Fleming. Tracy stars as Dr. Jekyll, a scientist who downs an experimental elixir that transforms him into a monstrous alter-ego, Mr. Hyde. Lana Turner co-stars as Jekyll's fiancée, and Bergman as Eva, the woman who captures his heart. A film steeped in heavy Freudian symbolism, this production also tries something unusual by relying largely
Aug 12, 1941 Wide
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Well shot by Joseph Ruttenberg, and the transformations are effectively handled, but it's generally shallow and anaemic.
A little Freudian theory is a dangerous thing. It can make a piece of errant hokum dizzy with significance.
Under Victor Fleming's direction, it's sober and turgid but far from unwatchable, thanks exclusively to the caliber of the performances.
Conventions of the time did not allow director Victor Fleming to examine the powerful sexual undertones of Stevenson's tale, robbing the film of much of its potential insight
MGM gave the familiar story the big-budget, big-star treatment, but in the process drained it of all of its biting social and psychological implications.
Quite eerie classic thriller with Tracy surprisingly good in title role(s).
The entire effort was misconceived, one that offers more ham than steak.
Tracy himself insisted that this Jekyll and Hyde be no mere fright flick and that his character be fleshed out as a sadly disturbing human being.
Less an outright horror film than its predecessor and more a straightforward psychological study. Most of the earlier sex is replaced by a stubborn, straightlaced morality.
Botched remake of the 1931 classic.
The story behind the film (nobody was allowed to see pictures of Tracy transformed prior to release) is more interesting than the film itself, but it's still hard to go wrong with a cast like this.
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