Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)

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 on Tracy's shift in facial mannerisms (in lieu of heavy make-up) to convey the personality change. As a result, the movie manages to place a much stronger emphasis on emotions than on the terror of physical mutation. Neither critics nor audiences bought it: the film fell prey to critical castigation when it hit movie screens in mid-August 1941, with many indicating that they vastly prefer the 1931 Rouben Mamoulian/Fredric March version. Still, this one has its defenders.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Classics , Drama , Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Studio:
MGM

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Cast

Donald Crisp
as Sir Charles Emery
Spencer Tracy
as Dr. Harry Jekyll/Mr. Hyde
Ingrid Bergman
as Ivy Peterson
Lana Turner
as Beatrix Emery
Ian Hunter
as Dr. John Lanyon
Sara Allgood
as Mrs. Higgins
Billy Bevan
as Dr. Weller
Barton MacLane
as Sam Higgins
C. Aubrey Smith
as The Bishop
Hillary Brooke
as Mrs. Arnold
Forrester Harvey
as Old Prouty
Doris Lloyd
as Mrs. Marley
Mary Field
as Wife
William Tannen
as Intern Fenwick
Aubrey Mather
as Inspector
Lumsden Hare
as Col. Weymouth
Lawrence Grant
as Dr. Courtland
Denis Green
as Freddie
Gwen Gaze
as Mrs. French
John Barclay
as Constable
Frederic Worlock
as Dr. Heath
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Critic Reviews for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (3)

Well shot by Joseph Ruttenberg, and the transformations are effectively handled, but it's generally shallow and anaemic.

Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A little Freudian theory is a dangerous thing. It can make a piece of errant hokum dizzy with significance.

Full Review… | May 21, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Under Victor Fleming's direction, it's sober and turgid but far from unwatchable, thanks exclusively to the caliber of the performances.

Full Review… | September 26, 2001
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

If you mess with perfection, you end up with the beast.

Full Review… | August 16, 2011
Cinema Sight

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

Full Review… | August 2, 2010
Slant Magazine

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.

Full Review… | September 26, 2007
TV Guide

Audience Reviews for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

½

One of my favourite horror movies of the 40s. Great cast, classic story, it's exciting, dramatic, and somewhat romantic. I love it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Tracy is badly miscast here and it almost fatal hurts the film but the MGM gloss and beauty of both Ingrid Bergman and Lana Turner compensate somewhat.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Very very nice version of the classic tale.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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