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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941) - movie overview

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)

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MPAA Rating
G

Running Time
1 hour, 53 minutes

Country USA

Studio MGM

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Genre: Drama, Horror, Monsters, Doctor, Mad Scientists, Disturbing, Police, Suspense, Psychodrama, Mental Illness, Escape, Murder, Slasher

Tagline: It CHILLS you! Half-MAN! Half-MONSTER!

Plot: Victor Fleming’s version of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novel accentuates the emotional characteristics of the purely evil Mr. Hyde rather than the terror angle. With superb performances from Spencer Tracy, Ingrid Bergman, and Lana Turner, the result is a fine drama. As mental specialist Dr. Jekyll, Tracy drinks his own potion and transforms, mentally and physically, into the primitive Mr. Hyde. Hyde’s internal state is displayed via dreamlike montage sequences during the transformation process. At first Jekyll enjoys the transformations, which allow his violent and sexual urges to surface with a local barmaid, Ivy Peterson (Ingrid Bergman). But when his true love’s father, Charles Emery (Donald Crisp), consents to let Jekyll marry his daughter, Beatrix (Lana Turner), Jekyll determines to give up his secret identity. The decision comes too late--Jekyll finds himself transforming into Hyde against his will and now needs the potion to resume his Jekyll persona. At the same time, Hyde becomes more sadistic, turning a murderous hand to Jekyll’s personal relationships. Stevenson’s chilling tale has been recounted on the silver screen numerous times but rarely with such emotional power--Fleming's DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE steams and stews in a psychoanalytic examination of the evil

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 Directed by
Victor Fleming
The Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind, Captains Courageous
 Written by
Robert Louis Stevenson
Treasure Planet, Muppet Treasure Island, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
John Lee Mahin
Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison, The Bad Seed, The Horse Soldiers
 Cast
Spencer Tracy
It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, Inherit the Wind, Adam's Rib
Ingrid Bergman
Casablanca, Notorious, Spellbound
Lana Turner
The Postman Always Rings Twice, Imitation of Life, The Bad and the Beautiful
Donald Crisp
The Birth of a Nation, How Green Was My Valley, Mutiny on the Bounty
Ian Hunter
The Adventures of Robin Hood, Tarzan Finds a Son!, The Little Princess
Barton MacLane
The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, High Sierra
C. Aubrey Smith
Rebecca, And Then There Were None, Tarzan the Ape Man
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 Music By
Franz Waxman
Rear Window, Rebecca, Sunset Blvd.



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