"Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (1941) | Sam Gall Movie Review Issue #127 Gem Mint 10.0


“Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde“ (1941)

Director: Victor Fleming

Writer: John Lee Mahin, Robert Louis Stevenson, Percy Heath, Samuel Hoffenstein, Paul Osborn

Starring: Spencer Tracy, Ingrid Bergman, Lana Turner, Donald Crisp, Ian Hunter, Barton MacLane, C. Aubrey Smith, Peter Godfrey, Sarah Allgood, Frederick Worlock, William Tannen, Francis Robinson

Rated: Passed (some disturbing images)

Runtime: 1h 53min

Genre: Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Country: United States

Language: German | English

Available on: Various VOD platforms


"Dr. Jekyll allows his dark side to run wild when he drinks a potion that turns him into the evil Mr. Hyde."


You might like this if you like: Victor Fleming, Dramas, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Spencer Tracy, Ingrid Bergman, Lana Turner, Donald Crisp, Ian Hunter, Barton MacLane, C. Aubrey Smith, Peter Godfrey, Sarah Allgood, Frederick Worlock, William Tannen, Francis Robinson


Spencer Tracy (left) & Ingrid Bergman (right) in "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (1941)


I checked this one out because I’d heard of it over the years and I was a fan of Ingrid Bergman’s from “Casablanca” (1941). I was aware there were a few adaptations of this story, but I truly wasn’t familiar with it at all before going in.


I loved its exploration of good and evil, in particular evil. Almost a twist on the ‘Frankenstein’ monster story, but the experiment is on the doctor himself. It’s the monster inside all of us that is to be reckoned with in “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” (1941).


Spencer Tracy in "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (1941)


Spencer Tracy plays the terrifying a little too wonderfully! Ingrid Bergman really went through a lot in this one.. She still remained the favorite by the time the credits rolled.


I certainly have a lot of issues with its ways of normality of life, like her friends NOT helping her get away from ‘Mr. Hyde’ when they knew she was in an abusive relationship.


Ingrid Bergman in "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (1941)


For how long I’d heard about this movie whether it was in film school or just around the block, I was surprised by how dark it was for its time, but again, maybe it’s my 2021 mindset watching it that’s feeling this way more.


Spencer Tracy (left), Lana Turner (middle) & Donald Crisp (right) in "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (1941)


Nonetheless, I appreciate its filmmaking craft greatly and loved all the foreshadowing through the ‘heroic’ deeds Spencer Tracy’s character was going through, only knowing that would be him who needs the saving from by the very end.


Written by Sam Gall on 08/10/21


CGC Grading: Gem Mint 10.0


"A thoroughly entertaining and classy rendition of the classic tale. The implications of Hyde's actions are quite shocking for the era." - Andy F, Rotten Tomatoes

"Classic soundstage version of the famous horror novel which is much better than expected. There are special effects which work well enough alongside a decent make-up job for Spencer Tracy when he transforms." - Paul D, Rotten Tomatoes


"The hallucination sequences are ingenious, certainly daring for 1941... a bit of cunning symbolism was enough to pull the wool over the censors' eyes!" - Stacey D, Rotten Tomatoes


"Tracy is a chilling Hyde...Bergman is brilliant--A Bold Experiment!!" - Orlok W, Rotten Tomatoes


"Spencer Tracy, Ingrid Bergman, Lana Turner, Oh My!" - Anonymous, Rotten Tomatoes


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