Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde (1941)


(out of 5)

Dramatically underripe adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel, with a miscast  playing the ambitious doctor who longs to find a way to cure the human soul of its evil torments. His dabbling with potions has him discover a way to bring out the vicious, animal side of humanity, creating in him an alter ego named Hyde who abuses a kept woman () while the staid, proper Jekyll romances a lovely society girl (). Tracy’s lack of effort at Britishness and Bergman’s inability to pass herself off as a low-class London girl aside, this one would have benefited from more vigorous direction by Victor Fleming and a tighter script. As it is, there’s some wonderfully atmospheric photography that the excellent Mary Reilly would reference decades later, but otherwise it has nothing on the Fredric March version of 1932 except for superior makeup and visual effects (that really are painstakingly good for their time).

USA, 1941

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the 1931 screenplay by , , from the novel The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by

Cinematography by

Produced by Victor Fleming

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

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Academy Award Nominations
Best Cinematography (Black-and-White) (Joseph Ruttenberg)
Best Film Editing (Harold F. Kress)
Best Music (Music Score of a Dramatic Picture) (Franz Waxman)