Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941) was a Drama - Horror Film directed by Victor Fleming and produced by Victor Fleming and Victor Saville.
This version of Robert Louis Stevenson's tale about a scientist who develops a potion that separates man's good and evil natures accentuates the emotional characteristics of the Hyde figure, rather than the terror angle.
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The studio had originally cast Ingrid Bergman in the Beatrix Emery role and Lana Turner in the Ivy Peterson role. Bergman felt the role of Ivy was more challenging and persuaded the producers to switch roles with Turner.
Spencer Tracy's performance as Hyde was judged by the critics in 1941 to be inadequate, principally because he was not frightening enough. In addition, Tracy was considered "too American" and too "rough" to be believable as an upper-class doctor in Victorian London. He later received an amusing telegram from Fredric March, the star of the 1931 version, who said that his earlier performance as Hyde was always compared favorably with Tracy's. After watching the film, Tracy confided to a friend that he believed his acting career was over.
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