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A true horror film,
This review is from: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde [1931 & 1941] [DVD] (DVD)
This film, with a wealth of talent is directed brilliantly by Victor Fleming. A fine performance by Spenser Tracy in the lead role (as Jekyll and Mr. Hyde), makes this a worthwhile movie to watch in spite of the fact another version was made in 1932, with the lead player Fredric March was honored with an academy award in the best actor category. This movie is based on Robert Louis Stevenson's novella "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde", first adapted as a play in the 1900s and filmed as a silent in 1920.
This story is about a physician named Henry Jekyll who incurs the ire of his older colleagues because of his experiments and views on separating the good and evil aspects of man's nature. Harry decides to take the serum, which he had invented himself and is briefly transformed into an evil alter ego named Mr. Hyde. When his fiancée Beatrix Emery (Lana Turner), the daughter of Sir Charles Emery (Donald Crisp) is out of town, Harry turns into Hyde using his serum and goes to a music hall where he meets a barmaid named Ivy Peterson (Ingrid Bergman); an attractive and sensual young woman whom he had rescued from an attacker few weeks ago. Later, Hyde manages to enslave her in a rented apartment. At the end of the movie everything goes wrong for Hyde as he kills Charles Emery and destroys property; the police will eventually catch him.
Lana Turner is charming, but Spenser Tracy and Ingrid Bergman have offered a fine performance in this horror movie appropriate for Halloween time viewing.
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