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Mental Illness: Major Films  
TitleDr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)
Alternative/Original Title
DisabilityMental
CountryUSA
Length114
GenreDrama
Rating4
DirectorVictor Fleming
CastSpencer Tracy Ingrid Bergman Lana Turner Donald Crisp
NotesB/W Tracy will captivate you as without special make-up he changes from Dr. Jekyll to Mr. Hyde. If you walked into the room and didn't know it was he playing Mr. Hyde on the screen you wouldn't recognise him. And nor would you think he was a monster. Because of the subtlety of his performance we get a chance to get inside the mind of Jekyll rather than react to the horror. Also as Hyde he is able to walk into a room without startling people and so we see interaction between him and others rather than people screaming and running away. For these reasons and with all the film's faults Tracy's rendition is perhaps the most interesting of all the variations on Stevenson's story. Though as a great film and as a horror film Frederick March's performance wins. Bergman looks to be happy with herself as she slums in the role of a prostitute.

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