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TCM 31 Days of Oscar – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

TCM 31 Days of Oscar

TCM 31 Days of Oscar

I’ve challenged myself to watch a movie every day from Turner Classic Movie channel’s 31 Days of Oscar. I’ll be focusing on the movies I haven’t watched yet, with maybe just a few movies I’ve already seen.

Here is my 27th day and movie of my challenge to TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

8 out of 10 Stars

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde 1941

1941 Horror film. Based on Robert Louis Stevenson‘s novella the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and the 1931 Film. Starring Spencer Tracy, Ingrid Bergman, Lana Turner, Donald Crisp, Ian Hunter, Barton MacLane and C. Aubrey Smith.

The 360° Game: starts off with Balalaika starring C. Aubrey Smith, and he was in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with Ingrid Bergman who was in the next film, Gaslight.

And the Oscar did not go to… nominated for three Oscars, for Best Cinematography (Black-and-White), Best Film Editing and Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic Picture.

Short Synopsis: “Dr. Jekyll allows his dark side to run wild when he drinks a potion that turns him into the evil Mr. Hyde.” (113 min)

A note before I start watching this. And why I chose this movie… Spencer Tracy and this remake adaptation.

“Rather than being a new film version of the novel, it is a direct remake of the 1931 film of the same title, which differs greatly from the novel, due to both films’ heavy dependence on the Thomas Sullivan stage version. The movie was based on Robert Louis Stevenson‘s 1886 novella the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and directed by Victor Fleming, director of Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz two years earlier.” (Wikipedia)

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde 1941

My Thoughts: Well this certainly is a character that I have never seen Spencer Tracy play. I’ve mostly seen him in those movies with Katherine Hepburn and he was always likable. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a more darker role. I think he did a great performance. And as for the transformations I think the effects department got more creative and added new changes to Spencer’s look each time. His acting for each character must have helped others know if he was Jekyll or Hyde too.

As for Ingrid Bergman, for a moment I didn’t recognize her because she looks so young in this role. Ingrid and the other actors did a pretty good job. As for the “horror”, well it’s definitely different than the type of horror movies now a days. The music and the dramatic acting sometimes made this a little bit comical.

I’m glad I finally got around to watching this though. It’s definitely a good addition of these adaptations.


The Play by Play Thoughts

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

0:00 Victor Fleming‘s Production. And Sabbath morning of 1887, “with purity in our hearts.” Well looks like one of the people at the church didn’t agree with the bishop. And it looks like Dr. Jekyll will be going to the hospital on a Sunday for that poor man. But helping this Mr. Higgins with his experimental medicines could cause trouble!

0:09 Dr. Jekyll’s Laboratory. Looks like his experiments aren’t working. Oh and PETA would be having a field day with his animal testing.

0:12 Dinner Talk. Dr. Jekyll and his experiment of separating the good and bad side of the soul. To cure Mr. Higgins from the cause of accident at the mine, Jekyll thinks he’s gone into a sort of shock that his evil side is controlling him.

0:19 Ingrid Bergman and her charms. Jekyll comes to her aid from being attacked by some man. She’s such a charmer here and I don’t think Jekyll and his friend got her name. Just know that she’s a barmaid.

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde 1941

0:30 Jekyll’s Experiments. Harry Jekyll has been working tirelessly and has been neglecting his fiance Beatrix. Mr. Higgins is also dead and now it looks like Jekyll will need another human test subject. Who? But of course Dr. Jekyll will do it in order to keep his experiment a secret. And so here’s a dramatic note of his plans. With a note to his love and locking the doors and windows, it’s time for Jekyll to take his own medicine. And in a very dramatic way. And does it work? Well so far it’s a very strange dream with the barmaid and Beatrix.

“Can this be evil?” – Mr. Hyde.

Jekyll’s butler, Poole, is quite nosy, even acts like Jekyll’s mother. It looks like Mr. Hyde might be freed from the laboratory latter on thanks to Poole.

And somehow Beatrix felt that she lost her love. Interesting that she felt that connection. And in her scandalous way of seeing Harry, her father wants to take her away from Jekyll.

0:46 Another turn for Mr. Hyde. And these dreams are getting weirder. And now it’s off to that very show that Poole told him about and Jekyll thought it wouldn’t be right in going to. Looks like Hyde likes those sort of shows though. And who could be working there but non other than Ingrid Bergman as Ivy. Her singing has caught his attention. And it seems that everyone but Ivy recognizes Mr. Hyde as Dr. Jekyll.

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde 1941

0:58 Where has Harry Jekyll gone to? While Mr. Hyde is taking advantage of poor Ivy, it seems that nobody knows what’s become of Dr. Jekyll. So Beatrix’s letters have been forwarded to their friend John Lanyon, who isn’t even in London but will return there to look for him. And so there’s the letter to Beatrix from John telling her all this and adding a p.s. that she shouldn’t worry. Well of course she will!

1:03 Mr. Hyde frightens poor Ivy. And no wonder because she apparently has the marks of his brute evils. And yet Ivy hasn’t left her place even though she’s told Marcia that she’s not afraid of nothing and that Hyde isn’t her Lord and Master.

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde 1941

1:15 Beatrix has returned. Since her return it looks like Jekyll has given up his experiments and Mr. Hyde. Hopefully for Ivy’s sake that’s true because Marcia thinks that Ivy and her poor nerves needs to see a doctor. And who does she go to? But of course it’s Dr. Jekyll. Ivy still doesn’t recognize that Jekyll and Hyde are the same man. Well, for a moment she thought…

1:25 Jekyll and Hyde transformation without the potion. Poor Ivy thinks she is free of Hyde but he’s only gotten stronger.

1:33 Mr. Hyde can’t hide. Destroying that key to the lab and Poole not helping Hyde has kept him in the streets to suffer from his crime on what he’s done to Ivy. But looks like he’s going to try to find a way to transform back to Jekyll, with John’s help that is.

1:41 All’s forgiven. Or has it? Jekyll tries to tell Beatrix what he’s done and yet she thinks he doesn’t love her anymore. But he transformed to soon. Poor Beatrix and her father. The question is now is if he can fool everyone without transforming that he’s done nothing. But it’s no use.

1:52 The Death of Jekyll and Hyde. And in Jekyll’s death, he is free from Mr. Hyde. And who is it that kills Jekyll? His friend John who called Harry’s transformation a blasphemy.

And The End.

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde 1941

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