So today I talk about Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for The 3rd Wonderful Ingrid Bergman Blogathon! a classic MGM horror movie that remains timeless today. I hope you check out other posts form the The 3rd Wonderful Ingrid Bergman Blogathon! hosted by my dear friend frorm The Wonderful World of Cinema known as Virginie Pronovost. Thanks to the wonderful host of this event if you want to check out others form event please do so. So now to present my review.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde review
Unlike Universal, MGM was never a studio associated much with out-and-out horror films (A notable exception: 1932’s great The Mask of Fu which is another classic movie by this classic studio. This version of the classic “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde” story is more slow-moving and psychological than most of the versions of this classic tale on the screen. It relies on a good cast to bring out the ways that the characters and their relationships are affected by the doctor’s weird experiment as its not a version to watch if you want horror but you will love it if you dont mind a psychological approach.
Spencer Tracy plays the dual leading role giving it a good job of creating both personas. This movie is a perfect encapsulation of Stevenson’s original vision as Spencer Tracy gives us a more closer to the book version of this evil side unleashed. Tracy’s makeup is far less monstrous than that created for Fredric March ten years earlier. Director Victor Fleming goes for exaggerations of Tracy’s features and the playing up of the psychological differences between Jekyll and Hyde. The first couple of transformations are played as dream sequences involving good girl Lana Turner and bad girl Ingrid Bergman. We don’t see the actual transformation until well on into the movie. so have big actresses like Ingrid Bergman and Lana Turner in supporting roles as both give us wonderful performances.
It is a literary-based horror/drama that has such good acting and direction that feels closer to the original book in many ways. Joseph Ruttenberg’s cinematography with Cedric Gibbons’ Art Direction and Edwin B. Willis Set Direction all recreate foggy Victorian London and Franz Waxman’s musical score all come together to create a gem. Victor Fleming directed Spencer Tracy and Ingrid Bergman in this very marvelous classic that one should see today. It’s simply a classic Gothic based novel movie that you will simply enjoy anytime.