Spencer Tracy stars as the mysterious Dr Henry Jekyll. The good doctor experiments with dangerous drugs in an effort to help people control those evil urges that he’s sure everyone has. His motive is to benefit his society, but something goes wrong. When he pours a potion into his mouth, it changes him.
Ingrid Bergman, as barmaid Ivy Peterson, is attracted to Dr Jekyll, but afraid of Mr. Hyde. Lana Turner plays the innocent and refined Beatrix Emery. Donald Crisp plays Sir Charles Emery. I’m reminded of his role as Elizabeth Taylor’s father in National Velvet, which he wouldn’t be in until 1944.
This horror film is based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson; however, the story changed slightly for the film. Another horror film was also released in 1941: The Wolf Man, starring Lon Chaney Jr. and Bela Lugosi.