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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941) - Victor Fleming

The story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is one of the earliest and most recognizable stories of the Mad Scientist genre. It has been remade dozens of times, even to the date of this particular iteration, but still continues to be a successful gimmick that can adapt to whatever time period it's being made in. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde from 1941 isn't very different in story, but much more so in style. This version of the classic tale, has a larger emphasis on Doctor Jekyll and his philanthropy. This is a quality entry into the series. With some great acting. It just came out too soon after the last remake. 
The story basically follows the path of the original storyline. Doctor Jekyll is a good man that believes that you can separate the good and bad sides of people. He tries his own potion that creates the diabolical Mr. Hyde. A methodical and calculating villain. Different from the versions that we had seen before. He is, of course, in love with a young woman and she falls victim to…