Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Michael Sragow

in Victor Fleming

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print November 2013 | ISBN: 9780813144412
Published online January 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780813145235 | DOI:
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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Though Fleming started his first long-term contract with MGM at the beginning of 1940, progress on his project The Yearling stalled after his attempts at preparation. In its place, the studio gave him control over the adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. At the same time, actor Lee Bowman married Fleming’s stepdaughter, to Fleming’s frustration. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, released in 1941, starred Spencer Tracy and introduced Fleming to the emerging starlet Ingrid Bergman. This chapter gives a detailed summary of the film’s plot and the backstage actions of Fleming and his cast. Though Fleming did not immediately fall for Bergman, she became infatuated with her director by the end of filming.

Keywords: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; Lee Bowman; Spencer Tracy; Ingrid Bergman

Chapter.  8030 words. 

Subjects: Film

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