Miriam Hopkins and Fredric March
When I say I am a huge Spencer Tracy fan.. you can take my word for it. I put him right up there with James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Buster Keaton, and Humphrey Bogart – in the class of royalty! So, you can understand how it pains me to say this… Fredric March made the best Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde I’ve ever seen onscreen.
Sigh. That hurt too say even more than I thought it would.
While Ingrid Bergman and Lana Turner were outstanding in the 1941 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, my beloved Spencer Tracy made about as bad of a Mr. Hyde as was possible!
By contrast, Fredric March nailed the character – in my opinion, he gave a brilliant, true-to-character, performance. Miriam Hopkins was also breathtakingly good in the 1931 film as Ivy.