DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (Victor Fleming, 1941)

Surely it is apocryphal that Clark Gable wondered aloud why he couldn’t act as well as Spencer Tracy while he watched his M-G-M co-star in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, a turgid, overstuffed, over-fogged big production aiming to remake the 1931 Rouben Mamoulian version, which is better, rather than draw direct inspiration from Robert Louis […]

THAT HAMILTON WOMAN (Alexander Korda, 1941)

Hollywood’s gift of pro-British propaganda before the U.S. had entered the Second World War, it was called Lady Hamilton in Britain, where it reportedly became Winston Churchill’s favorite film. (The gossipy American title is more apt.) But it is hard for me to imagine that anyone could watch it, as Churchill reputedly did, 83 times […]