Saturday, October 31, 2009

Spencer Tracy vs. Fredric March

TCM is showing both classic Hollywood versions of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde tonight. The 1941 version, starring Spencer Tracy in the dual role, kicks off the night at 8:00 PM ET. The printed schedule lists the 1932 Fredric March version as airing overnight at 2:00 AM ET. But, it must be noted that tonight is the night that Daylight Savings Time ends, so if you want to watch it, be careful. I note that the online schedules lists the March version as being at 2:30 AM, or an hour and 45 minutes after a movie with a 92-minute running time (which would fit). This would imply 11:30 PM Pacific time as the start for the movie, and those of us in the east would have to set our recording devices properly and hope for the best.

To be honest, I can't tell you which of the two versions is better: I've actually never seen the Spencer Tracy version!

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