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Jack the Ripper (1959)

A serial killer is murdering women in the Whitechapel district of London. An American policeman is brought in to help Scotland Yard solve the case.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Patterson ...
Sam Lowry
Eddie Byrne ...
Inspt. O'Neill
Betty McDowall ...
Anne Ford
Ewen Solon ...
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Dr. Tranter
George Rose ...
Clarke
Philip Leaver ...
Music Hall Manager / O'Reilly
Barbara Burke ...
Kitty Knowles
Anne Sharp ...
Helen Morris
Denis Shaw ...
Simes
Endre Muller ...
Louis Benz
Esma Cannon ...
Nelly the Woman at Police Station
George Woodbridge ...
Blake
Bill Shine ...
Lord Tom Sopwith
Marianne Stone ...
Drunken Woman
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Storyline

In 1888, Jack the Ripper is on his killing spree. Scotland Yard Inspector O'Neill is pleased to welcome to London his old friend Sam Lowry, a New York City detective who has come to visit him and is only too happy to help out with the case. Sam becomes attracted to Anne Ford, a modern woman for the age, but her guardian, Dr. Tranter doesn't quite approve. The good doctor also seems to be out when the Ripper murders occur. As the population edge ever loser to taking the law into their own hands, the police slowly close in the killer. Written by garykmcd

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This film was well remembered by horror and thriller fans from this period. The massive advertising campaign generated huge ticket sales and a high number of holdover dates. But, according to Joseph E. Levine, the film was a failure in the U.S. He claimed, "We dropped dead in every one! You'd think somewhere, a small town maybe, someplace, it would have done business. But no. That's a record they'll never come close to." See more »

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Inspector O'Neill: Well, see for yourself. Look at this street. Before this ripper business started, you could hardly move along here. Stalls, barrel organs, people spilling out of the pubs, it was a happy place. Not particularly moral, but happy.
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Referenced in Waxwork II: Lost in Time (1992) See more »

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Jack the Ripper Versions
20 March 2007 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

There appear to be two versions of this film so beware. The colourised ending with the blood seeping out seems to have been done especially as a gimmick for the USA market.

In the UK version there is no colorised ending (it's all in black and white) and it also looks as if the ending has suffered from censor cuts.

Hopefully, one day we will see a DVD release with both endings included. All screenings in the UK (on TV) have been of the UK version with the black and white ending.

Those interested in this film may also care to check out A Study In Terror in which Sherlock Holmes tackles Jack the Ripper in a hammer forror-ish style.


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