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Jack the Ripper (1959)

 |  Crime, Horror, Mystery  |  1960 (Austria)
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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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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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[U.S. release] The most diabolical murderer who ever baffled Scotland Yard. See more »


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Unlike his other negative pick-ups, Joseph E. Levine did not have to dub this film into English for the U.S. release. He did replace the original Stanley Black score with a more dynamic score by Jimmy McHugh and Pete Rugolo. See more »

Quotes

Sir David Rogers: And who might this be?
Inspector O'Neill: Mr. Lowry, sir. He's an American.
Sir David Rogers: That would account for it.
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Version of Murder by Decree (1979) See more »

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Who do you think you are kidding Mr. Ripper?
15 July 2002 | by (Lowestoft, England) – See all my reviews

I wasn't intending on watching this film as it got a bad review in my TV guide. But when I saw John Le Mesurier (whom I most associate with the TV series "Dad's Army") becoming a prime suspect at the start of this Jack the Ripper themed whodunnit, then I just had to watch the rest.

The film basically uses the Jack the Ripper case as a excuse for a whodunnit. Jack's identity is pretty easy to guess (not enough suspects!), but the motive for the killings takes a bit longer to figure out.

The inclusion of an American policeman in the story does rather pander to an American audience, but it works quite well. I was cynically expecting him to solve the case before the London policeman and have a fight to the death with Jack at the the end of the film. But I was pleasantly surprised with the ending (it was vaguely reminiscent of the endings of a couple of Dario Argento's gialli).

Overall it's not a great film, but if you're into whodunnits then it's worth checking out.


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