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
Joseph E. Levine tried to duplicate the success he had with Hercules (1958) (U.S. title: "Hercules") in the U.S. by using the same techniques. He spent $1 million (an extraordinary sum in 1959) on the promotional campaign that included extensive use of TV spots. This was backed up with the saturation booking of 643 prints. See more »
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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During a rash of brutal murders, a Scotland Yard inspector asks a visiting American detective for help in quelling the public hysteria while the psycho remains at large and continues his rampage.
This one here turned out to be a pretty uneven affair with some good and bad parts. one of the main problems with this one is the fact that instead of focusing on the savage killing and stalking, it concentrate more on the police investigation and them dealing with the locals, and that in turn leads to this one having a lot of scenes where the two policemen are either investigating a crime scene or breaking up a local mob brought on by the inability to catch the killer, which isn't all that fun. Also of note is the fact that it really doesn't focus on the investigation at all, tending to introduce them after the fact, not do much of anything there and show up elsewhere only to scoff and sneer at the locals for the lack of action in solving the crimes, leaving a lot of time to the women targets living their normal lives. when it does get to some good stuff, it's rather enjoyable with admittedly-brutal stalking scenes for the time-period, resulting in some pretty tense sequences. From the opening walk-through of the foggy streets all the way to the stalking of the dancer once she realizes her suitor's true intentions, it has a couple that make for a good time and the finale is also a lot of fun with a good bit of action and a fun resolution, making it the best part of the film. Overall, this one turned out pretty decent but disappointing.
Today's Rating-Unrated/PG: Violence.
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